GIANT LOOP OF EASTERN UTAH THROUGH MONUMENTS Some post trip pics, notable places, Butler discrepancies, alternative route recommendations, pucker up moments, and good eats along my 1,600 mile giant loop of Utah from Evanston, WY to Mexican Hat, UT. Via Wasatch Cache / Ashely National Forest. About 12 days of riding and credit card camping. The route tries to hit as many of the monuments along way. Trip dates May 18-30. Just missed Tewster along way. Unlike my past BDR or CDR trips, my wingman used Butler Utah G1 map to come up with a loop that kept us on Bulter " Recommended Dirt Roads" ; dashed red routes. We tried to avoid higher passes and elevations on dirt roads. Fortunately the snowpack this year ( winter of 2017 ) was way below average. Our big concern was navigating the 90 or so mile stretch of road between Dutch John, UT and up to Evanston. Some overlapping UTBDR sections. Direction of travel from north to south in counterclockwise direction. For the most part the weather gods cooperated. On warmer side. Especially in southern part of state. Cool temps at 8,000 and up elevation. A few rain showers on first day. Otherwise bone dry. Screen Shot 2018-06-13 at 11.46.23 AM by Kam A, on Flickr As a first timer riding across Utah, I learned getting in and out of Salt Lake City means a lot of slabbing due to terrain. Primarily due to the mountain range to the east. If any of you have insights or preferred secondary roads, please post details along the post. While I normally ride a F800GS back in Mid-Atlantic, my preferred mode of transport out west is a 2010 Yamaha WR250R. Two simple advantages: longer range and half the weight of big bike. Down side is top speed tops out at around 65 MPH. DSCN1662 by Kam A, on Flickr My WR250R never lets me down. I did have to get my blown rear shock rebuilt after my 2017 IDBDR trip. So, first order of business was to pop the shock in on the road. The biggest challenge reinstalling the rear shock back in was working with the bike propped up on a plastic bucket. A bike stand would have been handy. At the end of the trip, I also changed out my failing low bean HID bulb for a Cyclopse LED. DSCN1661 by Kam A, on Flickr I am trying real hard to take my one selfie a year ( kam ). Painful. Like pulling a cracked tooth without any sedation. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3d31 by Kam A, on Flickr My wingman, Jon, is stoked to get on the road and head out. You may recognize him from past trip reports. DSCN1454 by Kam A, on Flickr Oh, if you come through South Ogden and looking for great Vietnamese restaurant, check out Marigold by the Walmart. Off US-89 and Skyline Drive. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Marigoldfirstname.lastname@example.org,-111.9383823,3a,106y/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1sAF1QipPFqVnOXjQ_7GD-hR7tKUgHXpYWInAlvXYCs3xw!2e10!3e12!6shttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/p/AF1QipPFqVnOXjQ_7GD-hR7tKUgHXpYWInAlvXYCs3xw=w203-h126-k-no!7i800!8i500!4m10!1m2!2m1!1sBest+Western,+Odgen,+UT!3m6!1s0x87530663139e2e7f:0x851dcccc97998f5e!5m1!1s2018-06-17!8m2!3d41.1506872!4d-111.9371391 Day 1: Ogden to Fairview " Never pass up an opportunity to gas up ". " Irrespective of your gas tank size and range....gas up at least every 100 miles . " My 190 mile planned day turns out to be a long 300 mile long day. A LONG DAY. Normally I travel with at least two large 33 oz. MSR bottles in my Mosko luggage. Normally full. This time I made a mistake and didn't fill them up. I also gas up every 100 miles or thereabouts. My 3.1 gallon IMS tank gives me 200 mile range. I routinely average 70 miles to a gallon. However, I didn't anticipate having to reroute 170 miles in the middle of Unita National Forest just south of Strawberry Reservoir on way to Fairview. Although Bulter Map shows some brown ( improved ) roads around Strawberry Reservoir ( NF-131 ), they don't go through all the way to US-6. Unless you're single tracking on naked dirt bike. Fortunately, managed to limp bikes back to Strawberry Reservoir where they had gas at the marina. At least one LOW red fuel light. Picked up another extra 150 miles rerouting through Duchesne on US-40 ( avoid with small bike ), south on US-191 ( nice road ) to Helper, north of US-6, Rt. 96 , Rt. 264, and Rt. 31 into Fairview. Nice riding between Scofield and Fairview. Up and down a few passes. Box 16 on Butler map is worth riding. Indian Creek rd. 2018-06-13 at 5.59.45 PM by Kam A, on Flickr Riding through Ogden, I followed secondary roads running parallel to I-84 E. towards Kamas. Some very nice reservoirs and campground along way. East Canyon State Park stop. Everything looks clean and pristine compared to campgrounds back east. DSCN1447 by Kam A, on Flickr DSCN1448 by Kam A, on Flickr DSCN1452 by Kam A, on Flickr Somewhere north of Peoa. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3d34 by Kam A, on Flickr UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3d38 by Kam A, on Flickr New West Country Store in Kamas. Summit Inn Pizza across street gets two thumbs up for original gourmet pizzas. Apparently award winning. https://summitinnpizza.com UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3d3b by Kam A, on Flickr 300 miles later, finally roll into Fairview. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3d44 by Kam A, on Flickr Find a place to eat at the Home Plate Cafe and crash at Skyline Motel. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3d45 by Kam A, on Flickr UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3d49 by Kam A, on Flickr UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3d46 by Kam A, on Flickr I think my entire dinner cost only $8. Two thumbs up for home cooking. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_3d47 by Kam A, on Flickr ..Zzzzz Some footage of my helmet cam. The northern part of state was nice and green this time ( May 19) of year.