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Old 06-05-2012, 01:13 AM   #176
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Travis Two headed westward to St. George. Utah to pick up a new oil filter before his blast back to L.A. .

We mourned his departure, had a group hug, and all felt a bit uncertain as to what would be the next "event" that presented itself.

We rode out of Tropic on Cottonwood Road into the wilds of the Escalante Staircase,

I wondered if it had handrails for Bob and me...

http://www.americansouthwest.net/uta...nyon_road.html

The redrocks gave way to flatter land and less spectacular scenery....



Some of the guys who were tired thought it was like riding uphill...



But that did not phase the Canuck....as he grew up walking to school 12 miles each way...and it was uphill each way...



We were generally an orderly group, with impeccable road manners...non of this side-by-side riding the HD pirates tend to do....like they were in an effin' parade or something...



Dan was already ordering beer and it wasn't afternoon yet...




The paved road ended after 20 minutes or so and we were greeted with a "Road Closed...except to local traffic" sign.

We huddled for a route consult and decided that we had to do it.... Hell, we were there, so we must be locals

So we pressed onwards ...let the dust begin





We cruised at a good rate such such scenic points as Grosvenor's Arch ...perhaps only noticed by Bob....who may have stopped to take a snap....being the good tourist...



This area reminded me of some of my local landscape in Kamloops, BC... sage, clay banks, and good riding options...



After a while, the road came up onto some higher ground and our perspective changed for a a bit..



I guess the elevation change was the "Staircase" part of this area...



I had no idea where we were headed that day (the plans were loose... ) but I knew generally where we were ...southern Utah headed east .

Bob had been talking about Wahweap Wash...and he was definitely looking forward to it. He had been disappointed he did not get to sleep in a cave at Toroweap on Day One (I didn't want to pop his fantasy and tell him it was really a ledge more than a cave,....but he had been there before and I hadn't....), so it was important we find it.



After some guiding by Kevin, we ended up in a wet riverbed with a few different approaches....stinky alkaline mud pits, soft sand, baseball rocks imbedded in wet sand and mud, occasional barbed wire across the wash, more soft sand detours from the wash....we were in heaven.



It seemed like we would be following the wash for some time, so at one point I just wicked it up and had a fun blast through the slalom course punctuated by sand ledges of varying dimensions....

The bikes posed for a Giant Loop promo shot....we figured that we should all get a new Coyote Bag simply for our effort...


















Dan stopped for a tissue...he was so moved by the experience...



Kevin and Dave struck another manly pose...



We stopped a few times for rendezvous route discussions....and kept heading eastwards along the wash...



Some guys played "See if I can jump out of the way in time"...



Some guys needed a rest...



The sky was going through some changes with clouds coming and going....we needed to do the same and were headed towards Page, Arizona....or so I overheard....

We wound our way to a part of the wash were it became apparent we needed tp ride up onto some double track due to some conservation work or something like that in the area. I was having a fun time riding the wash, and was looking forward to Page...or some civilization where I could get more water...





It was fun in a different way than the wash...



Good traction











The trail took us towards an area Bob hoped to find now that he had pounded his way through Wahweap..."There are Hoodoos around here somewhere", he claimed.

We rode out of the wash and onwards....the guys kept forgetting the word "Hoodoos"...and came up with funny variations...and after a while, it became evident that the Hoodoos were out of our range for the day....so we were headed over some rough stuff and back into a final touchdown at Wahweap before heading to Bigwater (a place that was sure to be able to replenish my Camelback...or so I thought )...



The terrain varied a lot....













Back into Wahweap Wash before passing Bigwater (no water for me.... )









The Hoodoos were off for the day....finding a place to camp was the next move....Bob knew just the place and found the longest deep soft-sand double track he could....and for a while I was hating it.....no pics....too busy with my deathgrip on the bars as I was weaving through the deep red stuff like a drunken dragon

So....slow riding for me....the group was spread out so no one was around to watch me hate the deep soft stuff....I only had one sand nap..... I am a bit confused about where the deep sand was, but it seems like it ended up leading us back into Wahweap this last time...

We rode up onto double-track again and headed towards Bigwater. My thirst was taking over and I was looking forward to civilization if only for lots of some cold liquid... .
We continued eastward along the north side of Bigwater and bypassed it into the most barren stretch of land I had seen on our ride so far. We were within 15 minutes of Page and were ignoring it....WTF???

We were riding on the moon....






















After a high speed run on a roller-coaster wide gravel road heading northeast, we came to a junction: Head north or east were the options:



Some conversation led up to Kevin riding a few different ways to finally return and say...."We are heading east...."








The road led into a rather scenic canyon....and I had no idea what it would lead to...and I was worrying more about my water (I had about 1/2 liter left and would want 1-2 liters before I went to sleep...I was averaging about 4-6 lites a day)...





These guys didn't know which fork to take....









We came over a rise and Lake Powell opened herself up....we just needed to find a rideable track to a level spot by the water....the hunt went on for about 1/2 hour...it was late afternoon and we were ready to unsaddle and see what was what...



The sight of water was a very welcomed one...





Bob led us to what helped me recognize what Heaven must look like:











Bob was happy....



We set up camp











and had a swim before the sun went behind the ridge ...the water was cool and refreshing....we were like school kids playing in the water....a bit of laundry was done....some power bars consumed, and a fire was in order...

Just before the fire, we were lazing on the warm sandstone recounting the day...some libation and stuff made it a VERY COOL TIME...














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