Alone on the GCBAR - Again

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dave6253, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. Motophycomaniac

    Motophycomaniac Been here awhile

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    GREAT PICTURES!!
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  2. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Great pictures and riding!
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  3. JayElDee

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    Perhaps a noobie question, but my first GS is in the near future.
    How do you ascertain the roadworthiness of the water hazards in your last few pix? Do you walk them first? How do you know they are not quicksand and gonna swallow you or maybe just your back wheel, or front, whole? they don't look deep, but what is the conventional wisdom of assessing them, and what do you do?
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  4. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    My morning ride continues to be colorful and fast.

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    Viola-tor should recognize this point, as we've ridden street bikes to this one before.

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    I ride out to one more East Rim Point for one last look at the Shinumo Altar.

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    I cross the Highway 67 and do a short stint on the 22.

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    I plan to explore several new tracks today that lead up to Jacob Lake.

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    I was paralleling Highway 67 on a maze of fun tracks.

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    And this is Jacob Lake. Smaller than I expected.

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    It is now lunch time and I'm hungry for a real meal...

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  5. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Thanks, @top_dog! I hope you get a chance to ride here.

    Hey @PeterKaa! When were you there? My trip was a month ago as well. It started on October 9th. I occasionally saw motorcycle tracks on the 220. Maybe they were yours? I rode around without much of a plan up there before, but have learned quite a bit about the area on my multiple trips up there, and by studying the maps. The 220 would be a little easier downhill, but not in the dark. I have some stupid, record-setting, dark riding coming up as well.

    Coyotes shouldn't bother you. Bears aren't much of an issue around the GC. Perhaps some of the South Rim areas would have bears. Mountain lions can be found anywhere there are deer in Arizona, but they rarely attack humans. Snakes are possible, but I rarely see any. Most people feel safer with other people around them, but people prey on more people than animals do (and many of those people were known and trusted by their victim). I almost never even bother with a fire.

    Glad I could help with your plans, @Ginger Beard.

    Thank you, @Motophycomaniac!

    Thanks @eemsreno!

    Most can be skirted on the edges where you can see the surface. I don't wade into these puddles first. Some of it is just experience judging the type of surface you are on. Most of the trails on the Kaibab Plateau are gravelly and hold up fairly well when wet. Hope that helps. I had 100 miles of mud experience recently.
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  6. PeterKaa

    PeterKaa Been here awhile

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    I was in that area around the 13th to the 15th (would be days 2-4 in my ride report).
    Just looking at a map, it can't have been my tracks though. Turns out i was more lost in that dark than I originally thought :p
    Riding alone in dark forests should be forbidden :p

    I ended up going east on Point sublime trail coming from Crazy jug point, but what roads I took in between I have no idea really, steep rocky switchbacks with some mud thrown in between :-)

    Again compliments on the pictures, I ended up not carrying any proper camera gear so mine are all gopro or iPhone, which just does not do those views any justice.
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  7. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Dude! I was at Point Sublime and camped at Crazy Jugs on the 13th! We passed each other somewhere, going the opposite direction. What a small World. I know the roads you are talking about. The steep switchbacks are the 609, 272, and 250. The mud is near Quaking Aspen Spring. Fun roads I'll be reporting on soon. Nice report you got going, and a sweet bike.
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  8. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I had a delicious burger known as "The Grand Bull" at the Jacob Lake Inn.
    If you come near here, make sure you eat here, or you will be missing out.
    This is the only reason I rode to Jacob Lake today.


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    I returned to my bike to notice something was askew...:hmmmmm

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    This is what the quick release attachment for my panniers are supposed to look like.

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    This is what one of them look like now. Crap! I would like to think this hasn't been broken long.
    Surely I would notice my heavy pannier flapping around with only one attachment.
    I'm embarrassed to say, after looking through my pics, it wasn't a recent development.:shog

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    I went in search of a bolt and nut long enough to replace the attachment. I figured that was the easiest way to fix it.
    The gas station was closed, except for pay-at-the-pump, and the grocery store didn't have anything.
    I bothered a Coca-Cola repairman who searched his large toolbox bed of his truck, with no bolts big enough found.
    I returned to the bike trying to think where I could rob Peter to pay Paul.
    Then I realize the rubber bumper was also missing. Oh yeah! I actually bolted some spare ones to the luggage frame.


