Moab UT to Midway UT – 336 miles
Tom and I woke up and turned on the weather channel. To the north and east, directly over our route the green rain blob was still active. The area had received 2 to 3" of rain the past 20+ hours. Forecast indicated the front would finally push out around 10am. We figured with the desert sun beating down that conditions would dry out fairly quick. We took our time in the hotel room, cleaning, charging, organizing etc. Also walked up the strip looking to grab a few supplies and grub.
Finally, departed the hotel around 9:30am and stopped to top off our gas. Next gas stop wouldn't be until Green River, approx 150 miles.
We headed out of town from the strip on 300 which turns into mill creek rd, then turned onto sand flats road which will take us east past all the main moab attractions (ie, slick rock, porcupine rim trail, etc).
To gain entrance into sand flats recreation area, you're required to stop and pay an entrance fee. We mentioned to the tax collector that we're riding the UTBDR and passing thru. He didn't know anything about the UTBDR, but mentioned he had only heard of one other that mentioned this route. Perhaps the wan's on their school bus since they went thru in early summer.
So we spent a few minutes educating, talked about the discovery trail website and showed a zoom'ed out track on the GPS. He mentioned the road is closed ahead in about 20 miles due to construction at Lasal Mtn Loop rd. He looked over our bikes and said but we may be able to use an alternate trail workaround, which he explained. Then he let us pass without paying the entrance fee, as long as we're going one-way.
finally, ready to roll and heading east on sand flats road. We disagree with the signage
a few clouds still lingering over the primary peaks in the Manti-la Sal NF, no dust yet...
fun little dirt road, area still recovering from a fire
construction workaround is the GPS file. To the left of the road closed signage there was a unpaved semi-graded road that headed down. This turned into a jeep track then a steep rocky uphill back up to the pavement, and around the culvert construction. Definitely would be a handful on a loaded big bike. In any case, looked like a temporary closure, so probably not an issue for future travelers.
looking west into porcupine draw, arches NP on the picture horizon
Next up Kokopelli trail