Yuta North

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by dirt4me, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. dirt4me

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    [​IMG]I headed out Wednesday morning with no particular destination in mind. Those tend to be the best as we all know. I grabbed a couple bottles of water and was off. I headed up and over to Bear Lake, towards Star Valley, WY. At first I kept thinking I need to head home and get some things done. 320+- miles later and several hours of good quality seat time and I made it back to finish my chores. It was a terrific day, and spectacular country. If you ever have the chance to ride this area of Star Valley up to Jackson Hole, WY. do it, you will not be disappointed.
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  2. dirt4me

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    Native Americans and Pioneers used this cave and others near by Weston, ID. for their Day-Trippin overnighters.

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  3. dirt4me

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    Today thought I would visit a place I hadn’t been in many years, Antelope Island at the Great Salt Lake. Traffic was light on the two lane as I headed south and the sun rose over the mountains. The bike was running fine and smooth. Lots of Peaches on the trees and at the multitude of fruit stands along the way. The hum of the bike, and the rush of the wind around my plugged ears, some how seems to relax away the cares of the previous week, very cheap therapy.
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    Some deer heading back towards the island after a night feeding in the nearby alfalfa fields.
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    A coyote engaged in some sort of shenanigans...
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    Made my south on the island over to the Fielding Garr Ranch, spent some time wandering around there wondering what life was like for this Great x 3 grandpa of mine back in the 1850's out here.
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  4. dirt4me

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    I finished up with my Saturday chores; watched two terrific grandkids play in their soccer games, figured it was time to head out. Go west… I thought, so it is… <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    As I headed west at Malad and looking forward to seeing the Curlew Grasslands, I noted that the numerous patches of scrub oak and some of the aspen had changed over to their fall colors. The majority of the terrain was covered in sagebrush. Nearer to town, thousands of acres of hay being put up after one last cutting.
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    This may not be the loneliest road around, but in the 2+ hours I spent out here I saw one truck headed the same way as me and one biker and one car coming towards me. Very quiet.
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    I looked over many a hill trying to find the grasslands, found the sign but not really anything I would call grasslands. Sagebrush yes, grasslands, hmmm, they were probably over the next hill left unexplored.
    <o:p>I sat and listened to the wind blow, drinking my bottle of water, thinking about those folks that lived out here in these homes and the families they raised, what were their lives like. This area reminds me of where my dad was raised near Neely, ID.
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    <o:p>These boots ain’t made for hiking but they’ll do.</o:p>
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  5. dirt4me

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    A few weeks ago I needed a red rock fix in the worst way. With that in mind I meandered down to Capitol Reef. The day went perfect which can be rare for me. Enjoy...

    Below is the Nielsen Grist Mill-1898
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    Above is the Old Fruita School House within the park.

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    Not sure what this little plant is, but I liked it.

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    The Behunin Family of 10 once lived here. I got nothing to whine about.

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    Long way down, Goosenecks with Capitol Reef. That's it for now..
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    Spring fever - well it made it up to 40 F., today, so I decided it would be a good day to go fishing or ride the machine. I couldn’t make a decision so I took the bike and strapped on the ever attractive small Rubbermaid black beauty box, with a bit of fishing gear and was off to Blacksmith Fork Canyon, a short ride my house. On the ride up it was a tad nippy at speed but only my knee caps got cold. The road was surprisingly clear of road salt/sand used to melt the white stuff over the winter.
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    Needed to lock in the hubs, but decided to just walk in the rest of the way to the river.
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    Spent a couple hours fishing along the river and caught a couple of these 10-12” trout. Not big by any means, but still fun to catch on ultra-light tackle. The big yellow ball in the sky felt good shining down on me, it’s been a long cold winter round these parts. After snagging a few bushes along the river edge I decided to change things up and ride on up further and see how it looked.
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    Saw two separate flocks of these guys along the road, there’s getting to be a fair number of ‘em around here.
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    It looks like they are still feeding these elk at Hardware Ranch. Always fun to see this many in one spot. Also saw a bunch of deer but no good pics to share. On the way back down the wind was cranking, then I almost got taken out by two woolly sheep that jumped across the road as I approached, dumb things. It looks like they wintered over up here.
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  7. dirt4me

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    Finally was able to peel away for a couple quick rides in the past couple weeks. Saw quite allot of these Arrowleaf Balsamroot.
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    It was spectacular actually; pictures just can’t do it justice.

