Identity Crisis! My Bike Thinks She's a Dualsport
Southern Utah, October 16-20, 2008
With a rare 3 day weekend off, I plan a ride through Southern Utah. If I leave Friday after work I'll have 4 days to ride. I've ridden Utah several times, so this time I want to see a few new sights;
Goosenecks of the San Juan
Valley of the Gods
Lake Powell Ferry
This plan should require an on-road/off-road Dualsport. I do own a Dualsport, but her 2 sports are SPORT and Touring. She hasn't been too happy lately with all my talk of buying a proper Dualsport. She doesn't want to share her garage space and riding time with any other bike. I remind her she's getting old and wasn't purposely built for the type of trails I want to conquer. She reminds me of all the gravel roads she's taken me on and how reliable she's been the last 43,000 miles. She is eager to prove I don't need another bike to get to the back country.
We head off in search of solitude... Just me and my bike. :ricky How will we fare?
Here's a few teaser shots to get started.
Stay Tuned! I have hundreds more... :wink:
Awesome pics!! Gorgeous bike too! :thumb
My personal absolute favorite riding territory... (although I don't particularly like the washboard!)
more pics or we track ya down and confiscate your 'puter and that bitchin black motorsicle.
Keep it coming!!:clap :clap :clap
I want MORE!!!! More....More....More....:D
Get a dual sport that is so ugly that your wee little black bike will know that you got it just to bang......... around on the rough stuff. Sort of a dirty little secret.
I cheated and peeked... (used to find all the hidden presents early at xmas too :dunno ) Good ones are a comin'.
BUT... I gotta ask Dave... did you stop at Hells Backbone Grill? I've spent two of my 20+ wedding anniverseries at Boulder Lodge... and almost got my GS terminally stuck in the crazy loose sand (did I ever mention that I hate sand) at Deer Creek campground...
aw fuck me! I was too scared to take mine down there. That damn road caused me to buy an 1150gs when I got home! f*cker! :clap
This looks like it will be a good one.
:thumbup :thumbup Great pictures!!
Looking forward to the rest of the story!
Damn! what a great pictures !
Excellent pics man.
I had special Metzler Sand/Sport Touring Tires... :D
BTW, I think I remember reading your RR while preparing for this trip.
Thanks for all the nice comments guys!
Day 1, Ghost Ships
Phoenix to Goosenecks of the San Juan State Park, Utah
I race home from work and finish loading the bike. I head out into the heat. I decided to leave my mesh riding gear at home and immediately regret it. My temp gauge is reading 103 degrees as I head north out of Phoenix(HELL) on the superslab.
Day 1 will be boring! I-17 does have some nice curves, but I've ridden it too many times.
It cools down into the 70s at 7000 feet in Flagstaff.
Heading north from Flag the trees thin out on the long downhill into the deserts of the Navajo Reservation.
Humphrey's Peak, The highest elevation in Arizona is behind me.
The sun sets. I put away the camera for the remainder of tonights ride.
My goal for the day was to make it to the Goosenecks to camp. I was a little bummed when I realized I would be riding through Monument Valley in the dark. It's been awhile since I was last there on a bike. I would not be able to take new photos. I was actually dreading tonights ride.
I pulled to the shoulder of the highway on the Reservation to add layers. The moon was not up yet and it was DARK!!! I actually had to use a flashlight just to see anything I was doing. The sky was crystal clear with billions of stars visible (I counted). The cloudy Milky Way made me hungry for chocolate and caramel...:D A freight train passed nearby with the horns blowing and the white light piercing the desert ahead. I started back up and ran alongside the train for awhile.
The Moon came up as I neared Kayenta. When I headed North into Monument Valley I got an unexpected surprise. The familiar rock formations were perfectly silhouetted against the Moon and stars of the perfect night sky. My boring ride suddenly was exciting. I looked around in amazement as I watched the closest formations slowly slip past like silent ghost ships in the night. The moonlight glistened off the rock faces. I rarely saw another vehicle. I had the perfect night ride of a lifetime!
If you've already experienced Monument Valley by day, I highly recommend riding through on a perfect moonlit night. Although I have no photos to remember it by, It was definitely a highlight of this trip.
I make it to Goosenecks and slept near the edge of the rim. It was a clear night, so I didn't bother with setting up the tent. I could hear the river 1000 feet below.
Tomorrow we hit the dirt roads, Hopefully not literally.
I promise to shoot more photos tomorrow.
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