UTAH Rock Fight - 8 days - 1800 Miles Offroad

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Catastrophic Failure, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    We have an 8 day loop sketched out, riding the State of Utah clockwise. After a 800 mile truck/trailer program, we will start out in Brigham City Utah on this Friday. I will try to update our ride each night, and give a quick report on the varied terrain. The three riders expect to see everything from red rock canyons to wide open desert scape. :D

    The pilots are:

    Mike R. - Lead Dog and route professor. He has the group hitting some of the most spectacular tracks in Utah. Thanks again to many of the ADV riders before us who broke these trails. Lead Dog always keeps us on track, even when we are riding back home with our sons.

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    Paul V. - Sweep and chief mechanic. Every rider needs to know their own bike, but it is cool to have a sharpshooter wrench on hand for unexpected repairs. Thanks in advance for all of your help Paul :clap

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    Marc M - Catastrophic Failure. I will take photos, mis-spell words, and buy the beer. :1drink

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    We are hoping for some classic fall weather, and some long runs through open spaces.

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    Maybe some classic red rock canyons too.

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    The three of us have ridden many thousands of ADV miles together, and with several other great riders! But it never gets old exploring fresh land and taking new corners every single day. :D:D:D

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    Day One takes us away from Salt Lake City into the Wasatch Mountain Range. In 2013, 85% of Utah's population
    lives within 20 miles of the Wasatch Range, mainly in the valleys
    just to the west. Since the mountains top out just below 12,000 feet, the Wasatch peaks are not especially high compared to the Colorado Rockies. However, they are sculpted by glaciers, yielding notably rugged sweeping scenery comprable with other prominent ranges in North America.

    Route for Day 1, will cut into Wyoming for a few miles.

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  2. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    My 2003 KTM 640 Adventure is same machine that I have always ridden over the years. No major modifications other than a being lowered an 1" or so, a Rich's custom seat, a pumper carb and an Akropovic pipe. Below are some of the ADV routes I have taken 'Old Reliable' on :pynd

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    Actual past GPS routes shown in Gggle Earth - The PINK is UTAH route this coming week :1drink

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  3. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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  4. outfront

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    I'll be watching.:lurk
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  5. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    800 Miles of pavement today... left early and got into Brigham City Utah late...

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    We past a couple of positive signs for this ride on the way here :D:D

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    The riding starts in the morning :clap:clap
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  6. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Up and out of Brigham City, light hail/snow right out of the gate. Up Blacksmith Fork Canyon. We saw a couple hundred hunters stalking the trails.

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    Up and over the Monte Cristo Range

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    Started to hit some heavier snow patches and sloppy conditions.

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    Stopped for lunch in Evanston, WY. and checked the maps for potential 'getouts' in case the snow got worse. :1drink

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    It did! Snow got heavier, and the temp. dropped from mid 30's to low 30's with strong wind. Brrrrrr....:D:D:D

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    Ranchers were busy checking fences and chasing livestock down fromt he higher hills.

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    Colder and slicker as the day went on... :huh:huh

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    The weather finally started to break as we snuck into Wyoming, and finally got near our destination of Flaming Gorge Resevoir. 265 miles today

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  7. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Brrrrrr. :clap
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    Nice way to start it out, weather is looking better ahead.
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  9. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    While day one wasn't a knockout punch, it was a standing 8 count for the riders. We went down to one knee, but will get back in the ring again today for 216 miles, past a swinging bridge and some dinosaur rocks.

    PVD is riding his 2008 990 Adventure. It has Leo Vince pipes and has been EFI re-mapped to go go go.

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    Lead Dog is riding a 2009 950 SE Erzberg. It has been re-piped re-jetted and has a large tank for covering the miles. It also has the suspension to eat up any suprises at speed :wink:

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  10. boydracing

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    Subscribed!!! Can't wait to see what unfolds! :drif

    By the way the SE looks awesome. I have a 2001 640e LC4 and a 1997 620 EGS Adventure. I've always said that they were as big as I'd ever go, but the 950SE looks like my style!
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    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    We left the Flaming Gorge Reservoir and ran into Homeland security at the dam. Then met up with K. O'Connor on his BMW at the juice station. He and his GS were rolling towards Montana, and we shared some war stories :1drink
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    We headed East through the Clay Basin on Browns Park Road. This goes towards the Swinging Bridge, which swings over the Green River... in Colorado :lol3

