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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Joe Motocross, Sep 16, 2008.
Respect. It's due.
Yeah Joe Moto. I remember when we got here in '06. What you can't see is the road is washed out ten feet deep just behind me. At least you had the grace to recon up the wash and "see if she goes through",.......... "she" didn't. But I must admit, the alternate route out of the canyon was very nice!
I'm lovein it!!
You guys are awesome! Great read, super pics and can't wait for more!
Fantastic RR! Definitely hardcore adventure riders!
Kick ass report. You guys are hardcore, keep it coming!
I freakin' love Utah riding.
I've tried cooking chicken on an open fire..........It takes a long time...........Did you get it Done? Or.... as they say, "Done enough"
Sorry for the intermission boys and girls. I had a road ride to do over the weekend and riding overrules posting on the internet. We actually had to deploy our shelter this night because of a few convective storm cells. Back to the story soon
Oh yeah, 1 hour for the chicken over the fire, yum yum.
Is that beer can chicken you're working on there JoMo?
Sweet Ride Report....this was a serious adventure. I admire your guts and willingness to do some serious living. I love it!
Wow, incredible shot. Is this a multi-shot panorama, or a single shot cropped down? Would you mind sharing the full resolution file? I'd love to have it. It's inspiring!
Glad you folks are enjoying this. Like I said earlier, we do a number of these rides every spring and fall but usually only for 4 or 5 days at a time and not documented. New Trick keeps throwing in shots from previous rides. Every ride is a full adventure into very intense terrain. Day after day of demanding riding and sleeping in the dirt will wear down the best of them.
Troy, that's about 4 shots put together. I can e-mail it to you if you want.
Croffee, noodles, oatmeal and another swim in the lake and we were feeling right back into it. Even though we were refreshed, I had reservations about doing another demanding long day. We still had up to 3 days to get back to Salt Lake and I needed my partner to be totally on top of it. We discussed the route and opted to cut out a section of mostly gravel with one minor river crossing. Instead, after we crossed the bridge at Lake Powell we blasted up the pavement for 20 miles or so. This would prove to be the easiest day, a semi-rest day even. Even though it didn't seem necessary, we decided to get a hotel room for the night to completely regroup.
We peeled off the pavement and headed for the Henry Mountains.
We were on fairly decent gravel roads all day but with stunning views of the desert below.
We made the pass at 10,500 feet in elevation and took a quick look.
More of the same types of views here in this shot.
We found the road we were looking for and dropped in heading north to Hanksville.
First things first. It was past time for a cold beer after the last couple of days.
Another reason for the hotel room was some overdue bike maintenance. Look at this: a minimalist with rubber gloves? Where'd he have room for those?
The hotel owner of The Hanksville Inn had an uncanny resemblance and similar mannerisms to the actor Gary Busey in one of his strange roles. After he barked at us about tearing into the bikes in the parking lot, he turned out to be another one of those memorable characters on the journey. I saw him 2 years ago when a huge flash flood about took out Hanksville. He was squeegee-ing mud out of the rooms then. He said the slurry was 4 concrete blocks high. After the disaster he said he paid $1000 per room for furniture and carpet from a hotel in Cedar City that was remodeling and he bought 18 rooms worth. He also said he lost $80000 in the flood which left us wondering what type of math he was using. Oh well, he was cool. We wrapped it up and called it a night eager for the next day which would be pretty intense.
Milage: not much
Difficulty: no sweat
Mental Status: totally restored
Hotel Owner: as scary as Gary Busey in a B movie
Wondered what the back country looked like. Excellent photos. We too stayed at the Bates Motel in Hanksville.
The "Bates Motel" had the remodel in 06. You must return to enjoy the new luxury accommodations!!
I love riding long hard hours on the trail and roughing it, but man these wind-down days at the hotel with cold beers are like Heaven!