Sunday, 7 Dec, a few of us met to go for a little ride. One of the instigators of this ride was Bert. Bert is probably most famous for the GNATSASS ride that he puts on each year. A search can be done on this forum to find out the meaning of GNATSASS, but it is a simple acronym standing for Greater Nevada Touring Society Around Silver State (Nevada is known as the Silver State). For lack of a better name, and since Bert was mixed up on this adventure ride, we will refer to the ride as GUTSABS. Greater Utah Touring Society Around Beehive State. 3 of the participants of the inaguaral GUTSABS came all the way from Nevada to join in. Bert and Casey were both riding BMW 650 XChallenge bikes, while Jesse was on a Suzuki DRZ400E. Bert, Casey, and Jesse were all staying in Ogden, Utah to have an early Christmas dinner with their daughter/sister Anneke. Bruce was riding a Suzuki DR650, Ryan was on a Kawasaki Super Sherpa, Carpenter Mike was riding an Aprilia Capo Nord, and I was on a Guzzi Quota. We were meeting in Mountain Green, UT. The others were staying nearby, while Mike and I had a cold early morning ride form about an hour a way. We were on bigger bikes so that the increased wind protection would make the hour ride a little more bearable at highway speeds and freezing temperatures. After a little visiting and hot beverages, we rode over the Trapper's Loop road and up to Causey Reservoir. Usuall on this weekend there would be snow everywhere and we wouldn't be out on motorcycles, but the weather has been warm and dry. Temps were forecast to be about 50*F and the sky was sunny. Conditions couldn't have been much better for a December ride. After visiting Causey Res. we rode up Monte Cristo. Monte Cristo is a popular motorbiking road in the summer and well known for snowmobiling in the winter. Even though the weather was nice and dry, there has still been some snow in the area this fall. Since there had been snow and we were at higher elevations, I had been guessing that this would just be a road ride because of possible snow and mud if we ventured off tarmac. There are not any paved roads in this area that are new to me, so I didn't bother with bringing the GPS and maps of the area. However, I did bring along my new SPOT satellite messenger just so my wife could go online and see where I was. I had my cell phone, but sometimes I don't like to stop to let her know when I'll be home for dinner. It is just easier for her to go online and see where I am and that I'm getting closer to home. Part way up Monte Cristo was the dirt road that heads to Hardware Ranch. Hardware is run by the state of Utah as a wildlife management area. Each winter about 500-600 elk hang out here and get fed hay each day. The dirt was dry, so we started for Hardware Ranch. Frequently we would hit a spot on the road where a skiff of snow was covering the dirt. Slowing down you could make it through with no problems. Usually there was a track where a truck tire had gone through the snow. Traction was not a problem at all and we made it the roughly 20 miles to Hardware Ranch. There is a nice loop that we were thinking of taking from here. Curtis Loop I think it may have been called. Conditions started to get a little sketchy. Casey ran up a road a little to see if things got any better While Bruce "adjusted" his rear brake pedal after it contacted the snow. It was decided that this might be a good time to turn around.