Bay Area to Utah Parks

Discussion in 'Regional Forums' started by fish, Mar 30, 2002.

  1. fish

    fish Banned

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    Experience. It's no fun riding with someone who gets flats, but has no tire kit, rides across the desert without lots of water, or doesn't know his tank range. Know what I mean? Hell, Advrider isn't even one year old yet...
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  2. Tracker

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    NOOB ? who you calling noob? I'll go if you carry a spare tube and change it if I have a flat. Can you carry a extra bottle of water for me on your big GS ? and I'll carry a hose to suck gas out of your tank when I run out !! ohh please fish let me go!

    I call them squids, I can't tell you how many repairs I've made on other people's bikes out of my fanny pack/tool kit, and how many times I've had someone say " why do you carry that fanny pack"? it looks so heavy !!

    Wish I could go with you Fish, I came thru there last september, and all I could think about is how I would love to bring my DR400Z back and explore !!
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    And then there's the several cases of roadrash I stopped to treat because they were wearing jeans. I used up all the fucking sponges in my kit and didn't hardly get a thanks. Wear jeans? Find a different riding buddy.

    Sounds cool, Tracker...next time.
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  4. fish

    fish Banned

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    Hey epilady, I'm planning on leaving Sunday morning and stopping about halfway (I ain't no iron butt), then getting somewhere around St. George/Zion late Monday. Are ya up for it?
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  5. jdiaz

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    Halfway? Your choice is Tonopah (excellent chicken fried steak at the casino) or Rachel (bring your own aluminum foil helmet).

    I can hardly wait to read the trip report following this.

    Jon
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  6. fish

    fish Banned

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    casino? :huh

    no thanks.
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  7. Rad

    Rad Done riding

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    Only stop in Rachel for gas and a photo and get the hell out of there before you end up the alien sequel of Ned Beatty in Deliverance:eek:
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  8. jdiaz

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    Are you kidding? When they see all the lights on Fish's GS, they're going to think HE'S the alien. :rofl

    Jon
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  9. fish

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    Walker Pass...looks something like this...
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  10. Harry Swan

    Harry Swan One more time

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    I want to ride some roads less traveled on my 1150 GS but I, too, am not looking to challenge myself... more like just enjoy. So, I'm going to head out after the 18th of May from LA if you're interested. I have a loosely formed plan to wander to Saint George, pick up 89 and head toward Page, AZ, but actually turn north up Cottonwood Road to Kodachrome Basin and UT 12. Next to Boulder, UT, and pick up the Burr Trail over to Bullfrog if the Four Wheel drive section of it is in as good a condition as someone said. Take the ferry to Halls Crossing and head toward Mexican Hat, 4 corners and Santa Fe before wandering back.

    I've got to do some more research on road conditions, ferry, et al. Anyone want to critique the route for late May? Suggestions?
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  11. Infracaninophile

    Infracaninophile Finding My Way..

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    Harry:

    Make sure to stop in Escalante (on rt 12) and ask where the staircase is. SOOOOOO many folks do that now that it's a National ???? (not a park or monument, but something). The Escalante Staircase is a geologic "area" but tourists always ask the locals where it is.. I bet there's a t-shirt now or sumtin'.

    Tom
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  12. jschnitz

    jschnitz Freeway Adventurer

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    Harry,

    wow, this post was from last year.

    I will be headed that way this coming july. A bit late for the trip you have planned.

    Have a great time!

    jason
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  13. Harry Swan

    Harry Swan One more time

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    Ooops. I just did a search for Utah this morning and didn't pay much attention to the date. Ah well.
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  14. redseca2

    redseca2 Long timer

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    I did the same route myself. I daddled in Yosemite and had lunch (late) in Lee Vining, and spent the first night in Tonopah. The early morning ride the next day on the Extraterrestial Highway was great. Only saw one other vehicle, a K-bike. Lunch in Rachel is mandatory, just pull in next to a saucer. For the second night, I had reservations at the Zion Lodge inside the park. If you have a reservation, you are one of the few vehicles they will allow past the highway turnoff into Zion National Park.

    Here are a couple things to consider:

    120 through Yosemite may not be open until Memorial day this year...I've posted a picture from May 31, 1999, the first day 120 was open that year.

    Buy a National Park Pass, you will easily make back the cost if you enter every park you're thinking of.
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