Re-riding a Dream - Grand Canyon Backcountry

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  1. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Jumpup trail is 8 miles of fun.

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    The view is incredible.

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    We had visitors out at Jumpup Point. Don and Nancy were super-cool and we chatted awhile.
    Don and I shared petroglyph info and he is currently now out hunting the Thunderbirds I visited in Saline Valley.

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    It's much warmer here, so we both decide to cowboy camp - with no tent.

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    I prepare a culinary delight as Paul scoffs at the idea.:spam

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    But when the SPAM started to sizzle, Paul admitted it did smell good.

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    I made these until I ran out of SPAM...
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    ...and someone began screaming.

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  2. thegraydog

    thegraydog 2 wheels X 6 ways

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  3. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I was enjoying my Spam:spam when Paul yells for me to run over with a camera.

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    He's got a tarantula trying to crawl into bed with him. When we finally get the thing to go away, it climbs into the tree.
    I laughed at Paul :jackfor declaring he was sleeping in a tent tonight. However, I then found a tarantula in my bed!:eekers
    The big spider tried to escape by crawling up the sleeve of my jacket that was lying on the ground!:yikes
    I must confess I thought of that each time I put my arm through the sleeve the rest of the trip.
    I then found a 2nd large spider in my stuff. I guess I'm sleeping in a tent too!:lol3

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    We watched the changing light move across the fantasy land of rocks below us.
    I wonder how many spiders are running around down there?

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    Spider-proofing completed. Notice the fires!

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    8 minute exposure of the forest fires

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    Day 5: 151 Miles
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  4. motocopter

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    Tarantulas are fun to photograph. They always seems to be looking at the camera! :lol3

    20 years ago TDY in El Sal, one got up inside a skeeter net. Woke up one of the guys when it crawled across his arm. Helped him in the middle of the night locate what "crawled on my arm." It was a full-grown, adult Tarantula. :lol2
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  5. advrockrider

    advrockrider Been here awhile

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    You guys and your awesome pictures!!!!! Dave, are you using just your phone for nav? What app?
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  6. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Using an old phone with Locus Maps Pro and with the same app/tracks loaded onto my current phone as backup. Works great for me.
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    Amazing camera work.. I'm in :)
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  8. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    Day 6: October 5th, 2019

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    We wake up at Jumpup.

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    Shake out the spiders!

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    I ended up with a flat front tire shortly after starting out this morning. It was probably a slow leak, but we replaced the tube anyway.

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    We raced through the wonderful scenery...

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    ...all the way to town. In Kanab, Utah we ate lunch, took showers, and re-supplied groceries.
    I sent a box of dirty laundry, winter gloves, and thermals home to make room for groceries.

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    Then it was back on the trails...

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    ...and back into the park.

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    Kanab Point!

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  9. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    The view at Kanab Point is huge and spectacular.

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    Only a few miles away is Jumpup Point, but 120 miles by road.

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    Next up was the fun ride out to SB Point.

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    We were surprised to find three 4x4 rigs down at Son-of-a-bitch Point. We beat them to the end of the road and the best campsites, but these guys complained and were being dicks. We had missed sunset already.

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    We grabbed our cameras and ran out to get a view. We never walked out to the actual point and wide-angle view. In the end, we decided the camping area was just too small to share with dickheads, so we rode back about .5 miles to find another place to sleep.

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    Day 6: 168 miles
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  11. dave6253

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    Day 7: October 6th, 2019


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    We snapped a few pics, broke camp, and hit the trails.

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    Lots of riding to get done today.

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    I told Paul I had never passed this grader without snapping a photo. I'm not sure why, but now feel like it would be bad luck to do so. He dug out his camera and also snapped a pic to keep from jinxing us. :D

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    Toroweap!

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    This is my favorite viewpoint of the Grand Canyon, but we are here at mid-day.

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    See Lava Falls in the distance?

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    Lava Falls is the biggest drop on the river.

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    10 of the World’s Most Notorious Whitewater Rapids
    4) LAVA FALLS – COLORADO RIVER THROUGH THE GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA
    Speaking of Grand Canyon, no “best whitewater rapids” list would be complete without mentioning Lava Falls, the biggest rapid in the canyon and definitely the most fabled. Navigating through a maelstrom of whitewater as the river falls 37 feet over the span of several hundred yards, paddlers pretend they’re in control as they try to avoid Big Black Rock and boat-flipping Ledge Hole for any hope of making it to Tequila Beach for post-Lava celebrations. Rated Class 10 (the highest degree of difficulty in the Grand Canyon), Lava can be twenty of the scariest (and best) seconds of an entire Grand Canyon rafting trip for guides and passengers alike.

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  12. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    We cooked our lunch at Toroweap and left the crowded point. It's the weekend, and Toroweap is popular.

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    We race over Mt Trumbull and get a view of the schoolhouse below.

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    I wanted to skip Bar 10, but...

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    ...my riding partner doesn't have the range to finish the route without fuel. I planned to skip the ride down to the Whitmore Canyon Overlook. The rocks on that trail are no fun, and I've been there twice before. We got to Bar 10 as 25 riders from San Diego were getting booked in. Bar 10 charged us $10 per gallon of fuel and said it would only be $6 if we were paying for lodging. They charged other riders only $8 a couple weeks earlier, so they are terribly inconsistent and therefore inhospitable IMO. Paul's been all over the World and I doubt he's ever paid so much for a tank of fuel.

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    cactus_reese Been here awhile

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    We went through right after the bombing of the oilfields in Saudi Arabia and gas had just surged in price so I was not really surprised to pay $8 but I think prices have dropped since then. I asked about the price to stay there. They said it was $102 per person and you get dinner and breakfast with that. My tent and freeze-dried food was probably not as nice as their covered wagon and banquet hall, but it wasn't that much worse. They only had 2 guests staying there that night.
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  14. Ladybug

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    Finding one of your reports to read is always like Christmas morning. And now to make it more fun you add RTWPaul.

    Now I want to be at the N. Rim. I have been wanting to go for a while now and I better get with it before more is closed off.

    Keep the good stuff coming. :deal

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  15. Pete Pilot

    Pete Pilot Been here awhile

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    Another great RR. Beautiful photos of huge open spaces. Curious how you both compare Grand Canyon area to Copper Canyon? I like many here have a great appreciation for SILENCE!! Take care, from my corner.
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  16. BillUA

    BillUA Las Vegas, NV

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    Just damn! I can't believe that I missed the start of another excellent DAVE6253 report!

    Awesome as usual Dave! Thanks for taking us along again.
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    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    Incredible. My bud and I were at Kaibab last May. Intended to ride some of your routes, Pt. sublime. Unfortunately, the night we pulled in it snowed 8 inches. Next time later in the year.

    I’ll be back.


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    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I can't compare the 2, as I haven't visited Copper canyon, yet.
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  19. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    After leaving the schoolhouse, we had some long, boring, graded roads until we neared Twin Point.

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    I'm loving this machine!

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    Paul seems to be getting along with his bike as well. Both are running great.

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    We reached Twin Point and set up camp.

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    Do you like this campsite? It's free! No permit is required. You just have to ride there.

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    We hadn't seen another person in many miles.

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    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    We had a nice campfire tonight...

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    We stayed up later enjoying the fire and making our dinner. We swapped stories and I picked Paul's brain for future riding plans.
    I had to squish a big hairy spider that ran from the fire pit directly towards me. :eekers

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    Day 7: Son-of-a-bitch Point to Twin Point, 178 Miles