Valley of the Gods

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by DADODIRT, May 6, 2011.

  1. DADODIRT

    DADODIRT Long timer

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    I left Durango after the soccer games on Saturday.
    Windy and not too many stops on the way west.
    I ran into Andreas on his dominator -NX650 - in Bluff. He is on his way from Austin to San Fransisco. I have everything I need for primative camping and was thinking about Butler Wash, on the east side of Comb Ridge. Andreas said he was heading for Valley of the Gods. I've never been there so I decided to change my plans. We looked at the maps and decided to ride together for the remainder of the day.

    Yours truly......
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    and Andreas....
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    View of the Valley....nice afternoon light.
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    The dominator on the west end of the road...
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    Andreas decided to head up the Moki Dugway. I headed back into the valley to find a camp spot. It was cold and windy all night. We lucke out in that the camp spot had a firepit and some wood.

    Sunday morning was the best weather of the trip.
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    We watched three hot air balloons take off.
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    One of them got caught in the wind and blew into the rock right in front of us. Luckily no one was injured. Big hole in the balloon, though.
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    After packing up, Andreas headed west and I headed east.

    I was still wanting to ride Butler Wash.

    A bit of sand, but nothing too tough. Glad I did it.

    The ridge in the background is Comb Ridge.
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    From Blanding I headed east through Hovenweep and stopped for lunch in Canyon of the Ancients.
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    I could see that it was rain or snow in the mountains. I kept watching for snow on the oncoming cars once I reached Dolores. A few miles east of Mancos I hit the snow. The last 8 miles were cold.
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  2. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Nice!
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  3. patmo

    patmo Long timer

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    Beautiful country and great pics!
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  4. DADODIRT

    DADODIRT Long timer

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    Thanks for looking.
    I forgot to mention that this is Southeast Utah.
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  5. Signal

    Signal Cynical Idealist

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    Oh Yeah :freaky
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  6. papa_j

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  7. Callahan

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    Fantastic and thanks for naming your travels locations
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