Me & Mrs Trip we got a thing going on

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Rhode trip, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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  2. Rhode trip

    Rhode trip guided by voices Supporter

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    Thanks, DC! We'll be riding again on Friday!

    :lol3 We think of it as a "blistering" 27 MPH :ricky

    Thank you, sir! :thumb
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  3. Rhode trip

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    So....
    Aside from all that unfortunate 'bike getting wrecked' nonsense, we had a pretty good trip to Salt Lake City. We got in on the afternoon of October 28th. We're too cheap to pay for a taxi... and it wasn't far to the CubeSmart where our bikes were stored. Took the train, and then we walked:
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    only a couple of miles. Our bikes were waiting for us...
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    One of the good things about the CubeSmart is there's an on site manager, and he received those cartons and put them in our storage unit for us.
    That makes it easy to ship our gear and not have to carry it on the plane.
    We got our gear on and loaded up the bikes. I didn't have any trouble at all getting them started...I was concerned since they had been stored since August.
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    And then we rode over to the Motel where I'd made a reservation.

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    The next morning we headed off to meet the guys at Motostation. I'd called them a few weeks before to make an appointment and so they could order a couple of TW200 rear tires. You don't find those on the shelf very often.

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    They were real friendly and did a great job... not just a simple tire install...they checked and adjusted a long list of items...no charge! They were the ones who pointed out that Lynns chain was seized up in a few of the links. They adjusted it as best they could. From there, we rode south through some of the Salt Lake City sprawl, down to Draper,
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    Up and over Traverse Mountain, on an overcast and drizzly afternoon,
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    ...and down into Lehi, where we spent the night. Plenty of time to organize our stuff and get ready to ride in the morning.

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  4. Rhode trip

    Rhode trip guided by voices Supporter

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    Whoa! The next morning, the 30th, the weather had changed. It was clear now, but cold! The hills had frosted overnight.
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    The temperature was in the upper 30's as we loaded the bikes and started off.
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    We're riding due west, along the route of the Pony Express. Its starts off a city street...
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    but pretty soon...its gravel:
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    The first section doesn't see that much use, but after a ways it open up and is graded for running big trucks...
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    Past an historic marker for the route...the site of an old station for the Pony Express...
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    I'm debating with myself this whole way riding. My plans were to follow the Pony Express route across a deserted corner of Utah, and end the day at Bonneville Salt Flats. Then a few days across northern Nevada before swinging south. There is not a lot of routing options out there, so it would be an all in or all out situation. And the latest weather forecast says 2, maybe 3 good days, and then snow. And todays frigid ride was refreshing my memory of winter.

    We hit Route 36 and headed south for Vernon. Its the only gas for a long, long ways...so prudence says top off.
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    The Silver Sage has a good reputation for the food, but we only had coffee as we sat at the counter and warmed up. The folks in there were asking where we were from, and where we're headed...I told them my dilemma... and all agreed... the're a storm heading our way...

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    You can't miss the Silver Sage... they've got their truck out front...

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    So that decided it...south it is! We rode down highway 36...from the Rush valley through some low hills and into the TinTic valley.

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    Stopped to check out a grain elevator along the railroad tracks...

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    Onto route 6, still heading south.

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    Nice scenery, still cool and crisp, though the sun was strong...

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    Got as far as Delta, where we stopped for some lunch and a quick warm-up...then west on 50.

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    That's the loneliest road in America, but we turned off onto 257 south. Took us right by Fort Deseret:

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    Its amazing how much of the fort is still there...it was built in 1866 to protect the settlers during the Black Hawk Indian War.

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    Then back on the bikes, and back on the road...

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    Highway, blah, blah, blistering 27mph, more highway...you know the rest...

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    Over the shoulder action shot...

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    Rode south down as far as Minersville, and then east to Beaver where we spent the night.
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  5. Rhode trip

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    Foolish me...I neglected to get a photo of the always popular "Beaver Liqueurs" sign. But we left the town behind and retraced our steps to Minersville.

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    There's not a lot of town there, but we turned and headed off southwest.

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    Turned into gravel soon and the fields faded out to scrub...

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    There's hot springs out here, and a series of small geothermal power plants.

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    But what caught my eye when my finger fell on the map the night before, was the 'casting of lots' site. What could that mean?

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    I have to admit, we didn't go the 7.6 miles off into the desert to find out. But it seems that back in 1776, after Dominguez and Escalante had spent the Summer and Fall wandering the Southwest, a dispute arose. Some wanted to turn back...some wanted to keep on, to their destination of San Francisco, where they would find adulation and reward. So they cast lots...and the turn back faction won... which was good luck, as they were much farther from San Francisco than they imagined... and they never would have made it through the winter storms.

    We kept riding southwest, along the interestingly named 'Nada Rd"

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    Parallel to the power lines and the railroad tracks.

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    Lund was pretty much a ghost town... but it looks like the railroad stores a lot of old rolling stock out past the town...engines and cars all lined up...

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    Intersects the Lund Highway there...

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    The road deteriorated after the town of Lund.

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    We had to cut around some sections that were torn up.

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    Still heading southwest...

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    It was sandy, it was rutted... it got confusing and we had to double back at one point... and follow a path through a fence to get back on track.

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    But finally we wandered into the small town of Modena...just a couple of miles from the Nevada state line.

