Southwest Big Loop in May

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  1. Val_on_the_Edge

    Val_on_the_Edge Adventurer

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    Anyone interested in meeting up to ride? We are planning to ship our bikes from Montreal to Las Vegas in mid-May.

    Here is the crude itinerary:
    Vegas-Zion-Boulder
    Burr Trail to Mexican Hat
    Mexican Hat to Moab
    White Rim Trail
    Moab to St George
    St George to Yosemite
    Yosemite to San Francisco
    The big Sur
    Death Valley
    Then head back to Vegas to ship back the bike

    Any recommendation, must see or trail suggestions would be appreciated. We ride 2up on a Suzuki DL1000

    Cheers!
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  2. neoday2

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    Interested in seeing what others say.

    I would recommend the Butler maps as a starting point.
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  3. Val_on_the_Edge

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    Will have a look. We already have Utah pretty much figured out but I am always looking for new and maybe less popular spots
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  4. BUZZARD II

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    Going from St. George to Yosemite would seem to indicate Tioga Pass. I've been over that in early June when it was just plowed. Snow 15 feet on the side of the road and the parking lots filled, with snow.

    BTW that means the valley is soaked and a fly hatch.


    Check with a local around Memorial Day. Have heated grips and vests.
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  5. eakins

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    If open ride over Sonora Pass 108 west to east!!!
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  7. Val_on_the_Edge

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    Yeah we have our fingers crossed that the pass will be open. Otherwise a few tweaks on the route will be in order. We are from Quebec, Canada cold and flies are everyday routine for us . Thanks for the heads up!
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  8. Val_on_the_Edge

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    Of course we are doing UT12 again!! I don’t think I could become bored of it. Moki also. I wasn’t very specific on my itinerary since we only started planning this a couple days ago. We were in Utah last year and really wanted to go back again this year. The loop out west to the coast is to mix things up a bit. And since we chose to have the bike shipped this year, it means more time to explore instead of 10 days of (very) boring interstates like we did last year. The butler’s map are on my purshase list
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    Camping, motels or combo? How many bikes & what bikes? How long are you going to take to do the entire trip? Any dirt roads?
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  10. Val_on_the_Edge

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    Hotels, one bike Suzuki DL1000 and we ride 2up (I am the pillion/planner/researcher) as much offroad as we can in 14 days. We plan on flying to Las Vegas may 18th, we can only pick up the bike on the 19th and we have to ship it back on june first. We may stay a couple days more and rent a camper or jeep from june 1st to the 6th and then fly back home.
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  11. BUZZARD II

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    Check your Utah map. About 25 miles north of Hanksville, off of 24 is Goblin Valley State Park.

    Unique smaller rock formations, many mushroom like. In this park you can walk all around and among the Goblins. Much lower key than the National Parks and weird in a good way.
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  12. Val_on_the_Edge

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    Thanks for reminding me of this!
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  13. holckster

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    Valley of the Gods hard packed dirt road loop between the Moki and Mexican Hat.
    Gooseneck NP near Mexican Hat.
    Bodie Ghost Town off hwy 395 near Mono Lake/Tioga Pass.

    Have you seen the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon?
    Check out the El Tovar Hotel at the GC (beautiful old log hotel right on the rim with good parking for canyon viewing).
    You could head there 1st from Vegas then north thru Page and Kanab looping over to Boulder and Burr Trail.
    Then after Moab (White Rim best ridden clockwise IMO) loop over to hwy 24 to 62 to 89 to Panguitch.
    Take hwy 143 around Panguitch Lake thru Cedar Breaks Nat Monument.
    Go east on 14 to 89 to 9 thru Zion and then head west.

    If Tioga closed go north to first open pass and head for my place near Lodi, Ca for some wine tasting.
    www.visitlodi.com
    I'm on the Tent Space List.
    Yosemite is 3 hours away out my front door.
    Makes a good day trip by car (driver provided) so you can see the sights.

    Safe Travels
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  14. Val_on_the_Edge

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    Thanks a lot for all these suggestions. Will definitely keep your place in mind ;)

    We did visit the Grand Canyon last year and we were thinking that this time we may visit the Hualapai reserve part.

    I will take a closer look at Panguitch Lake.

    I am definitively crossing my fingers that the Californian passes will be open, we found a really good price to ship the bike to Las Vegas but the dates are not flexible unfortunately.

    Although I heard about Tent Space, I never used it before but I will surely have a look in the upcoming weeks and try and see if we can cut down our costs a little bit. Hotel prices are steep in some regions (I am looking at you Moab!! ) And since we don’t have space for camping gear being two on the bike we don’t have many options.

    Thanks again for all the suggestions

    Cheers!
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    Tent Space List.
    https://advrider.com/f/threads/tent-space-map-v2.1215147/

    Great way to get local knowledge but does require some pre-planning to allow for confirmation replies.
    I like 2-3 days notice but have had visitors sipping wine 3 hours after contact.
    No tent required here, spare room.

    The Hualapai Reservation includes Peach Springs and Route 66.
    You can ride all the way to the Colorado River from Peach Springs on Bia6.

    Another weird place to visit is Oatman.
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  16. Val_on_the_Edge

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    That’s great! We will get back to you as soon as we have a clearer idea of the dates!
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    I am hoping to ride the Utah BDR in mid May. I live in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and could meet you in Mexican Hat. Ride up to Moab with you and perhaps around the White Rim Trial. Then continue on for the northern part of Utah BDR. When do you think you will be in Mexican Hat?
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    It will be hot, plan for that. Expect 3 liters of water per day not including cooking. A cooling towel for your neck keeps you cool and away from the sun. Sunscreen your face even with a full shield, your nose will pay the price. High content zone oxide broad spectrum sunscreen. Stop in shade, don't lollygag in the sun. Light colored riding gear, no black. Monitor your piss color, hydrate as needed. Start early to make time, heat will slow you down.
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