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2 Dirtbags do a Western Stomp - UT WY ID MT

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Eastbay Dirtbag, Apr 10, 2020.

  1. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    No line dancing, but we explored 1900 scenic miles over 11 days in August 2019. We were awed by the views, relished the remote backroads, admired the wildlife and almost got arrested. Riding through the countryside was like dancing though — getting into a rhythm and kicking up our heels, so to speak.

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    Team Dirtbag includes the usual suspects: Me…
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    ...and The Hubby
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    San Diego CA to Vernal UT
    We to trucked to Vernal over 2 days and stayed at the very comfortable Comfort Inn on the edge of town. They have a large parking lot where we left our truck. We had a tasty Mexican dinner in the colorful Plaza Mexicana Restaurant in downtown.

    Day 1 Vernal UT to Lyman WY, 185 miles (~50% dirt)
    - A fantastic day of gorges, canyons, mountains and wildlife.
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    Hwy 191 climbs above the Vernal valley past a large mine and into the Flaming Gorge NRA.
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    Name that bird
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    Red Canyon overlook
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    Watch your step. Deep crevices near the viewpoint.
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    Bighorn sheep in the gorge
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    We crossed the gorge, got gas and had lunch at one of the cafes in Manila UT.

    We re-crossed the gorge and enjoyed the quiet road through the Sheep Creek Canyon Geological Area.
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    The road climbed into the Uinta Mountains, which run east-west and have numerous reservoirs, lakes and streams.
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    Most of the road was in good condition except one section where it was narrow, rocky and steep but I can’t recall where! It was not technical though. I think it was after this Reservoir - Beaver Meadow.
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    There was hardly anyone out here except near the campgrounds and some ranchers rounding up cattle. We had a couple exciting moments getting chased by herding dogs.
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    Keyhole in the rock
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    I saw something big and brown moving in the trees. What could it be?
    Peek-a-boo moose. Awesome!
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    Seeing two moose is awesomer!
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    The road climbs to 9900 ft and it was chilly most of the day.
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    Suicide Park gravesite is located near the WY state line. The workers cut ties for the transcontinental RR. It did not go well for some.
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    Fun two track weaving through the trees. It was probably an old RR bed.
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    We dropped out of the mountains into farmland and the small town of Lyman. We stayed at the Gateway Inn, which was fine. We got pizza in town and saved leftovers for breakfast.

    What a first day! A great start to a great trip.

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  2. td63

    td63 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Carl.

    Bob?

    Great pics! Looks like the ideal route to me. Keep it coming!
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  3. Critic

    Critic More or less!

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    Wow, nice to have you back and in a big way too.....lot's of photo's!

    There has been very little in adventures rides. Right at a time when I need it most; you two are here! Thanks; we all need to take are minds off on adventures!
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  4. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Long timer

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    The bird is a Turkey Vulture. They ride the thermals and can fly for hours and hardly ever flap their wings.

    Great pictures! Keep them coming, so we can live vicariously thru your travels while stuck with "stay at home" orders from the government.
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  5. staticPort

    staticPort Meditrider Supporter

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    But which turkey vulture; Carl, or Bob?
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  6. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    :lol3:lol3 Good ones! Glad to see people still have their sense of humor!
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  7. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Thanks. I wasn't going to write up this ride because it was shorter than our usual trips, but I needed the distraction. Sounds like others could use a "virtual trip" right now.

    We used to see a lot of Turkey Vultures in Idaho but I never knew what they were. I failed Birding 101.
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  8. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter Supporter

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    I'll be following-------I think sometimes when you post a ride report you may think nobody is reading.
    But they "ARE".
    BigDog
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  9. terryna

    terryna Adventurer

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    great trip, thanks for sharing[​IMG]
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  10. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Day 2 Lyman WY to Alpine WY 165 miles (~70% dirt)
    - Another great day in beautiful mountains and long river valleys.
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    We gassed up and took paved WY412 past some old ranch buildings to Hwy 189.
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    This creek runs in front of the buildings.
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    We explored this tidy old cemetery near the junction with Hwy 189. I don't think the community of Cumberland exists anymore.
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    There is a private Haul Road between the cemetery and the highway that I think provides access to nearby gas fields. So much for eternal peaceful slumber for the occupants.

    We gassed up again in Kemmerer then headed into the backcountry on Fontenelle Creek Rd. It crosses the Sublette Cutoff of the Oregon Trail at Rocky Gap.
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    Go west Young Man! (even if we're pointing south!)
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    Lovely country and old homesteads
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    When the road entered the hills, it must have had a fabric underlayment (weed barrier?) that was popping up in clumps at the edges. It went on for miles. It almost looked like rags.
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    "Look ahead...admire the scenery...ignore the "rags"...oh look more flowers!"
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    This pronghorn was not shy. It stood watching The Hubby for a while then laid down not far from the road.
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    Somewhere along here the road became rougher as it crossed a short stretch of private property. (Note this for later reference!) No gates, just roll on through.
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  11. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    room for another one?

    most of the places are new to me and love to follow your tracks.

    :thumb
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  12. ExplorerFrog

    ExplorerFrog Been here awhile

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    My part of the world. Thanks for the reminder of how beautiful it is! Roads are drying out and time to get out there.:clap
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  13. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Thanks!
    Thanks. Let's keep this show rolling...
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  14. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Day 2 cont'd

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    Rocky and slick, this was the trickiest part of the whole route, although I still managed a low-speed get-off later in the trip.
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    We dropped into the La Barge Creek valley, which was fed by some lovely clear creeks (with bridges).
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    There was another section of private road that was rocky, rough and potholed. Long enough but not too long or technical. (Note for future reference #2.)
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    Explored a side road but it didn't go far. Hey guys, so this is where the party is.
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    We only saw one vehicle in 50 miles.

    The road climbed to 9000 ft into pretty LaBarge Meadow then followed the gorgeous Greys River valley.
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    One photo is not enough. Sooo pretty.
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    From here the road got busier but we had fabulous views to distract us from the increasing traffic.
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    Notice how the river keeps growing.
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    In Alpine we stayed at the Flying Saddle Resort. There are several buildings of various vintages. We were in the oldest, which was probably the original motel. The room was large but very dated and the bathroom needed a good cleaning. :nah I would try a different hotel next time.

    But, the restaurant on site was very good and had good service too.

    Day 2 is a wrap. It was a good one!
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  15. pratered

    pratered Jackpiner Supporter

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    I’ve ridden those same roads but, a ride report from me would not be near as fun or interesting.

    The “rags” you were seeing on the road were probably a geo textile to help stabilize the sub base. Every time the road is graded, there is a chance the blade may catch it and pull it up.

    Thanks for this report at this time.
    Stay Safe
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  16. mpusms

    mpusms Been here awhile Supporter

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    I'm in. Brings back memories from when I was stationed in Cheyenne a long time ago.
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  17. Essbee

    Essbee Been here awhile

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    What magnificent countryside! Thanks for sharing, lovely pics!
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  18. docwyte

    docwyte Long timer

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    In for more
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  19. 97707

    97707 Vulture capitalist

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    Greys River is a favorite. Lots of side trip exploring to be done there.

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  20. Zarathustra

    Zarathustra Thus He Spoke

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    Loving your report so far. Most of these roads and areas I've been able to ride but I'll probably copy some of your route in Idaho and Montana for this years trip. Thanks for the great report.
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