3 Amigos on KLRs...Utah, AZ, Co ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by freeflow, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. freeflow

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    well well.....just got back from another great ride with great friends...life is good...yeow!..we took too many pics.....but we had a blast ride....in total about 1850 miles....450+ was dirt/gravel.....well the pics tell the tale....so here we go....

    we flew into Cave Creek AZ to meet up with our buddy Todd and prep the KLRs for the run.....I managed to pick this one up out there for the ride..thanks XRmattAZ...
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    this is Todd's rocket drag strip ride....he is a big kid and cannot resist...

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    and he had some extra rubber to get rid of and mark up his new home garage floor...big kid......ATGATT...
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    well tall tales. and gettin ready to get outta dodge in the morning....
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    more lies and spin....I am off looking for the boots cuz the bullshit is gettin deep...

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    sun is setting....the stable is ready for some long overdue exercise...
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    Mark had to give us a kick ass drum solo after we had some tequila...thanks Mark
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    Day 1
    we head out and stop for some breakfast...we knew we were in for a Ho - Hum day...
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    we head past BArtlett Lake and out of Cave Creek towards Bloody BAsin on some nice dirt to get things started...

    not long and we run inot this guy...Art...with a blown tire....he was rambling on..."you are the first people I have seen in almost 2 days!"....46 hrs he was there...blown tire and no jack etc....so he thought....
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    "can you believe it...nobody else thru here in a day and a half ....almost 2 days!"...

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    well he has AAA....and no phone....we thought we can get his tire changed....or at least get his lat/long from GPS and ride out to send help....well Art is a retired referee and carries his flag...I asked him to do the blown tire signla...but he didn;t know it..
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    well enough of the pics...let's get a log and rocks and get his tire up ......oh wait...look here under your passenger seat Art...a JACK! :baldy .....well he goes on to tell us that God sent us and we are...blah blah.....I only had to break off 2 lug bolts but we got the tire on and sent him back....god sent us to help those whom cannot help themselves......2 days alone waiting for help to magically show up in the desert....LOL...

    back on the road we go...the Great Western Trail up to bloody basin...
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    see the KLR?...

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    Randy sloggin on...
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    he is a clown...and had wet his pants I think....

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    and Todd like to hit washes fast and give himself a pinch flat....ok 20 minutes...
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    headin up to Crown King....

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    Stop for a cold beverage in Cleator....catch it on the right day though..
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    we ride up to Crown King...a nice area....
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    we grab some lunch and plan to ride up tp Prescott via dirt
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  3. freeflow

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    out of Crown King.....nobody around...
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    not as many pics....I was....:ricky
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    about 50 miles of this ...
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    to arrive and get a cool old room here.....can you taste a cold one?...
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    Day 2..we head up towards Williams on ?? 70?....nice pavement feels good...

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    Grand Canyon and tourists
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    2 brothers
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    ponderous
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    rolling up towards Page for the night...
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    a local navajo woman draws us a map or a dirt road to Page...
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    the sun is setting
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    Any Dam quastions?.....the Glen Canyon Dam...
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    thinking of my BASE brothers who are at Bridge Day....cheers.
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    an interesting night and tales from a tour bus full of Germans....their advice to America?..."stop thinking so much and have some fun"...LOL...

    Todd's KLR is a coffee getter in the morning...didn;t spill a drop.......
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    we bust out and head towards Kanab...to check out Zion and Escalante...


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    brisk morning...
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    Randy sloggin along...
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    yummy breakfast ...huevos rancheros in Kanab...
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    rolling up hwy 89 towards Zion...
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    and the colors are fantastic!
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    the next series is from Zion NAtional Park....and pics do NOT do it justice...
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    ahh yes...and the road...fun stuff...
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    onto North to Red Canyon on hwy 12

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    north end of Bryce Canyon...
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    further up hwy 12....look folks...we have riden many places...but this was by far in our top 10 of scenery and road....from Escalante north then to Hanksville...a great ride....and change of scenery....liek a 7 course meal..
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    onto the salad course....aspens and pines....
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    then into capital reef...red rock
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    we roll on and blast into the night towards Moab and bed down...more dirt tomorrow.....and snow...
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    after a nice dinner and bumping inot a guy ina ADV shirt...turns out is was Ned!....FYYFF...day 4 we decide to stay around Moab....so we head out and up...

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    and then at gas stop we bump into these 2 on a weestrom and KLR and get chatting and low and behold. it is Smitty (and Rob) of ADV lore...
    (Get your damn alaska ride report done!)
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    thinking of all YFFs
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    we roll on....

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    and snow is at about 10,000 feet...
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    KLR's like snow and ice...what could possibly go wrong?...glad the GS is at home....
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    Burro Pass.....let's have a look
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    note to self...taking pics while riding on ice is stupid....but had to try..
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    past peak...coming down...
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    Todd tells me FY for coming up with this crap...
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    O K corral...
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    we head down the mts and into Colorado for a little loop and some lunch in NAturita...a freindly place.....say Hi to Ken here...
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    Just rode through there (Zion, GC, Bryce) in September. You got some great road shots of that area!!!

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    Beautiful pics!
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    jp4evr I'm a dad, have a ceegar

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    fantastico! So far so good. If I could have two bikes the other would be a KLR. like a good horse.

    anywho - great write up and great country pics.
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    after Naturita we head towards Gateway Colorado on hwy 141...a great road with scenery[​IMG]

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    next to the new big lodge and gas station being built in Gateway by the owner of the Discovery Chanel (we were told)...is John Borwn canyon...a good road.....56 miles to Moab...22 on gravel and dirt...doable on a GS with ease..a good short cut to Moab....