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    ...never been to Nevada before....
    We rode on a twisty route 319 through the mountains...

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    and then south to the town of Caliente, with its famous train station.

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    its a pretty quiet place, but as the sun went down, the kids came out for Halloween...

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    We stayed in the motel on the left, quiet except for the trains.....
  6. Rhode trip

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    We left Caliente and crossed over the railroad tracks...

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    Two days later, they had snow. We headed into Rainbow Canyon, due south...

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    Not far, and Lynn's bike threw its chain. I had to refit it and lengthen the adjusters. Obviously, it needs replacing....

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    but for now, its running OK. Its a real nice ride through there, between the canyon walls. We passed a sign, 'Road Closed Ahead' but we kept on going.

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    There's been flooding here not too long before...

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    The water was still high...

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    a couple of spots had minor washouts, but it was mostly clear sailing...

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    Its paved all the way to the old settlement of Elgin...

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    Where they've restored and maintain the old schoolhouse...

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    Across the tracks there...

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    and we turned onto Kane Springs Road, as it climbed fairly steeply up to Carp Pass...

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    There was a good bit of water damage as we rode towards the top, and we needed to cut back and forth to avoid the washouts...

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    as usual, its steeper and rougher than it looks...

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    but once we reached the top, it leveled out and then descended more gradually, down through Kane Springs Valley.

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    In fact, the road was quite good...

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    ...and if you weren't paying attention, it would be easy to build up some speed.... say 28.5 mph :lol3....and then, just when you'd gotten complacent...
    it would surprise you with a washout....

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    ...then back to smooth groomed gravel...

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    and just when you'd gotten into the groove again...

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    Meanwhile, Mrs Trip is cool as a cucumber...

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    its a wide, open valley...gently descending to the west...

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    Sand like Talc...

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    Came across some spots where there had been serious flooding across the road...

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    A last look back across the Delmar Mountains Wilderness...

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    ...and through the cones marking off the end of Kane Springs Road...

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    Then down paved highway 93.

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    to where it meets Interstate 15, then along the frontage road...

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    Past the racetrack....

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    ...and there we were. Vegas, baby! Just like I pictured it....
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  7. bluestar

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    HOTPASS F*ck cancer.

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    This is one of my favorite reports from recent memory! Thanks for the updates! Love T-Dubb trips
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    Welcome to Las Vegas, great to see you back on the trail.

    I PM'd you my number if you need anything while you're in town don't hesitate to call.

    best local shop in my opinion would be Motorcycle Tire Center Las Vegas more than just tires http://www.mtclv.com/ 702-382-8824 ask for Melvin or Ken they'll treat you right.
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    radmeister Been here awhile Supporter

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    glad to see that you two are back on your bikes. keep it coming!
  11. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Where ever I go, there I am!

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    WooHoo, back at it! Is the spot tracker activated?
  12. Rhode trip

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    Thanks, Bluestar!
    Glad you're enjoying it!
    Thanks, Team Vegas...that's a generous offer!

    Thanks, Radmeister! I'll try to keep it a little more up to date!
    Back at it, indeed. Here's a link to our tracker... we'll be underway on Friday.
    https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=fe2856ce15067158e
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  13. jb882

    jb882 13HP of fury.

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    Glad you got the bike back up and running. Have fun in Moab!!!
  14. Rhode trip

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    Downtime in Denver...
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    Thanks!... and thanks again for the parts!
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    So you had a trip without anything breaking... what fun is that !
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    Ha, ha. We're just getting started on the latest ride...plenty of time to break stuff yet!
  17. Rhode trip

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    Picked up the bikes today at ZMW Adventures in Tucson. Sorted through the gear we had left behind, and the 2 cartons we shipped there last week.

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    Then we went out for a shakedown cruise to check out the repairs and improvements. Took the road up to Redington Pass.

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    High 80's today in Tucson. We rode up to the top of the pass, and then back to town. We'll be heading out the same way tomorrow.

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    It was a good test of the new suspension. Redington road was rougher than the last time we rode it. Here's Lynn giving it a test through some good sized ruts

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    She gives the new suspension mods two thumbs up! Had a really good lunch at Saguaro Corners Restaurant and then took a ride through Saguaro National Park East.

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    Which was an interesting 8 mile loop through the park. I bought an Annual Pass at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence last weekend...80 bucks... so I'm determined to get my money's worth out of it. Saved the $20 it would have cost us to enter the park!

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    All totaled, we rode about 50 miles today. Both bikes are running great. We went back to ZMW Adventures after our ride to re-glue a grip on each bike, and then just hung out with Frank and one of his customers, Dave, for a while. Good time. Finishing sorting our gear and packing the bags tonight...tomorrow, we're off!
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  18. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    It was a glorious day in the Sonora Desert today no matter which side of the border. Glad the bikes are working well
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  19. SOLOKLR

    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    Love your rides, i can't tell you how jealous i am.
    I just put the same rack on my son's klr 250. How are they holding up? Anything I should keep an eye out for?
    Enjoy the new trip!
  20. TheAdmiral

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    Your adventure's have officially replaced "The Mobius Trip" adventure couple I use to enjoy. They haven't either ridden or quite posting their trip's. To get my "couples adventure fix", I now eagerly await yours. And adventure's they are.

    Can't wait to meet you two in Moab!

    Be safe!
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