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Old 06-01-2011, 12:54 PM   #22126
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i started planning this ride since january of this year. we made an attempt at that time " http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...8376&page=1293 " and realized that it will be very difficult to do it without the essential provisions, such as fuel, drinking water, food, firewood, etc.

trust me, it can be done on a fully loaded bike if you have the proper set up.

finally, i found someone to drive my truck and carry 3 coolers with food and refreshment for 8 people, 30 gals of gasoline, 25 gals of water, 6 bundles of firewoods, etc. the plan is meet in mesquite and leave saturday morning. we broke the group into 2. the easier route is 125 miles (20 miles of pavement) and the shorter but challenging is 105 miles of pure dirt.

our objective is get to and camp at TOROWEAP on the north edge of the Grand Canyon

saturday morning - may 28th, 2011

here's the crew, joel, randy, duy, cathy and jim) while waiting for tbarstow at a gas station in mesquite



the obligatory gas price pic for this event




cathy checking out the harley riders




her farkles actualy sparkles; check out the helmet, filter cover and side case cover.



tim, true to his words (except 30 minutes late) finally showed up

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Old 06-01-2011, 01:04 PM   #22127
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while the other group took the route via st. george, the 3 of us (tim, jim and i) took the dirt road from mesquite.


oh yeah, after 5 months of waiting, i see this sign again....




tim somewhere on elbow canyon




the silver tongue devil aka silver fox




both tim and jim refused to put their stuff on the truck and rode fully loaded...




the temp was warm and resting in the shade was refreshing



during the entire trip, i only dropped my bike once while going up in that corner. the dirt was loose and my bike spun 90 degrees. didn't get hurt nor put any damage to the 640
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:41 PM   #22128
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this is the easy section of the trail, but on tim's video it was actually harder than in looks; look at that deep blue az sky...




courtesy of tbarstow



we caught this place while most of the vegetation was still green



we reached the boundary of the national monument and stopped for a photo op



i made sure my camera was tethered to me before spafxer run away with it....




always give an old truck the right of way....




we were losing altitude




the road was twisty but fun




tim did a great job packing his stuff









will travel, no gun and no money




though the trail will challenge a fully loaded 950, jim made it without an issue



and the boys like to play, i mean fly




the rocks left by the lollygaggers letting us know they are in front of us




did duy do this rock pile?




i have video clips of the hard sections and will post them later. meantime, more pics to come.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:10 PM   #22129
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just follow the road and don't stop until you see the school house




there it is




jim's stuff dwarfs the big ktm.....




announcing we have arrived



















we were joined by 2 adv riders from park city utah. sorry forgot the names.




me wanna helmet like that to match my bike; the road in the background will lead you to bar 10





a working and clean out-house behind the school
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:11 PM   #22130
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I left OC mid afternoon on Friday. A lot of lane splitting and not many pics from Friday.

Here is the loaded WeeStrom at Valley Wells rest area.


As I approached Vegas, I had a choice to make, ride to Mesquite and find a room, overnight in Vegas, or find a place to camp. I chose to look for a campsite at Lake Mead. Originally I wanted to go to Valley of Fire state park, but it was getting dark. I found the campground at Callville bay to be nearly empty so I got a site. It was $10 for a night with water and flush toilets, picnic tables and either a fire pit or BBQ in each campsite.

I set up camp as it was getting dark and had my dinner: Trader Joes Chicken salad on Tandori Nan flat bread.


I wear earplugs when sleeping in a campground which helps a lot when there are RVs pulling through all night long and people partying until 4am. Still, I did not sleep well that night.

Here is what the camp looked like in the morning.


I got up early in the morning so that I could get to the meeting place on time. I rode through the Lake Mead recreation area. It was rather scenic and much better than riding I-15 from Vegas to Mesquite.












The highway brought me out of the park around Overton. Found this old tank at the civic center in Overton.


Around 9 am we met at a Smith gas station in Mesquite and had Breakfast at Subway. Later we split into two groups. Cathy, Duy, and I were taking the easy route along with the support truck while Jim, Joel, and Tim were taking a more ‘interesting’ route. I had loaded the route in my GPS so ended up being the lead rider to St George.
A pic over my shoulder with Cathy and Duy behind.


