Texans Utahing 500s for a 1000 Yeehaws

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by TexasStevo, Sep 8, 2021.

  1. Joe Motocross

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    Holy shit. I didn't know it was this bad. Incessant ramblings of 5hundies. Citing C.A.N.E. Bastardizing movie quotes to fit your needs. Dude, you've chugged the koolade and are drowning. Man. You've lost the plot. Or have you just created one of the most honest experiences of salvation? My only regret is not being there in person as a witness. You've found The Truth. Respect.
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  2. KTMCarhart

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    So steve graciously allowed me to hijack his post to throw in a little on my last day of riding. Well after we had hard dates set for Utah, my wife received the save the date for a cousins wedding in Denver. She understood, but was sad I couldn’t make it. As the week approached, we figured out we had use it or lose it airline dollars from heat of Covid trip cancelations. My wife impulse reserved me a one way ticket home. I opened up basecamp. 3 step to denver… ooof, too far. 3 step to buena vista, 250miles. Now that I can do that in a day.

    I called up my father in law Mike and asked if he would drive from denver to pick me up. Eddyline at 4 for pizza and beer. Plan set.

    Skip to morning of… ol’ stevo starts stirring well before sunrise per usual. I reluctantly drug my sore body out of the warm comfortable bed and head to the 3 step cantina in search of fresh coffee. Stevo and I take in the sunrise while rocking and sipping our daily dose of caffeine. We each just needed a good pair of dickies to complete our perfect old man day starter pack.

    I start my way east by b-lining for Naturita. Before I left, I checked with scot to make sure there was a bridge to cross the Dolores river. He smiled and said yes there is a bridge and that I would enjoy that ride. He wasn’t wrong.

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    This area averages 14in of rain a year, in July alone they received 21in of rain. The road definitely reflected this fact. I welcomed the demand for trail eyes.

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    I fueled up in Naturita and cut across the uncompahgre NF on a beautiful sweeping dirt highway. The aspens where thinking about changing but haven’t fully committed.

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    I got a tip from a tenured guest at 3 step letting me know that hey 50 regularly shuts down. Scot pulled out a paper map of Colorado, a quick pinky measurement revealed to me that it would only be 30-40miles longer to take hwy 92. Boy was I wrong. My 30 minute detour was actually over an hour longer. But way better than frying in line on blacktop next to blue Mesa.

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    Quick fuel up in gunnison, didn’t even take the helmet off. Sheriff let me know 50 in a 40 is too fast for 742, lucky me he was to lazy to flip around and chase me down.

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    My detour cost me too much time… I had to blow past tincup turn off and gunned it towards cottonwood pass.

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    35miles and 55 minutes, I got this.

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    4:03. Big Mike is there waiting. Time for some beer.

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    Nothing like the smell of an old 12v. Peace out gang. Thanks for tagging along.

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  3. TexasStevo

    TexasStevo Been here awhile

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    Not too shabby KTMGrape, I think we should relinquish ride report duties to you. Im just going to roost and scrutinize your riding and writing!

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  4. KTMCarhart

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    I’ll leave it to the expert from now on. DB449B1E-1698-4186-96B1-373E012E1278.jpeg
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  5. TexasStevo

    TexasStevo Been here awhile

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    KTMGrape ditched me for some more dirt….and his hot wife that happened to be in Denver. It happens. I rolled south back to Texas in the truck……it’s like driving to Russia, the road of bones rolling home.


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    Plenty of time to think about this trip. It rates up there with my off road exploits. After decades of off roading, I’d say that was Mr. Stevo’s Opus, without Rowena. Grape was my someone to watch over me.


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    Really pleased with the flow, logistics, traveling light, scenery…..and damn, the 500s slayed. This was the lowest mileage of my big trips, but the miles were quality riding unparalleled to any other long trip I’ve done. That said, my body is hurting/healing, unparalleled to any other long trip I’ve done.


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    Thanks for following along and making the overall experience gooder


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    Now, back to business. The show must go on. What’s next, where is the big ride for 2022 going to be? More Utah madness (daddy like)? Or Baja ride? Or dang it, what about Idaho, looks killer? Ride the 500…..or the Africa Twin? Trying to figure out a way to wiggle my nose and have me and one of my bikes in Coeur Dalene, or Utah, or Baja or a mystery place? It’s all so confusing. What yall think? Anybody have ideas to pull off something epic? All ears am I.


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  6. River Rat

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    that was some awesome country :thumb, thanks for sharing :beer
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  7. DingWeed

    DingWeed Been here awhile

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    Fantastic to meet you guys!!!!
    Awesome ride!!! Thanks for all your work on this report!!!
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  8. svo_jon

    svo_jon Been here awhile

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    Thanks for putting together a very entertaining report! You planning some video footage?

