This Little Red Piggy is going out West

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by gtowndualsport, Jun 1, 2020.

  1. chudzikb

    chudzikb Long timer Supporter

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    Last time I was out that way, discovered the white rim trail, really want to do that, and soon! Document that part well, please?
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  2. gtowndualsport

    gtowndualsport Been here awhile

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    Will do. I plan on taking pictures. We're trying to slow down and enjoy the ride more this time. In the past, it's always been about finishing a particular route. This time, it's all about enjoying the ride!
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  3. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Frickin' awesome @gtowndualsport! That's a great looking 12 days in the saddle; are you guys dropping the rigs and trailers and looping back to them, or will you have to slab back once you're done riding? I hope you don't hit snow when doing parts of the COBDR, I heard some of the passes still have snow on 'em - I know it's been a pretty cold and wet spring out here in the PNW.

    Look forward to checking, couldn't agree more with the sentiment of backing the pace down a bit to enjoy the ride with stops, pictures, etc.

    Safe travels as you make your way west to start the ride :thumb
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  4. gtowndualsport

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    liv2day,

    We are leaving the truck and trailer in Grand Junction. We are looping out to Utah, back through Colorado, then back to the trucks. I planned the route this way to avoid slabbing it. We have a few hours slabbing from Grand Junction to Monticello and a few hours back to the truck from Telluride to Grand Junction. Luckily, they both are really scenic rides. Our philosophy is the more dirt, the better.
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  5. gtowndualsport

    gtowndualsport Been here awhile

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    Headed out on the road. The bikes are loaded in the trailer. We're taking the Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and I-70 route.
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    gtowndualsport Been here awhile

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    Saturday June 20

    Here's a picture of the three amigos (Ken, me, and Chris) at dinner last night in Tulsa, OK. We stayed overnight in Witchita, KS.

    We were supposed to meet up with two friends from Alaska in Monticello tomorrow. Mark missed his flight. It looks like he's not going to make it. Tim is flying down now.

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  7. gtowndualsport

    gtowndualsport Been here awhile

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    Kansas is a lonnnngggggg drive.
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    gtowndualsport Been here awhile

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    Welcome to Colorful Colorado!
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  9. Long Trail

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    From the picture on page one of the bikes loaded in the trailer it looks like you have the rear up on a stand that is mounted to the floor of the trailer? That’s kinda cool, guess I’ve never noticed it done that way. How did you secure the front wheel?
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    That's the Pitbull Trailer Restraint system. It's a great system. No tie-downs. Easy one person bike loading. No compressing the forks. I use a bungee cord to keep the front wheel straight, but it's not necessary.
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  11. James59

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    Great choice of bike. Very smart.
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    gtowndualsport Been here awhile

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    We finished our 1,312 mile drive from Memphis to Grand Junction. Made it to Grand Junction at 9:30pm. It was beautiful following I-70 through the canyons, especially around Glenwood Springs.

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    Tim flew into Salt Lake City and picked up his rental KLR. He made a wrong turn somewhere along the way. He won't make it here until midnight.

    We're going to get up in the morning, unload the bikes, take the truck to the storage area, and head out for Arches National Park. Then, on to Monticello for the night.
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    Sunday June 21

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    The crew heading out of Grand Junction.
    Chris, me, Ken, & Tim.
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    gtowndualsport Been here awhile

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    Just outside of Fruita, CO.
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    Crossing over into Utah.
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    gtowndualsport Been here awhile

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    If you come through Cisco, Utah, you need to stop by the Buzzards Belly General Store. Cold water, ice cream, and good attitude. Jean and her husband run the place. They are seriously nice people.

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    We stopped by Moab for dinner on the way to Monticello. We are at Antica Forma Pizza. It was delicious. Seems Moab is open for business. There were a ton of people there.
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    We're staying at the Horsehead Inn in Monticello. The family that runs the place is really nice. It's not fancy, but it's clean and reasonable. Lots of motorcycle riders stay here.
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    Today was Section 1 of the UTBDR from Mexican Hat back to Monticello. I'll let the pictures tell you the story. Absolutely beautiful scenery with great riding. The route was not overly difficult, but there were some pretty significant patches of sand.
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    We started off the day by visiting Goosenecks State Reserve close to Mexican Hat.
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