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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by mntdawg, Apr 20, 2018.
Out getting the point!
Sure was fun.
See you in May on some of this stuff.
Indeed!!!! All system go for the May dates:)
I can’t wait, your posts have made this so much more inviting!!!!!
great stuff! glad you and pat are having a good time.
Nice report and photos. Thanks for taking the time to share.
The itinerary is solid now.
Thanks Ned, I know Pat is loving the DR immensely over the XRL.
Thanks, and your welcome.
Great report as usual. Thanks.
Enjoyed the report. What time of year was this? I did not notice a specific date.
We hit a great weather window April sixth to the thirteenth this year.
Thanks for sharing! Looks like an amazing trip
Amazing enough for a return trip last week!
This vast area has really gotten my attention, so it was easy to say yes to a return trip with a few friends. It has been a while since I have been able to do a trip in the middle of spring, riding the DR was a decision I did not regret. The weather was primo, the bugs I dreaded never appeared, and the bike ran flawlessly.
A little new tire break in ride a few days prior to departure.
Time to git.
Out of town.
And over the mountain.
Kept rolling west towards more mountains.
Climbed up onto the Uncompahgre.
Drove down stream to a crossing at the Rim Rocker trail.
This route turned me around a few years back due to mud and clutch issues.
The scene was grim, I had to cancel the ten day trip with dave6253 and larryboy.
Back to now, dry as a bone.
A fine site for the evening.
First happy hour of this run.
No bugs tonight.
And a warm burrito!
226 total miles
12 dirt miles
Wonderfully mild morning on the east flank of the La Sals.
The heat will be on the rest of the day.
I burned towards Hite to confirm they have fuel, they do and it looks like the station is under remodel. Over to Ticaboo and the bottom of the Burr trl. The chip seal was in good shape all the way to Clay point rd. continued on dirt to the monument and switchbacks.
As soon as I topped out it was fairly crowded, especially after all that lonely desert.
I drove straight through Boulder town down hwy 12, resupply in Escalante which is looking more like a Colorado small (boom) town. Then found the Cottonwood road again.
These hogbacks were interesting.
Rolled down to the Paria then a few more asphalt miles to connect with House Rock rd to camp west of the Vermillions.
425 Total miles
116 dirt miles
Sunrise was early and bright, my packing system and routine are very dialed in after this winter riding season.
Fully loaded for big bears (miles) I left Fredonia for Pipe Springs NM to obtain a permit for the groups third night. This was also the rondevoue point.
Permit in hand about forty minutes later and we rolled.
Less than two miles of pavment and we had this to our selves for quite a few miles (and gates).
We ran the Navajo trail for twenty something miles before it had any topographical relief.
Then on to Main street.
Feeling just like this Golden.
Frank and Larry were having a great time driving out to Twin point fresh and all on there first day, I took up the rear and enjoyed a litttle rest pace. Seeing that I was here just a month ago I took a little different angle to the photos. Happy hour was enjoyed with a gentleman from the same town in Canada as Larry.
Some times it does not matter how beautifull you are life is still a struggle.
The Cliffrose was so prevelently fragrent on a lot of this ride.
154 Total miles
135 Dirt miles
This morning turned very dynamic in more ways than one in a short time.
I have not mentioned the wind that was very persistent through most of this trip and the last trip. So the little window of calm this morning was great.
One of my favorite shots of this trip.
As Frank is packing he informs me that he has a physical issue that most likely will not allow him to continue, Bummer!
Looking out west I think that is Snap point center of pic.
I want to go there.
At the junction we decide on a rondevue point and Frank heads out to r and r his condition.
Larry and I roll west with a plan to meet Frank later in the day.
We roll through the forest that quickly changes to Pinyon and Juniper and Sage. We find the left turn and it immediately is a road of bike deep ruts that we rode in and out of for a few miles to this overlook. I think we are looking down on the Fort Garrett ruins, we can see roads down there.
What I think is Snap..."just over there"
So this story will be told forward but the pics are on the return trip so backwards. I took off and in a short time I had ridden up a few short but kind of nasty hills, each time I would wait and listen for Larry and here he comes, cool. We get up on the volcanic rock, it is much flatter terrain and I think yes we are going to make it. I wait for a while a bit past the wildlife water catchment you can see well on GE out by Snap pt. I turned back and found Larry about a three quarters of a mile back, he had just picked the bike up as I arrive. We took a break decided we would go back from here as he took a full body slam on the "highway". I will be back here!
Pictures from turn around,
That was an absolute blast and on the return list for sure.
We rolled back onto the "Main" route that shot us straight down through much geologic time.
Phenomenal riding here below the upper Grand Wash Cliffs.
Rolling on towards Pigeon canyon.
Just got to get around Mustang Point.
Finally around Mustang point.
We finished Pigeon canyon in familiar country, found Frank and settled in for the eve.
69 miles all dirt
In the morning Frank was not feeling better, we packed and made our way to the school house for a good break then on to the Bar 10 for fuel. Frank split back to the school house then on to his vehicle.
Larry and I drove down to the river overlook.
The clouds, warm temps, second time around, and sharing with a man who truly appreciates these types of rides was a great time.
These boaters took some time to get to us, they sure do look relaxed.
Great, great stuff!
Fantastic lunch spot!
The ten or so miles back to the Bar 10 were awesome prep for the next several hours of riding. We stopped at the ranch to top off our water, I asked about our planned route and got a vague " you will make it".
As soon as we headed up Hell's Hollow I could tell it would get tough.
Each time we stopped I would give Larry the option to turn back, he declined every time.
Short reprieves here and there.
Looking at the contours on the map we could tell it was going to get steeper soon.
It was blazing HOT, in all those adventure clothes.
As we got into the switchbacks our hopes were high. I came around one and see this.
I have no choice but to park it.
We helped each other get rolling again, more nasty stuff around the bend.
We regained our composure for time being. There was no more talk of turning back!
Tubliss with 11 psi taking care of business.
As we entered the Pondos the route eased a bit.
We were permitted to be at a camp site sixty miles from here, it is seven o'clock. This saddle in between Mt. Logan and Slide mt. will do for this evening. We were both pretty whooped, we left the ranch around three o'clock, it is only ten miles back!
When we were at the river overlook the elevation is 2,505' at the saddle it is 7,040', done in less than eighteen miles according to the graph.
76 dirt miles
The non daylight savings time is great.
Refreshed with perfect temps for riding thru the trees.
We knocked out primary routes to get to these great roads. Thanks again Dave!
Kanab is very intense!
Spectacular, the butte in the center of the picture will be referenced in a day or so.
We had a lot of miles to do this afternoon so we hammered it to Fredonia for supplies, then drove out 22.