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    Big Views over every hill in this part of the world :clap
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    After the bridge we headed South on Crouse Road, and went past one of Butch Cassidy's old hideouts :huh:huh

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    We had a quick lunch in Jensen Utah, and headed towards Dinosaur National Monument

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    Minors Draw Road took us up towards DNM

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    Today was an Epic soils day for dirt biking. Much like the day after a huge snow storm dumps tons of powder at a ski resort. The past few days of heavy precipitation in this Park, made the ride incredible. No dust, great traction and big gears :evil:evil

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    I have hiked the Grand Canyon, but the views in the DNM were equally as powerful. Careful, that first step is a Doozy :D

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    We then headed South towards Hwy. 40 over a couple of washed out passes.

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    There were some tall gear, single lane gravel on our way towards Rangely CO. The GPS tells the story of these pefectly watered down tracks :eek1

    220 Miles today :freaky

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  12. minerbill

    minerbill Emits Methane

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    It was great meeting PVD at the car wash in Rangely washing off some of the local color.

    Safe journey fellas and have fun! :freaky
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    Thank you Sir for the heads up on the Alternate Routes. We did some map work last night and have a couple choices. What a great part of the world you live in :clap:clap:clap

    Below is an overhead shot of the Dinasaur route we rode yesterday.

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    15 miles out of Rangely we spooked some wild horses. It took these animals about 10 seconds to bolt 400 yards up a rock ridge.

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    We rode the Overlook Ridge on 194, and had 100 mile views, and lots of rock formations :1drink

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    Some left over water from the recent weather events :lol3

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    9000' and sun

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    128 into Moab :1drink

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    Thank you Jim Ryan for the fork repair. Nice job, glad you had the parts! :clap:clap

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    202 miles today, and lots of ADV riders in town :clap:clap:clap
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    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    We started the morning riding South out of Moab on the 114, headed for Hurrah Pass. The next 60 miles is the Double Black Diamond section of the Utah Backroad Discovery Route - UTBDR. Yes, expert only actually applies here, be warned :smile6:smile6:smile6

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    Hurrah Pass

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    We actually had a one hour hunt to find the correct canyon after Hurrah Pass. We all spent lots of energy going up and returning from dead ends

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    Once we found the correct route, we fought our way up and through the rocks. This box canyon had several step ups that require good momentum, or certain failure :lift
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    Clutch and gas are your friends here :wink::wink:

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    If you do this section, be prepared to do a little bit of this and that... :rofl

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    We ran into some locals, who were very impressed that the big 990 was making time through Lockhart Basin :clap The riding remained challenging, 5 hours to run just 60 miles of these red rocks.

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    After a stop for fuel in Monticello Utah, we continued on the UTBDR up and over Manti - LaSalle National Forest. This section rolls up to about 10,000' and is changing colors now.

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    After LaSalle we hit the Causeway, which is a ridge run that goes forever :rofl

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    In the early evening the deer came out of the woodwork. They seemed to be around every corner. So the boss decided the oldest bike should go first, because it Clanks and Rattles more than most. Not more than a mile up the Causeway, look who I almost tagged. This bear and I met around a blind corner. We both hit the brakes, we both blinked, and we both went our separate ways :D

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    With sunset coming and going quickly, we had to make a run down the 106 and onto Lower Butler Wash Road. We were running hot in the dark, and had to switch from Missiles to Guns for the last 10 miles :1drink

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    11 hours- 200 miles, rocks win the day... by a hair :freaky
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  17. haystack

    haystack Just ride

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    Looks like a great route. Nice riding on the rough.

    Is this your team jersey?
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  18. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Ya, team jersey! Like in 1st grade, they pin your name and homeroom on your chest. If one of us gets lost, we just ask if the guy had a RED jersey on :D:D:D

    We looking for sponsors anytime...
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  19. Deseret Rider

    Deseret Rider Been here awhile

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    Now that's the way to do a ADV report----would like to see your Continental Divide ride ---Is it gone now?
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  20. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Sorry, the CD Ride Report has been blown up :cry But we hope to complete that ride again in the future :1drink That route is a classic, and offers a ton of open space, good paced riding :clap:clap
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