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    you even get a welcome at the state line..
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    pictures do not do this justice yet again....the colors were surreal
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    we slumber at the Red Rock Lodge in Moab.....a good place...full moon was awesome
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    more to follow...
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    :D the next morning we stop and visit Fred ( and now Amy) at Arrowhead Motorsports in Moab....all yoru KLR needs...he is a greta guy....and a new rear tire for me was in order....and some other bits to show the KLR that I care

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    from there we head down hwy 46 Utah to 90 Colorado....again nice roads...
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    thsi is coming east of Norwood...
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    some nice color...and Hey Enduroince.....dayum you for living in this beauty...you better apprecaite it every damnit day....
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    we stop in Telluride for soem lunch...and ponder the passes ...
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    more to come...
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    we hear that Beartooth pass is a no go....and info on imojene (sp?) pass is dodgy and unknown...sounds perfect to us...let;s go check it out...

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    at 10,000 feet.....many fresh rock slides...
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    we ran up to about 11,000 feet and cleared a few rock slides and snow and decided to turn back...late, and unkowns....turn back...
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    so then we went up the road to hwy 62 to cut over to Ouray....

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    getting dark and cooling off in Ouray and we are gonna head over the passes to Durango...
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    more late.....
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    I have been your route 3 or 4 times and still want to go back again. Great report and pictures. Thx for sharing.
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    So Amigos...was this plate at 'Cave Dwellers' just short of House Rock?...or was it really in Kaneb?

    I was thru there in Sep. heading east. I was gunna take the House Rock/Wire Road, but no gas, so I went towards Page and found a two-pumper called Cave Dwellers. It turned out to be fly fishing camp with a great diner. Had Enchaladas Huevos (or something like that) before heading back for the dirt road out of House Rock.

    Nice pics and I thought Hwy 12 was the best touring pavement I've ever encountered. -p
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  14. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Sweet pics Jeff :thumb

    Looks like a good ride!
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    You sooo wanted to jump off this...huh?.....:D

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    Great report bud..man your making me miss the West in a MAJOR way....:deal

    You home already?Did you fly the Cessna down???
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  16. DarkRider

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    Awesome pics and thanks for sharing! I'm planning a trip up there next fall...haven't don't the UT side (CO/AZ is it for now). Any chance one of you had a GPS and kept a log...would save me tons of time as this looks like a great route.

    Thanks again
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    freeflow get in or go in Supporter

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    that was at a little place in Kanab at the SW corner of the 89 S light....yummy....ran into an interesting fellow there as well....
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    Hiya mule!....there were soo many base jumpable cliffs that had me pondering it....dodgy landing areas though.....

    I bought a KLR out there, had my buddy pick it up....I flew out there for a quick ride since Shelly was tied up with soo much work....so the boys bugged out for a ride...to close the season....
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    what route>?...the road route?....or the "dirt" areas.....there was many spots that I wouldn;t have wanted the GS....call me a wuss....you go ahed...I'll film ya...

    take 141 in CO up to Gateway...then take John Brown canyon road over to Moab (56 miles...22 gravel/dirt)....no GPS needed just ride it..Moab down 191 to 95W then 24 W....12 South is a MUST!...over to 89 then to 9 for Zion....all good stuff....

    I can send you my Moab east map with highlighted route...you can pull GPS coord off it....I didn;t see the need for GPS on this run...
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    on with the show...like I said before too any pics....for a local US ride....but still gonna lay it up for YFFs

    heading up out of Ouray...


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    HWY 550 is a road of lore.....and it is nice during a cold sunset....
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    pic quality suffered....but worth a post..
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    we finallly arrive in Durango.....wanted to stay at the STrater Hotel...but oly one king size bed....and sorry, we are NOT that way....so time for a beer at the Belle Plaine...
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    these fine folks thought we should have a whisky...so a sip on MArker's mark was on them...thanks!...fellow travellers...telling tales of living in Russia for 2 yrs...up in Durango to ride the train....
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    roll the bikes down the block and get a room...this is the bed for tonight...WTF?...teddy bears...LOL..
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    a dinner at the Ore House...since my fav was closed......anyway wake up to the train whistle....los Lobos on "call me insane, but everybody loves a train".
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    we asses a gas tank valve leak on one bike...and hit the road...
    a bit of chilly rain mist heading in....road blast home....s of Cortez
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    rain or no rain, we are gonna see some stuff...so monument vallety way we head and stop for lunch in Mexican Hat....and the bridge..
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    not a bad parking spot right?...
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    the rains trying to get us....rolling across monument valley...
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    I will beat the rains...
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    the holes were in our favor...
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    a truck wreck.....rain and spilled diesel fuel....my favorite...
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    we rolled on and thru Flagstaff....rain and 36 degrees and night coming....let;s push on and get down the valley before it turns to ice...we blasted down the super slab intot he night and rolled into Cave Creek at 8 pm back home...a great ride...and fun....and with great friends...life is good....


    the next morning ...the KLRs get some TLC, fresh oil and a slumber ready for the next ride.....Lucy doesn;t seem to care, but is glad we are back..
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    the flight for me back home was interesting and rough...we coudln;t get over the top of this storm at 36,000 feet....
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    that ends this ride report......and puts a close for me on the riding season...I am ready to get home to my gal and curl up for the winter and get the dream seeds planted for next summer.....cheers to all ....ride on....keep on living up to it......salud...


    Links to the past year ride reports for me....yawn...life is good...thank you ADVrider

    Honduras and back and the US run
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80909

    local lake superior laps..
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=93024

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=98072

    Local silliness.....4th '
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=86444

    Airshow...
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=82469
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