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    I didn't think the bolt was long enough, but the nut worked on the threads of the quick release bolt.
    I think the threads were compromised and because this wasn't a mushroom shaped nut, I had to leave the bolt extended.
    I still only used 3/4 of the threads of the nut. I hope this works. Seems solid enough.:uhoh

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    I decided to explore a new-to-me route to head back south.

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    The 462 was scenic, but had more washboards. It was more maintained and not as fun as the ride this morning.

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    I know this is a lot of pics of yellow trees, but I didn't tire of riding through them.

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    I'm almost done with dirt for the day, so I take a break to air up.

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  9. yanfiveten

    yanfiveten world traveller

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    More, more...:clap:lurk
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  10. ct-ktm

    ct-ktm Long timer

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    Great pics like usual, thanks for posting.
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  11. motocopter

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    Over the top with the drone! I had just believed you raised the bar for your ride reports. :D But, then.... Ok, tossing the camera for the perfect shot. Whodathunkit? :lol3 The old tripod extended and hand-held high for the aerial shot. Perfect!

    A little late getting here, but happy to see this report.


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  12. motocopter

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    Happy Veterans Day to ya Dave! Thanks for the prior and current (advrider) service. :lol3



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  13. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I join the other tourists on the highway and head into the park.

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    My first stop is Point Imperial, this highest viewpoint in the park. :hmmmmmHmmmm.... This looks familiar.

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    Point Imperial is only 1.5 miles from where I camped last night.

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    The road out to Cape Royal is one of the best pieces of asphalt in Arizona. Narrow and oh so twisty!

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    I stop at other viewpoints along the way.

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    Almost there.

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    I park in the back corner of the parking lot and take a walk...

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    ...out to Angel's Window...

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    ...and Cape Royal. A photography class has crowded one of the best spots.

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    I hop over the railing and head out to another spot I know to watch the sunset.

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    I made some friends and hung out here watching the light fade. It was nice to have someone to talk to after wandering the desert alone for so many days.

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    I've watched the sunset here several times before and then rode out of the park in the dark to find a place to camp.
    I often planned to get up early enough to get back to the rim for sunrise, but after the white knuckle ride in the dark avoiding deer,
    I've always just slept in. I've been wondering if anyone would mind if I just slept in the parking lot. There always
    seems to be vehicles settling in for the night. I make dinner and then set up my bed next to the bike. I stay up
    late reading and then hike back out to the point to try for a little star photography.

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    It was a nice evening without much wind, so the tent wasn't needed. That's a good thing since a sign at the
    entrance of the parking lot has a triangle with a slash through it. I'm pretty sure that means "No Tents".:lol3
    There were two small RVs also spending the night there, so I wouldn't be the only one in trouble, if caught.

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  14. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Day 4 Stats & Map

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  15. JayElDee

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    continuing to enjoy! You're so right, that road to the north rim is a very fine stretch of road as long as you're not hemmed in by Ma and Pa Kettle in the "Sojourner" or "FineView" RV.
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  16. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Day 5

    I walked back down to the point for sunrise, hoping for a spectacular light show, but it was just okay.


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    It was still awesome to start a morning looking into the abyss.

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    I raced back on Cape Royal RD.

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  17. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    :happayMy luck continues to hold out - Pt Sublime Trail is OPEN!:wings

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    I always forget just how rugged this trail is. Because I've ridden it before, it seems easier...

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    ...but man, there are some real rough and steep spots. :ricky

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    These guys are a long way from their preserve.

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    The two young bison here were trying to catch up to the herd moving to the trees.

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    It was pretty cool to run into a herd of bison out in the forest.

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    The last 6 miles are little less rough.

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  18. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Thanks for joining in, @yanfiveten.

    Thank you @ct-ktm.

    Thanks a lot, @motocopter.
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    Absolutely outstanding!
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