Southwest by Versys

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  1. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I went back and added some more pics of Zion to post #94.

    Here's some more from HWY 12.

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  2. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am. Supporter

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    Be sure to check out Scenic Dr out of Fruita in Capitol Reef NP, it's a fantastic little off shoot road.

    Going to Goblins?

    Keep it coming klaviator, you're truely in a special place.
  3. WheelsnKeels

    WheelsnKeels Bikes n Boats

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    I have seen lots of shots people have taken at the ho-made pie place, but have yet to see a pic of the actual ho that makes the pies.
    Please provide with next update.


    Loving the pics and report - great job! :)
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    I passed you guys while you where parked at the thunderbird, i was running from that storm warning that you guys didnt get hit by :rofl I should've stopped and said hi :wink:
  5. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    We are now in Blanding after 250+ cooold miles. We managed to dodge the rain again except for a brief few minutes of light rain.


    We did the scenic drive out of Fruita. And yes, Southern Utah is a special place. I can't think of any place with more spectacular scenery.




    Didn't you see the wooden likeness of the Ho that I posed with??
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    Too bad you didn't stop. Did you know it was us at the time?
  6. klaviator

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    The forecast for today called for 60% chance of rain everywhere we were going. It was cold and gloomy in the morning but blue sky was starting to peek through by the time we left.

    Heading east out of Torrey.

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    We soon entered Capital Reek NP

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    At some point we left the park but the scenery didn't stop

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    The landscape kept changing.

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    I rode this route back in 89 but I didn't remember most of this.

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    Everything is just soooo big out here.

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  7. klaviator

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    We took a little detour through natural Bridges Natl Monument. It's a short 8 mile one way loop and very scenic. Here's a few pics. I'll add more later.

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  8. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    At this point we had ridden around 160 miles and not stopped for gas. I didn't realize there was nothing out here for a long ways. I figured i could make it to Mexican Hat so off we went. We rode over 20 miles of straight road at high elevation, cold temperatures and clouds just over our heads. Eventually we approached one of the places I really wanted to ride on this trip.

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  9. notsofasteddie

    notsofasteddie Semi Slow Rider

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    Some of my favorite riding country right there! And the "partly cloudy" skies make for some views. I love the low clouds with glints of sunshine on the red cliffs (even after looking at red cliffs almost every day for over 30 years).

    Looks like the pea gravel on the Moki Dugway, that a guy warned me about last October, is a non-issue now.

    I stopped at Natural Bridges last October for the first time (to take on and get rid of water). I got there too late to do the loop and really spend any time looking. I need to go back there. Not the high traffic of the larger National Parks for sure (at least when I stopped by).

    Keep dodging that rain. You guys are doing great!

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  10. klaviator

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    By the time we finished with the Moki Dugway it was late afternoon and we hadn't eaten lunch yet. We headed for Mexican Hat.

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    We rode through town, crossed the San Jaun River and turned around.

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    We ate at the place just to the left of the bridge.

    It was my first time eating Navaho fry bread. It had chile and lettuce on it. It was pretty bland but I was hungry so I ate it all.

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    Steve also had some kind of fry bread sandwich. His was also mediocre.

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    Then it was more nice scenery on the ride to Blanding.

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  11. klaviator

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    Although not as spectacular s the last few days, it was still another day of scenic overload. We rode from Blanding to Moab with a couple of side trips. We checked into the Motel 6 then rode the La Sal Mountain loop. Another 250+ mile day and a bunch of pics taken.

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    The view off of 191 just North of Blanding:

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    We took a left in Monticello on some road heading west over the mountain.

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    It got real cold going up the mountain. I stopped at a scenic view point and saw this:

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    We picked up 211 towards Canyonlands.

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    As you can see, the scenery sucked:D

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    Then we went north a bit on 191 before our next side trip.

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    Then it was back on 191 towards Moab.

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    We have been by this tourist attraction before but this time we decided to stop, check it out and take a bunch of pics.

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    Some interesting stuff here. I'll add more pics later. For now that Deal's Gap isn't the only place with Dragons:

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    It's later, much later,(7-12-16) and I'm finally getting around to adding more pics:

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    I wonder if this was the inspiration for the tow truck in the movie Cars? Or maybe the other way around?

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    And a few of Steve's pics:

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  12. complexCarlo

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    Good weather in Moab? Hoping it will be nice when I go in 2 weeks.
  13. klaviator

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    After a break at the motel we rode the La Sal Mountain Loop.

    The weather looked threatening.

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    But we pressed on.

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    There were many cattle along the road.

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    Again, it got pretty cold on this ride and I had to put on some layers. There was still snow in the mountains.

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    Like most of Utah, there was no interesting scenery to look at.

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    And the road was boring.

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    Riding along the Colorado River.

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    On a straight and boring road.

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    There was a rainbow to end our ride.

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  14. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    I was cold much of today but normally it's pretty hot here this time of year. Of course, much of the riding we did today was higher elevation than Moab.
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    Later that night, while playing on my phone in Payson, az. Looks like im a day or two behind you. Planning on making moab tomorrow, white rim trail wednesday or thursday. ? I got a supply drop up north, then ill be headed east. Need me a new rear tire :evil
  16. klaviator

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    Today we went to Arches NP and Canyonlands NP.

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    Another yellow Versys!

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    We wanted to go to Delicate Arch but the road was closed due to flooding.

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    Mo Scenery.

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    Leaving Arches.

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    Edit (6-12-16) Adding more pics. They are not in order but all in Arches.

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    I decided to go for a little hike here.

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    When I got back to the parking area we went over to check out this interesting looking rig. A couple of travelers from Europe but I don't remember here. I have seen this bike somewhere on ADV but don't remember where. One of the problems with trying a finish a RR way after the fact is that I forget a lot of stuff.

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    Edit: This guy is ktmtraveler, an inmate here.
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  17. klaviator

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    After a light lunch it was time for one of my favorite parks.

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    Shortly after entering the park we took a left down a road that didn't have much traffic.

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    Maybe the lack of pavement kept most of the tourists and flatlanders away:D

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    They have no idea what they are missing.

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    Some of the pics Steve took

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    Feeling kinda small.

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    Edit, more pics added 7-12-16. Not in order with previous pics but they are all of the Shaffer Switchbacks.

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    These where on the White Rim trail:

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    After the Schaeffer switchbacks we rode on to explore some of the paved roads in Canyonlands Natl Park and check out the great overlooks.

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  18. ReluctantAdv

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    Shafer Canyon Road. A fun one. Not sure a Versys would be the bike I'd take all the way around the White Rim, but it would do fine for Shafter Canyon to Potash and back to Moab. Can't wait for the next installment.
  19. Phipsd

    Phipsd Older but not wiser.

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    Damn you. I had myself convinced I didn't want to do anymore big trips to that part of the country; it was better to work part time and relax. Now I have to go. It will mean more hours and more years, but what a thrilling trip.

    I remember my stop at the Glen Canyon visitor centre. It was 42 deg out. the sign in the Centre forecast 70 to 75 for the day. My whole trip was like that. Everywhere I would go people would say, " yesterday it was 80!!!"
  20. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

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    It looks like a nice day today with a chance of rain the few days after that. I found a cheap room in Ouray,CO so I will head to Ouray via Telluride today. Wednesday I'll do a loop down to Gunnison and back to Ouray. Thursday I'll head to northern NM. Any suggestions for lodging or roads to ride in norhtern NM? I plan on getting into ABQ on Friday afternnon.