Gateway, CO to Moab, UT.

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  1. BIG OIL

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    Could someone recommend a more cross country route from Gateway, CO to Moab, UT?

    I'd rather not have to ride to Grand Junction, CO and take I70 to HWY 128 in Cisco, UT, in order to get to Moab.

    I see there's a road named 4.4 road running south southwest out of Gateway towards Moab, but it appears someone could get lost for days with all of the tracks between the two cities.
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  2. cidi

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    It’s called the safari route. Starts in John brown canyon just outside of gateway. Almost all dirt and runs on the north side of the la salle mtns. Eventually goes into the sand flats road into moab.
    Lots of tracks there. I am not near my computer but can get something to you early next week. Pm me if interested.
    Edit found it on my phone.
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  3. ROAD DAMAGE

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    John Brown Canyon Road runs from just 1/8th mile south of Gateway and comes out in Castle Valley.
    There are other options but they'd be confusing if you're not familiar with them.
    You DO NOT want to ride JBCRoad if it's wet. :nah
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  4. motorcycle john

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    I did that last week .look for John brown creek road just south of town and stay on the main path it will shoot you out onto 128 north of Moab and is paved halfway up the JB rd


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  5. BIG OIL

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    Thanks everyone, is this the route you're speaking of? Anyone have a .gpx file they'd care to share?

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    Montrose to Moab by RimRocker Trail is another option. You can pick up the RimRocker Trail south of Gateway on State 141. DSCN0712.JPG
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  7. Boricua

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    What bike? That may determine which route to take. Gateway rd to La Sal loop is easy dirt. As long as is dry. Not passable, by anything when wet.

    Quite scenic. This is an overlook on the UT side almost when you get to the la sal loop.[​IMG][​IMG]

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    Lots of deep sand experience growing up in Michigan, with some motocross and enduro racing, however, I'm still carrying hibernation weight from the winter. Pretty much an out of shape fat fuck right now!! Here's the bike, though now without the top duffel as I shipped about 40 pounds of stuff back home.

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    Man, that's purrty!
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    Yeah almost, but I have a track that stays in the mtns and drops directly into moab via sand flats roads. I’ll post it here tomorrow / Monday.


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    That look like gateway rd. I started from Spanish Valley south of Moab. The first section from Castle Valley seem to be la sal loop. You should find the overlook I took the picts a few yards after the pavement ends by a gravel pull out. Most of the road on the UT side was graded dirt and gravel. You go over La Sal mtns and drop into CO. The CO side is mostly graded dirt. However, there's where you get the red clay and no gravel. Do not go into it if wet. A strecht of wet red clay caught me by surprise. I dont know how I kept it rubber side down. Would have been a very long walk if I wouldn't had saved it. John Brown Canyos is pretty cool. A little intimidating going down eastbound on a fully loaded big bike but not a problem.

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  12. Colorado Uli

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    Rode it from Moab to Gateway one time right after the grader had used it's rippers to loosen up the road bed, then a thunderstorm had turned the lose dirt into 4' deep pudding. And that was the day I had to learn how to ride a big bike in deep mud for mile after mile. Interesting day, to be sure.
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    Sounds like a long day. I don't mind sand on a big bike, but I despise mud.
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    @BIG OIL attached is the GPX file for the Safari Route... I think by now you know NOT to ride this when wet. :D:D:D

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    @cidi No ride ven vet!

    Thanks for the gpx, Yuda man
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