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Utah ADV Trip

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by fjmartin, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. fjmartin

    fjmartin Long timer

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    Time to escape the Pacific NorthWET before the perma-damp sets it for the next 6 months for one more trip in 2020. This time I'll be riding solo on my 2017 BMW F800GSA from Washington State down to Utah. I'll stop in at the Bonneville Salt Flats for a quick run on the famous Speedway before making my way down to St. George to meet up with my Rawhyde Adventures Alum's for a little fun! The day before I meet with them I'm getting new tires and tubes installed at the local Rocky Mountain ATV/MC dealership. I've decided for this trip to run the Bridgestone Battlax AX41's. Our crew will then set off to visit the Grand Canyon via the dirt route to the Toroweap Overloop just over the border in Arizona via the "Main Street Route" and then return via the "Sunshine Route" to make our way to the entrance of Zion National Park. Next day we'll check it out along with riding up to Bryce Canyon National Park for a look-see. The next day we'll ride to Moab and ride through Arches National Park and stay the night in town. Then we are riding the White Rim Road the next day, followed by a bit of the UTBDR as a day ride out of Moab. Then the group splits up again and we all head home. Plan is 13 days!

    I like to do my ride reports like a daily diary with highlights of the day with pictures. I hope you follow along and enjoy the ride!

    Joe
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  2. fjmartin

    fjmartin Long timer

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    I was planning on leaving on Sunday 10/18 to begin the trip but the weather keeps forecasting to be nastier and nastier in Western Washington. I've decided to escape while it's dry by leaving tomorrow afternoon and just cruising to Yakima for the night. So all my gear is packed and I'm ready to roll. My setup for this trip is:
    Giant Loop Round the World Panniers
    Givi T513 Crash Bar Bags
    OBRAdv Switchback Tank Bag
    Kriega US-30 Tail bag with a pair of US-10 bags attached to the sides.
    DS-Protection Tool Box

    The panniers hold most of my stuff which includes camping gear which will be used occasionally on this trip depending on the weather. The DS-Protection Toolbox holds all my main toolkit while my crash bar bags hold my bike spares, tubes, tape, JB Weld, etc. I hate tank bags since I'm short and they hit me in the nether regions when standing on the pegs going through technical terrain but this tiny bag stays out of the way and holds my compact digital camera and a lanyard with a cloth to wipe my visor. Two things I like to have quick and easy access to. My tailbag setup starts with my US-30 being empty. That's where I shove dinner stuff for camp or stuff a clothing layers, etc. The Left side US-10 attached to the tail bag holds my IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) and the Right side US-10 holds a bike cover that I use mostly when I'm staying in a town to help keep prying eyes from seeing my beautiful Ruby! You may also notice this strange looking piece of 2x4 strapped on top of my tail bag. And, since others always inquire as to what that is, I'll get it out of the way now. As I mentioned above, I'm short and I ride a tall heavy bike so I lowered it. But that now makes it impossible for me to get it on the centerstand to do repairs or even simple maintenance like lubing the chain. So I took a piece of 2x4, cut one end to be a ramp with a stopper at the far end and on the bottom I put swing out feet that keep it from falling over as it sits on edge with the tall side up. I place it right behind my rear wheel and walk the bike in gear up on the ramp, stop the bike and can now easily get the bike on the centerstand and as the bike swings backwards on the centerstand it gets off and out of the way of this ramp. Easy peasy!

    More to come...

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    fjmartin Long timer

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  4. mlambie

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    Go Joe!
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  5. Donniejoe

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    I'm subscribed and following. Looks like fun. Watch out for small stones getting stuck in your brake pedal!
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  6. fjmartin

    fjmartin Long timer

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    I have an extra set of brake pads...just in case :-)
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  7. El Chorizo

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    Always amazed by your set-up, Joe. 4 of us will head out from San Diego on Wed morning and see you in St. George that evening. Can't wait to kick up some dirt. Toroweap and White Rim are two bucket listers. I'm looking forward to the adventure. Safe travels over the next few days, brother!
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  9. fjmartin

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    Well, this ride report will start out dull and gain speed once I get further south. Safely make it to Yakima for the evening. Heated jacket stopped working at a rest stop just over the pass. Seems to blow a fuse about once a year on the coax harness. Got to the hotel and got it changed out and I am good to go. That’s it for today...a minor snooze fest of a report!

    Bike all tucked in for bed!
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    Very Cool....But I hope not cold
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    Rolled out of Yakima around 8:30am heading towards Boise for the night. Didn’t take long before I was cruising down the very straight highway but leaned in like I was doing a motoGP corner. Wind was blowing HARD! Finally got to where the highway was pointing due east and had a tailwind! Mostly saw farmlands today at highway speeds! IMG_0957.jpg
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    Now for the important stuff! Trying out a local brew. Boise Brewing Hip Check IPA. Nice beer, not overly bitter and a smooth aftertaste! IMG_0958.jpg
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    Sounds like an awesome trip! Ride safe and keep us posted.
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    Rolled out of Boise EARLY as it was a 500 mile day with a side trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats. For a long time it was just the same old scenery and more strong winds but as I approached the Snake River entering Twin Falls Idaho I pulled off at a viewpoint for the river. Stairs went down under the bridge to give a great view of the surrounding and the bridge
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    After what felt like a long while I made it to Wendover Utah and the salt flats. Wow is what comes to mind. So crazy to see this sandpaper like glistening salt with super grip going off into the horizon. A pair of blue lines marks the route. Bike, cars and motorhomes were all out. Most just tootling around but some going for it down the blue lines. I ended up doing one pass at speed. Nothing crazy or my wife will put me on restriction
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    After my drag run I rode Alt 93 to Ely Nevada for the night. Alt 93 is a two lane middle of nowhere road. 130 miles between services. It follows the Pony Express route.
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    Staying tonight in the historic Hotel Nevada & Gambling House. Built in 1927 and was the tallest building in Nevada. Neat place!
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    The town is Old School for sure.
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    Found a cool bar and grill to hit up
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    Lagunitas IPA on tap
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    Oh damn, dessert!
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    Joe, will you be able to spend a night out in Torroweep? Was out there in 2014, epic. Total quiet and great view of stars and space station. 3000' to the bottom so watch your step.
    Camping is primitive but nice sights. You have to pack everything in food, water etc and bring it back out.
    When we went it was perfect weather just after rain had passed through so hardly no dust or deep powder dirt.
    We came in from the north route I think. 60 miles of dirt road.
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    No, we are jetting out and back. It’s a tight timeline for the rest of my group. We are going in on the Main Street Route and coming out via the Sunshine Route
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    Nice beer porn! And don't forget to wash that salt off your bike, it can and will wreak havoc on your electrical system. I would love to ride the salt flats, on someone else's bike!
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    Hope you washed all that salt off your bike after riding on the salt flats...
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