    Jonathan
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  9. TexasStevo

    TexasStevo Been here awhile

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    KTMCarhart does have a lot of footage.....we might play with it and post a highlights reel. No promises.
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  10. svo_jon

    svo_jon Been here awhile

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    That would be awesome!
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  11. TexasStevo

    TexasStevo Been here awhile

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    Now that I am not doing the ride report on the fly while riding, I went back through my camera and also went through the go pro on my helmet for the first time. Here are some new pics that caught me eye. Should also quickly show how diverse things were out there in this one post.


    I liked this one, kind of a natural gate keeper on some single track in the Abajos.

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    I think we were scooting west from Blanding on this one looking out over the Bears Ears area.

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    One of the difficult trail hunting escapades below. Found it, such as it was. I tried to scare it with my shadow. I guess it worked. That and my walking it/knocking down some of the edges to help us clean it.

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    One of our night time shenanigans pics at the reservoir.

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    We went through a couple tunnels to go under the highway and get to the trails. One by Hite, one in Green River area. I was worried about visibility and eating doo doo in the mud, but they weren't too bad.

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    KTMCarhart boogying along, I believe in the Hite area.

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    Here are some of us combing the desert. Some obscure/semi tough riding in the Ticaboo area more or less. Have to look for my wing man in these, tis some big country.

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    We got back in some color, I think most of these were east of Salina. That sheep dog was not messing around, he needs a pay raise.

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    And back into the desert. I like being able to see the headlight in the middle of the day in the dark canyons....or in aspen tunnels for that matter.

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    Some pictographs above KTMCarhart's giant head, three figures in red. They reminded me of the bad guy ghosts in the movie Ghost, all stretched out. I think I heard that noise while we were there.

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    Here we are trying to get to the super sneaker camp hide out at the end of the day. KTMCarhart trying to ham it up....or scratch it up? I think both as it turned out.

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    Flashback....where is the trail? Does this thing come out? If we have to turn around I'm going to cry. I looked back at KTMCarhart, he sees the look on my face and is trying to look around me. Then I look back to my front. Not a lot of choices. You either weed wack/rock climb your way through or put your bike up for sale at those coordinates.

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    We finally made it to the super sneaker serengeti hide out.

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    We even had a cool work bench at that camp....and fancy cups.

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    I started waking up really early that next morning. I would enjoy the night sky, then fall back asleep, then just laid around for a while. Not because we drank too much (never happens) or because KTMCarhart was snoring really loud wrapped up in his orange cocoon (always happens). It just felt right that morning as night transitioned into day. Birds came alive, fish were jumping, the sun started glowing and some ducks were flying around. I wish I could put the smells of the damp desert morning in the report for you. It was a nice quiet time for me, with the normal background snoring. At least I know he is present and accounted for.

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    This next day, we did some hard riding, probably hardest of the trip. And it never really let up. It was probably the highlight of the trip at the same time, you know how that goes.

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    And our last day on the trail was mostly red. Here is a couple parting shots below. Hope you guys enjoyed seeing a few more pics from the vault.

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  12. NoelJ

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    Thanks for the pics; awesome-looking riding area. The terrain variation with altitude within one day is really interesting.
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  13. scimmione

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    grazie per le foto... l'Italia è un paese molto diverso !
    Bel report !!
    Tanta invidia !!!

    saluti

    ps
    Puoi inviare le tracce gpx che hai fatto?
    grazie
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  14. svo_jon

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    Really solid riding!!! Thanks again for sharing.

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    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Just terrific stuff! :clap
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  16. TexasStevo

    TexasStevo Been here awhile

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    Thanks about the report. It was some good riding and really diverse. As far as a GPX file, I was doing a lot playing in someone else's backyard and I don't feel right handing over the treasure map to the pot of gold. If you head out there and have some specific questions, PM me and will assist you with some pointers. Thanks, Steve
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    TexasStevo Been here awhile

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    Thanks man!! I can't stop thinking about that solid riding.....my brain and heart want to go back!!
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  18. TexasStevo

    TexasStevo Been here awhile

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    Thanks brother. Sometimes you wonder if all the reporting is worth it, it is a pain, especially to do on the fly in the heat of battle. Glad you enjoyed it.
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  19. HickOnACrick

    HickOnACrick Groovinator Super Supporter

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    Good stuff, guys. Thanks for taking the time for the drone shots.
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  20. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    One can never get too much Utah. Loved the style as well.
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