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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MotoPet, Jan 15, 2019.
Keep on following,
I did the UTBDR as well.
For those of us from the east Moab is like going to a different part of the world. Your RR makes me want to go back on my KTM 250 and not the KLR though.
Yesterday I saw the entry point to the Poison Spider Trail. First thing after an easy start in the morning is to go to the tourist information to find out about this trail.
They said that it is a fairly long but not too difficult. Quote: A standard Jeep can do it. Hmm if a standard Jeep can do it I should be able as well.
I also asked for the hike to the Corona Arch which had been recommended to me before. With the information and some leaflets in hand I had off to the trail head for the Corona Arch.
From the parking lot the hiking trail crosses the railway and goes up to the plateau. From there it is an easy hike.
The trail follows the valley and at this point is a metal safety rope leading around the corner. Not really needed here.
than a short leader for getting easy up this rock.
From there the trail runs more or less on the same level to the Arch.
It is a fairly large Arch. At the tourist information they told the story that some years ago there has a pilot flying his small plane through.
Nice to see this without the masses of tourists like in the Arches NP. (This is not in the park)
Heading back to the parking lot.
Now I wanted to do the Poison Spider trail.
It begins rough but manageable but very quickly it becomes much more difficult.
At the 'Waterfall Obstacle' I have to admit that it is not worth to risk the bike. There are very high steps which are definitely not passable by a factory Jeep. There is a permanent hookup for the winch. Sorry no pics.
Anyway, I turn around and head back to town to sort a few equipment issues and relax for the rest o the day. It is already very warm and feel not too bad to have kind of a rest day.
When I was in Moab last time I did the section out of town to Green River. This part was sandy and not appealing at all, so I skip it this time.
Unlike this was the section through Black Dragon Canyon very nice and I'm dong it again. Same as last time, no problem.
I'm in., Like your FJ ..
As I'm using GPS Kevins and Sams route I see that Sams old route is passing by 'The Sinkhole'.
Disappointing and not even worth to take a picture. Very small.
Anyway now I have to male the decision to go the Old route via Nevada or turning North on the New Route which runs through Idaho.
Nevada it is.
The Old route runs on the Eagle Canyon Road which offers a rough terrain but beautiful views. This is the section where you ride below the Interstate Bridges.
I do not understand why Sam has taken this out of his TAT route.
Super! I like it!
Where the trail leaves the canyon I check the tire pressure as it seems to be low. The terrain was very rocky so I was not surprised that I a had to fill it up.
Than going up to the Hwy.
Where the tire went fully flat.
After fixing the tire I continue.
Because most of Sams old route runs along the interstate 70 I go this time with GPS Kevins route.
After refueling in the small town of Emery the road leads into a valley which looks like a dead end, but on the end it climbs up to a plateau where it is running or a long time.
On this high elevation it is still possible to go higher. The trail varies a lot in condition.
And there are really nice views.
The land is used for grazing. I see many new and old caravans and Cowboys on horses or motorbikes.
There are also some small water crossings and nice little valleys like this one.
A view miles before Richfield was a forest fire not too long ago.
It is the first time I see something like this that close and it is interesting how the transition from burned to nothing happens.
Down there is the destination for today. Richfield
I find a KOA and the people are very kind.
It was a long day and the last stretch was a bit boring although all nice landscape. I could have shorten it by using the Hwy for the last bit, but I want to do the TAT is much as possible. No excuses!.
The day is concluded with a steak and a few drinks after laundry is done.
Great RR. Looking forward to NV.
It's going to be a long, remote day. I'm looking forward to it.
The backcountry of Richfield seems to be ATV land. The roads are covered with rough gravel.
Ans soon the TAT leads into a section where the track is getting smaller and runs through bushland.
But not for long and it becomes open land just past Kanosh where I refueled the bike and checked tire pressure.
Kanosh was a very small town and I feel immediately remote.
In the distance is the Sevier Lake.
Or more what is left of it..... nothing!
I'm starting to pay attention how far I have been riding since I have seen a car, building or any other signs of civilization. There are some small buildings next to the lake but nobody around.
After the short side trip to the lake the road looks the same as before. You see the bright Rock in the distance?
That's how it is looking when you close. The TAT runs just next to it.
From here it is not far to the Nevada State Line.
I want to refuel in Baker, but about a mile before I reach the gas station I have again a flat at the front.
Not a big deal and even it is hot it works quit well.
Later at the gas station, which is a non-occupied one, the LCD screen is not working correctly. Hmm, I need fuel, lets see if it takes my CC.
I can't see if it is accepting it, but as the pump starts working I think it is ok. Or maybe not. The pump is running very slow, but I get fuel and that's what matters. Although I do not know how much I'm going to be charged as the volume numbers never went to zero and is sitting at a ridiculous number which I could never fit in my tank.
After refueling I'm ready for a soft drink and find that at the next grocery store. There, I ask if they would know whom to contact for the issue with the pump. No, don't know.
Having my drink outside while chatting to another biker who wants to stay in the Great Basin NP. There is no waste bin, so I walk back into the store and ask for it. Now it is getting funny.
They have spoken to the fuel station owner and he will come later today to see what the problem is and I can wait for him. So when will he come? No idea was the answer.
My willingness to wait is close to zero as before they didn't want to help (in fact said the do not know anything and than it turns out that they know the owner) and now I shall wait for an unknown timespan. No thanks I'm off.
The TAT runs to the south and then along the bottom of the Great Basin NP to the west.
Farm roads, not too often used. And after maybe half an hour I have another flat on the front.
Hmm not too good. I have a spare tube and but it in while I repair the other one.
The area is not really farmland anymore. The trail is disappearing and at one stage I'm just following the arrow on my GPS. There are tire marks between the trees but I'm getting worried if I'm still on the right path.
Definitely not needed anymore. ;-)
Its getting late and it is clear that I have no chance to reach the next town.
Just passed the highway is the Patterson Pass campground and I'm very happy about it. There is only one other tent, without anyone there and is a very quiet evening. Very nice after such an exhausting day.
And the sky is playing big cinema!
I'm loving it!
Awesome! Nevada always looks like such a great place to ride glad you're enjoying it!
I remember NV more than any other State. Looking forward to the next installment.