We topped off our gas tanks just outside St George and hit unpaved road C-5 which would take us to the National park border. C-5 was a dirt superhighway and was mostly smooth, hard-packed dry clay with good traction. I set a pace of about 35 MPH and after a while stopped and asked Cathy and Duy if they are all right with the pace. They said it was fine. I started riding ahead to get pictures but they sped up also and I barely had time getting my camera out before they caught up to me.




We ended up riding 45-50 MPH through most of C-5. Me and Duy took turns pulling ahead to stop and take photos.




It was not long before we reached the intersection where we expected to meet up with Joel, Jim, and Tim. We rested for a ffew minutes and then left a rock cairn to let them know that we have passed.


Onward to Toroweap.








We stopped to check out the Replica Mt Trumbull one-room school house.






Bud Bundy sitting on a cactus?


After the schoolhouse, we rode up the side of Mt Trumbull


The roads around Mt Trumbull slowed us down a bit due to being covered with a lot of ping pong ball sized gravel that made turns slippery. The forests around Mt Trumbull gave way to flat valleys as we got closer to the park boundary.


Finally we reached the ranger station.


Afew more miles of mostly easy dirt to the campground.




There were some small rock ledges that gave the Vstroms trouble around the campground, but the bikes with higher clearance had no problems. Al, driving the support truck got the last campsite for us and we set up camp.

Before long Jim and Tim showed up. They thought that Joel was taking pictures. About the time we started to wonder where he was, someone in a LandRover stopped by and told us he broke his chain. Me and Tim went back to fix it. I think we managed to squeeze a 520 clip link onto Joel’s 525 chain and get him back to camp.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:34 PM   #22131
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filter cover and side case cover.


Never called them that before...............................But OK, all good.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:40 PM   #22132
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22 miles more to go




entering the national park



it has a fenced boundary




lots of color along the way in



after taking this picture, rode for about a mile and the inevitable happened



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Before long Jim and Tim showed up. They thought that Joel was taking pictures. About the time we started to wonder where he was, someone in a LandRover stopped by and told us he broke his chain. Me and Tim went back to fix it. I think we managed to squeeze a 520 clip link onto Joel’s 525 chain and get him back to camp.

me no taking pictures....me h8chains........me almost crashed when the master link snapped into pieces....







i have spare...but the wrong one....




how cool it could be driving this lr




thanks to this dude for telling the boys that i was stuck; soon tim and randy showed up, though i was expecting my long-time great bud spafxer will come back to my rescue....




if it wasn't to randy's chain tool, i would be sitting in the back of the pickup truck for the rest of the weekend....




tim and randy doing what they do best...helping PPs (poor peeps); these are the 2 riders you want around when you ride.




while the guys are fixing my bike, i can't resist taking a pic of this rock formation on top of a hill
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:43 PM   #22133
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Never called them that before...............................But OK, all good.
Ha...! I get it.

But she's has a helmet so... Tranny?
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:47 PM   #22134
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that's woody herman and tito puente playing mambo herd for the soundtrack.

Tim! You promised a picture of Lt. Dangle!
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:47 PM   #22135
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Finally we reached the ranger station.



NOTE THE SIGN: GREATER TUWEEP METROPOLITAN AREA

THAT'S ABOUT IT FOR RANGER HUMOR
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Old 06-01-2011, 06:03 PM   #22136
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Tim! You promised a picture of Lt. Dangle!
Joel is the one with the Lt. Dangle pics.
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Old 06-01-2011, 06:07 PM   #22137
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after fixing my bike, we all rode back to camp

this one for ya randy for being a nice guy...



when we reached the camp, no time was wasted and walked immediately to the overlook



big crack in the rock



it was very windy and tim flew over the big crack...











the best reward for riding 105 miles



purely amazing




one more.......really nice



the wind was so strong that we have to crawl to the edge




happy and proud to be here




wtp, where's my camera?.....




this one is for my mom who many years ago passed away




tim totaly looks relax here but we were actually constantly fighting the wind



a parting shot
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Joel is the one with the pics.
this is the ranger who kicked us out; the entire campsite was almost empty....

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Old 06-01-2011, 06:20 PM   #22139
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our camp before we got evicted....



view of the almost empty campground




night time art




as usual i have a big wood in my hand



we were all tired; then the strong wind and flying sand forced us to seek shelter in our tent and sleeping bags.



that was the conclusion of day 1. more coming later.
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Old 06-01-2011, 06:24 PM   #22140
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Ha...! I get it.

But she's has a helmet so... Tranny?

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