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2020 Unfinished ADV - UT. CO. AZ.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Catastrophic Failure, Oct 3, 2020.

  1. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    The next section was the last of our Unfinished CO. portion of the ride.

    This route took us back towards Teluride - then we took Fall Creek to the 618. This 30 mile run was perfect Quad track and we made good time!

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    The leaves are coming down fast at 10,000’

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    A rear flat slowed progress - thanks to the team for a quick fix!

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    A Steel fencing pin was in the sidewall Ouch

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    Lunch and fuel in Dove Creek - then on towards Monticello UT.

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  2. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    We looped down Montezuma Canyon - and saw a number of cave dwellings among the Red Rocks.

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    The track had plenty of light sand and powder.

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    Spending the night in Blanding UT.

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    240 miles today

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  3. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Outstanding @Catastrophic Failure! Look forward to following along for this one, looks like you've already covered a bunch of miles as I made my way down the first page. Envious of the places you'll be hitting; definitely fodder for future riding plans :ricky :ricky
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  4. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Most excellent! This trip was on my list for this year. That didnt happen, so next year! I was wondering about the SE's at t 10,000 plus feet with the carbs, did anyone re-jet?. @rjnutt
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  5. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    We loaded the bikes in Blanding, and Hite Crossing was the beginning of our ride today.

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    Crossing the Dirty Devil River was our goal. The 75 mile loop was epic smooth ADV heaven.

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    There were sandy washes and rocky hill climbs.

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  6. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    After crossing the Dirty Devil River - the trail out to the highway was clean and fast.

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    Then we rode up and over a small range to Capital Reef and the Burr Trail. This section had some rocks on a flowing two track.

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    We then had a double header - with two front flats on two separate bikes at the same point in the ride - All riders pitched in for 30 minutes of tire wrestling.

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    After the flats were dealt with, there were easy miles that flowed through this valley.

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    Then up the switchbacks.

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    Rolling toward Boulder.

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    Finally into Escalante after dark - 225 miles

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  7. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    So we have checked off the Unfinished Utah section and are now headed to AZ. From Escalante the track ran South through the Grand Staircase. 46B35749-7E86-4BAC-BB33-28F9E8C63ED7.jpeg ED8C13FA-A921-4B8D-84A2-C8B87CFCAD91.jpeg
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  8. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Kelley Grade led down to Big Water AZ. What views and what a great ADV track!

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  9. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    These ride reports have been a cool way for me to document and share adventures over the past decade. I often look back on the reports for reference a life timeline.

    This particular ride report has been short, as this morning my father in law passed. For the past month my wife has been an angel on earth, taking charge of her dads last days.

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    Love this guy!
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  10. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    The riders left Sedona area this morning headed for Cave Creek. We knew there would be heat to deal with, so we left at sunrise.

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    We hit some two track on the way South towards the Great Western Trail.

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    We then crossed some water just prior to the GWT

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    There was plenty of company over the last 75 miles into Cave Creek.

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    145 mile day - 92 degrees of heat in the Valley
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  11. borderlinebob

    borderlinebob Been here awhile

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    So sorry for your loss CF.

    The fact that you say you “love this guy” in the middle of your report tells me that your family had wonderful dynamics.
    Many “Great” memories for sure.

    Thanks for introducing him to us.
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  12. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    liv2day, glad you are enjoying! We were very fortunate that the weather cooperated - it can make or break 1000 miles of brapping
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  13. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Bonnie & Clyde, the 950 SE Is jetted for 3000’ to 7000’ but has previously been up and over several high passes - we really feel there was a temporary minor blockage?!

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    When summiting, we definitely had to keep our right hand firm and steady - on the Pipe - as power felt down about 15 % or 20% above 11,000’

    You can do these high passes!
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  14. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    Thanks for sharing the outstanding photos.
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  15. Catastrophic Failure

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    We had a few sections on this ride that show the cool terrain in these states.

    There is water in AZ.

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    There are sharp drops in CO. and UT.

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    There are sandy washes to navigate.

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  16. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    What a fantastic array of scenery you guys traversed! I'm envious man, what a great way to spend a bunch of miles during the fall.

    And I'm sorry for your loss, I hope the grief is tempered with fond memories and the times of laughter.

    Keep the knobby side down man.
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  17. Red J

    Red J Teacher, leave us kids alone.

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    kickass.
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  18. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Thanks again to Mike R. for the route planning on this Unfinished ADV ride. The GPS and maps make the miles zip along, and allow us to deviate and explore the areas along the way. We also had several re-routes along the
    way, and the maps allow us to bounce around locked gates or private property.

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    This canyon was one example of a reroute from the planned track.

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    Captain Mike flew us home without an issue, and provided professional 5 star landings in the high winds - thank you Sir!!

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    We also appreciated the quick fuel stop and history lesson at the old Wendover Air Force Base. This is a former United States Air Force base in Utah now known as Wendover Airport. During WWII, it was a training base for bomber crews. This place was also the training site of the 509th Group, the B-29 unit that carried out the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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    PVD made up these cool bike stickers below - and we have officially finished our UT. CO. AZ. Unfinished ADV - thanks to all the team for another great one!

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  19. BarryB

    BarryB Been here awhile Supporter

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    It looks like a great ride and it was definitely a great report! So sorry for the loss of your father-in-law. I never got to meet mine, but I had a great mother in law to make up for it! Thanks for taking the time to write this up.
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  20. rbsride365

    rbsride365 Hi-Viz

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    Wow. That was an awesome ride. Great pictures too! Sorry about your father-in-law. Is the GPS track you used available anywhere? I'd love to do something like this but have never ridden in the west. Sometimes it's overwhelming trying to pick a place to start. This track seemed perfect for what I'm looking for. Most of the guys I know go out there on full blown dirt bikes and try to impress each other all week. This all looks enjoyable, scenic and generally big bike doable by an experienced rider. Thanks again for sharing!
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