    The 30+- mile road between Bern, ID. and Soda Springs, ID., nice quiet ride.
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  8. dirt4me

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    Well it’s about time to get a couple of pics posted from a recent trip to Moab. As many of you know it’s a truly beautiful, relaxing and inspiring place. No broken bones, no skin grafts. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    We skipped going last year as I was adding on to my wife’s house. And during the trip in 2012 we came upon a truck rollover in Kane Canyon and several of us did CPR on a young man that did not make it, messed with my mind a bit, sad deal.<o:p></o:p>
    This round however was worth the trip.
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  9. dirt4me

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    On the way home from Moab my son and I decided to run up 9 Mile Canyon near Wellington and Price. Lots of rock art and peaceful setting. Worth the trip.
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    A couple pics. 15 minutes from my house, not a bad view.
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    So I finally had a couple days to burn and decided to head north to the Jackson/Teton area. The ride up was uneventful; the air was crisp but not too cold. The old V-Strom thumped away without a hitch. Stopped at the cemetery in Soda Springs and paid my respects to my Great Grandpa.
    Pulled into Jackson around 11:30 and decided it was time for breakfast/lunch. I was going to stop earlier but didn’t feel that hungry so I decided to wait. After a quick bite at “Great Harvest” I headed north out of Jackson. The Tetons were as majestic as every other time I have seen them. After turning west at Moose Junction, I paid the $20.00 entrance fee for a motorcycle and headed into the park. I was quickly tailgated by a newer Suburban anxious to exceed the speed limit. I am supposing he had not been in the park before and not knowing the zealous nature of the park rangers in patrolling the speed limit. I pulled into a turn out and let them by and admired the mountainous view. Wasn’t even 5 minutes later and I saw them pulled over, bummer.
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    I kept on moving north for the next few hours stopping, talking with other folks curious about my choice of transportation. The views were spectacular, so much so my photo’s can’t begin to due them justice.
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    After a few hours of asphalt and a few dirt roads, I turned back towards Jackson. I stopped at a Maverik Store and was fueling up when a nice old fellar also at the pumps, asked if I had come up this way all by myself. I smiled and said nope, there was a dozen or more of us when we left, but one by one they dropped off into the weeds, and I’m the only survivor so far. He got a kick out of that thought and we both laughed. That's it for this round
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  12. thegraydog

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    Glad to see this travelogue continue. You really see the country. Thanks.
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  13. therealjared

    therealjared Been here awhile

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    I'd love to spend a few weeks (or months) in your neck of the woods sometime. Beautiful country.

    Sorry to derail, but what windshield are you using on your V-strom? Its flare out at the bottom looks like it might solve some of my turbulence problems on the Wee.
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  14. dirt4me

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    Yup, I am a lucky guy. Just never enough time as we all know to see all that's out there for us.

    As for the winshield on the V, it came with it when I bought it used, it developed some stress looking cracks after a few years and the manufacturer "Windstrom" was good enough to go half on a new replacement with me even though it was well out of warranty. Safe travels...
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    Update 8-29-15

    It’s been a while since the last post, most of my rides have been short and sweet, had my knee and then shoulder tuned up. Just waiting for enough strength in them, so if/when I dump the old V-Strom on some washed out dirt road, I could get it back up on its wheel’s.

    So I burned it out on the road at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning, heading for the City of Rocks in Southwest Idaho about 140 miles from my home. The early morning riding was great, cool but not cold. The smells of morning seem different, better, than other parts of the day. Stopped just past Snowville in the rest stop area and saw this here beauty. The fellar that owns this rig would make a great ADV inmate. When you have a snorkel that goes up past your windshield that’s a serious ride.

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    Left old blue to cool down while enjoying a couple short hikes.
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    I understand that Pioneers coming through this area on their way to the gold fields of California would many times write their names and other short messages on the rock using axle grease. In today's world they'd get arrested.
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    After a few more sort hikes around and watching several folks climbing the sheer granite rocks. I decided to head back. I gotta say this area would be a great place for a Subaru commercial, far and away the vehicle of choice for the rock climbing folks.

    Stopped here on the way back though, in Almo, ID. for a refreshing beverage. Felt great to get out and see some new places.
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