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dave6253 04-21-2009 08:26 PM

Identity Crisis II, The White Rim Trail, Utah Rocks!
 
The last time I did a Utah trip it was on a little Aprilia SPORT-tourer that wanted really bad to be a DualSport. This time however; It's the rider with the crisis of identity. After owning a 2007 KTM 990 Adventure for a short time I'm already a desert racer wannabe. Riding the Aprilia makes me feel like Valentino Rossi, but this big KTM makes me think I'm a badass like the late great Fabrizio Meoni. :bow


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In reality I'm far from it. Here's a little taste of what's to come.

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Let's GO!

rokklym 04-21-2009 08:55 PM

Awesome photos! Man that White Rim is a blast! I was ready to do it again the day after we did it but there were other things to check out. I can't wait to get back and try it again.

dave6253 04-21-2009 09:35 PM

Day 1 The Sequel
 
I decided to make this a sequel to last October's Utah ride because...
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except for the bike...
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the first 1.5 days...
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will be almost identical.
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With a 3 day weekend ahead I race home from work on Friday to get this ride started. By leaving after work I have 4 days to ride.
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This landmark on the Navajo Nation is named the Elephant's Feet.
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This silo stores coal from the Black Mesa Mine. The coal is transported from here by electric freight train to a power plant. I stop near the tracks off the US160 near Kayenta to layer up for the cool night ride...
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and to watch the Arizona Sunset.
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I make it to the Goosenecks of the San Juan State Park in Utah, 334 miles from Phoenix, at 9PM.
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Nightstalker 04-21-2009 09:37 PM

Absolutely Stunning!!

BV1 04-21-2009 09:52 PM

Looks awesome!

dave6253 04-21-2009 10:10 PM

Day 2
 
I stayed in the exact same spot as in October. It's much cooler so the tent goes up this time.

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I kind of sleep in so I miss out on the best light for photos...

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...of what's over the edge. It looked better in October.
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I turn off the highway onto a gravel dead-end to check out Mexican Hat Rock.
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The road ends at the river.
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Sombrero?
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Next, let's compare bikes on the Valley of the Gods Road.
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Salt Lick 04-21-2009 10:23 PM

I've never been to that part of the world for an extended trip. Nice photos!

caktmrider 04-21-2009 10:47 PM

Awesome!

dave6253 04-21-2009 11:09 PM

Valley of the Gods Road
 
I love this road. The new bike makes it no challenge at all. Unlike the scary moment I had on the Aprilia... The bike and rocks pose for lots of pics...
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Next up, Moki Dugway and Muley Point

Mike955i 04-21-2009 11:23 PM

Nice pics and RR!! I did this ride in Oct 07 and was amazed at Southern Utah's beauty - I need to head back there for more exploring. Looking forward to more pics... :thumb

Playa Shark 04-22-2009 12:38 AM

Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

Two 04-22-2009 12:43 AM

Awesome pics :)
Utah is in my USA tour included, so this is going to be fun for sure :clap

Subscribed :lurk

kuyaoli 04-22-2009 12:55 AM

cool pics and report, want to see more...

dave6253 04-22-2009 08:14 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments.:wave I'll post more photos after work.

xdbx 04-22-2009 08:40 AM

Dave! Your report writing and photography has really come far from your first reports. Fantastic framing in some of the monument valley shots!

Tell us a bit more about your feelings towards re-riding a route. And more about the bike vs. bike experience. :clap :ear:ear


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