White Rim Weekend, Moab!

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by pluric, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Over in the Utard's thread someone had posted about going to Moab
    for the Thanksgiving weekend... mountain bikes.:huh

    At first I thought I don't ride a mountain bike, then it hit me I had Friday off
    and why not take a bike? Duh. I was going to go alone and my wife had an
    issue with that due to a couple of past.... ahhh small problems. So a couple
    posts and phone calls and we had four of us confirmed. One was my son who
    only needed a bike, riding gear, helmet and gloves. Gotta love those kids.:D

    I went to the back garage where a KLR had been dry docked on a trailer for winter.
    Getting to it was another thing.

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    Once liberated the battery tender had done it's job and the bike fired right up.
    Two of the riders couldn't leave until Friday afternoon so I wrote off a chance of
    getting to Moab and a quick ride. So my son and I waited for them to ride together.

    Erick showed up first and had a couple farkels to install before KTM Ken go there.

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    Ken shows up and we are good to go.

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  2. nrspence

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    Very nice, jealous!


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  3. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    250 mile later we pull into Moab in the dark. I had not made any reservations
    thinking it was the off season and rooms would be readily available. Not.
    Thanksgiving weekend is kinda active and we split up to look for rooms.
    Just happend to run into the mountain biking Utard with his wife and 2 dogs.

    After the third motel try I got onto the KLR (I had traded bikes with my son to give him a
    vibe break) and it is dead. Nothing, not a single sign of life. The others had scored rooms
    right across the street and my son helped the ole man by pushing the KLR to the parking lot.

    Turned out the poor single trying to run with the Beasts had vibrated the positive lead off the
    battery. Phew, glad it was an easy fix.

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    In the morning we have breakfast with the mountain bikers and then head for the White Rim.
    The Tenere and my son on the KLR.

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    Erick is on his fairly new to him GS 1200, Ken is riding his 990 KTM, I'm on a Tenere
    and my son Josh is the KLR king.

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    Maybe a couple miles from Mussleman Arch Erick rolls to a stop. I didn't notice the problem
    at first. He had taken a hit to the front wheel and losing air.

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    Erick, of course, is not happy. His 1150 had spoke wheels and the dealer had talked
    him into the cast ones. I reminded him my Tenere has spokes and has had the wheels
    sent in four times now to be straightend. I finally had Woody's replace the rear set up.
    Since the exact thing had happend to me in Baja I now carry a 18" in tube. I figure
    strech for the front, stuff for the rear.

    We go the remove his front wheel and find his tools kit does not have a torx wrench
    for the pinch bolt. Nor does he have the large allen for the axle. I've go the allen from
    the Tenere but no torx. Several jeeps have stoped to help, but no one had a torx.
    I send Josh to get Ken who had gone up to Mussleman and was planning on meeting
    us there. The KTM was too the rescue once again. In the Baja he had a tube for me.
    Here he had a torx size we needed.

    Erick was happy to let me do the dirty work. We were very careful about not pinching
    the tube. The tire mounting was harder than I thought it should have been, It's like
    BMW doesn't have much of center dip for the tire to drop in. Wasn't designed for
    a tube anyway.

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    Erick seemed a little leary of having a tube and bent wheel.:lol3

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    We vote to continue on despite the time loss.
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  4. telejojo

    telejojo Been here awhile

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    You can get that wheel fixed no problem.I've had a few fixed and they were like new.
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  5. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Yup, Woody's will soon be to the rescue.:D
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  6. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    Utards to White Rim, somebody besides those Greenies (and that's a new term for them....:jose) has to roll around Utah.......:rofl:rofl

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    First thing, I pull up and they're already working on a bike....not the last time for the weekend.....

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    Just the second time....and both easy fixes or farkles....notice how you can see his face without the headlamp on....:deal
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  7. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    As we roll out, I got a good shot of Eric with his virgin wheel set. It never occurred to me until that rim bent that he had the cast aluminium wheels. The bike ran great and he was so pleased with the ESA specifically......

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    You can see a serious difference in rubber from the KLR, the 990Adv, the S10 and the GS from this photo....and that difference was obvious between the tarmac and the dirt.

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    The sun was just rising in spots and this doesn't capture the halo around the hoodo as nicely as being there.....
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  8. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    We had set Musselman Arch as the next stop so I pulled in and waited....

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    Some Jeepsters had a photographer too......thanks to her for my Muscleman photos.......

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    But then I backtracked to contribute some tools and repair time.

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    It was 13:30 when that repair was completed and after looking at each other, the joint decision was to complete the ride....remember that we're maybe 35 miles into the 150-160 mile day....:eek1

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    But it shure is purdy out here..............
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  9. TxLoneRider

    TxLoneRider Been here awhile

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    agreed :lurk
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  10. Trander

    Trander PORTLY ADVENTURER

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    Also me.:lurk
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  11. GISkev

    GISkev wwfsmd?

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  12. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    With the Beemer back we were off to continue what we started. The views
    are just amazing in every direction.

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    As I came around the corner two big horn sheep where on the side of the road.
    They took off over a small hill. Eric and I followed their tracks. He was more determined
    and went in further and did get photos of them. He is not an inmate and never follows this
    stuff so I'll never get to post his shots. I did see it on his camera... honest.:D

    This is Josh waiting for us to come back.

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    Just cause it's so beautiful.:wink:

    (The bike, not that crap in the background)

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  13. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    :lol3

    As I mentioned before it was a Utard who planted the seed for me to go.
    We ran into Kev and his wife in town and all went to dinner. He had his
    two LARGE dogs with him and had the nerve to call one a puppy.:rolleyes

    It's true, something about me feeling guilty about having his wife put up
    with us made me grab the group dinner tab. Well worth it. Good company
    and I feel I have to pay people to laugh at my bad humor.
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  14. byways

    byways byways

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    So sorry I didn't see you guys! I was there, too, and concluded that Thanksgiving week for us is the new Labor Day weekend. Utards are just too lucky ...
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  15. The Walrus

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    While Eric and pluric chased sheep,
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    I kept my moto pointed towards other pursuits.....

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    You'll notice the light becoming more and more horizontal till we hit Murphy's Hogback.

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    This is my final shot of dusk and I did not spend time taking more photos.......

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    Needless to say, we finished this ride in relative, then total darkness which began around Potato Bottom........

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  16. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I had to zoom in across the large gorge to catch Josh on he other side.

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  17. byways

    byways byways

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    This time of year, ya gotta get it done by 4 p.m., methinks. That's a long ride. My hat's off to ya.
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  18. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Well it looks like Ken has run out of photo steam. I couldn't stop clicking
    it's just all so incredible.

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  19. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Yeah, we kinda misjudged the whole time thing.

    I figured we all had lights, well the KLR has something that inpersonates a light.:wink::D
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  20. byways

    byways byways

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    But you did it, man! You've bragging rights forever.
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