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Old 05-24-2012, 01:50 PM   #91
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Nice Trip!

Nice trip...how about sharing some GPS tracks of the adventure?

Thanks.

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Old 05-24-2012, 03:04 PM   #92
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Nice trip...how about sharing some GPS tracks of the adventure?

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Dan
These tracks were 80% made by the guys Bob rode with last time (more Canadians). I would like Bob to consult with them before sharing.
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:58 PM   #93
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I read this RR during lunch today.

I really enjoyed my lunch

Ged - this following quote by one of your riding mates really brought a smile. I also enjoy the way you tell your tale.
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dtbushpilot: "What happened Ged" I asked, already knowing the answer. "Nothing" he replied, "why do you ask?....."You're covered with silt" I responded. "Oh that. We don't have silt in Canada so when I saw it I wanted to stop and play in it....you know, like you desert rats like to do when you come up North and see the snow for the first time. I laid down and made a few silt angels...they were cool, you should have seen them"........I think he fell down but his story was so good that I didn't challenge him.

I think the dynamic of the group was great. Age's ranged across the board, everyone seems to have gotten along like a family or a bunch of ball bustin brothers. Can't ask for much more



I want to hear about this pic. Awesome.
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:03 PM   #94
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I read this RR during lunch today.

I really enjoyed my lunch

Ged - this following quote by one of your riding mates really brought a smile. I also enjoy the way you tell your tale.
I think the dynamic of the group was great. Age's ranged across the board, everyone seems to have gotten along like a family or a bunch of ball bustin brothers. Can't ask for much more



I want to hear about this pic. Awesome.

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Grin,

That quote is from my riding partner on my Baja ride a year ago when I broke my leg in a silt bed crash...he has a dry sense of humour..... that story is here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=666961

This ride's group is a tight bunch of guys who get along quite well....

I did not take that horse pic, but for a few days when we were mostly riding on Navajo land, we would frequently come across small herds of horses. They would invariably take off at a fast pace....sometimes parallel to us and sometimes in all sorts of directions....one time south of Cameron, AZ. a few followed up the trail towards us. I personally think they were playing, curious, and just plain showing off with their cavorting.

BUT, there is no doubt that their air of freedom and majestic grace moved all of us in some meaningful way.

"A cowboy doesn't cry....he just gets dust in his eye.....".

I think a few of us had a spec or two of dust blowing into our goggles when seeing the horses in this way.

That pic was likely taken somewhere southwest of Page, AZ. on the eastern side of the GC.


Ulterior Motive #4....

Develop a motorcycle trip with a group of friends, take a risk of allowing an outsider in, and just see how a guy's heart can open up....with experiences such as these horses....

"Spirituality is our sense of connectedness to other..."

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Old 05-24-2012, 07:06 PM   #95
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I took that picture while riding on day 6 northwest of Cameron. It was one of those point the camera towards the target and start pushing buttons.

Like Ged mentioned, we had been seeing a lot of horses in the area. I live in Nevada and we have plenty of mustangs and horses, but they are much different. Most NV horses (near population centers) are so acclimated to people that it is hard to get them off the trail. The horses we saw doing this trip were much more excited to see us, so they put on a much better show. Can't say they appeared to be very good at escaping though, most times they ended up running parallel with the trail. Just after i took this picture they cut across and I stopped, Bobby kept going with the GoPro rolling and got some good video. I thought he was going to jump off the bike onto the horse and ride the bitch out...but he pussed out.

The color in that picture is not that good. The desert was very green and the overcast ski seemed to accentuate it. It was a very memorable day of riding for me...the fresh smell of rain in the desert, dodging horses and thunderstorms, and getting our first views of the canyon.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:06 PM   #96
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I think the dynamic of the group was great. Age's ranged across the board, everyone seems to have gotten along like a family or a bunch of ball bustin brothers. Can't ask for much more
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:55 PM   #97
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that photo of those horses, just makes my skin tingle! very cool! I count 8 in that group? Keep it up boys, very nice RR!
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:05 PM   #98
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The color in that picture is not that good. The desert was very green and the overcast ski seemed to accentuate it. It was a very memorable day of riding for me...the fresh smell of rain in the desert, dodging horses and thunderstorms, and getting our first views of the canyon.
A quick touch up with Photoshop would really bring out the best in it.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:44 PM   #99
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"So this band of brothers unsaddled and watered their horses.....one cowboy had to attend to a stubborn mare...."

We had made it to the east side of Zion Park around 4:00 ish....the site we ended up with was WAY better than parked beside some behemoth motorhome with screaming kids, adults wishing they were doing what we were doing, and the rest of the excess displayed by such souls...

We unsaddled our mounts and set up camp...






We were situated beside a fancy vertical stream that provided cool fresh spring water from which we could replenish our canteens and freshen up...



Travis Two scavenged firewood...



and he stood back and thoroughly enjoyed the fruits of his labour...





Comfort for some was shelter from the storm...with their mount close by, nibbling on tender shoots of cool grass...



While others found comfort in starting to do a major fuel and electrical system rebuild....perhaps just to show off his vast knowledge of the 690's internal workings...

BobZ and Kevin set to the task (these two cowpokes are key contributors to the 690 thread on all things that ail this beast...so I got to learn a bunch of things.....that I will let mechanics attend to when needed, as I am a bit of a Luddite)...

(Smugmug is presently having a conniption fit so you will have to wait until their seizures settle down...)
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:02 AM   #100
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Nice pics

Awesome pics, I am heading down that way next month... looking even more forward to it now!
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:15 AM   #101
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(Smugmug just took a Valium and is ready to go again....)

BobZ began Rebuild #1....with some expert help...



But the foreigner had little to offer, and he stepped aside to let the cognizante move in...beers in hand, hands in pockets, and unsolicited opinions flying around like bats after mosquitoes..



Little would we know that the unassuming guy would not only demonstrate the superior (yet to be appreciated) Kermit, he would begin to almost sound like he had a few insights....although Kevin seemed skeptical...



Some guys migrated to the workbench so as to look busy and appear to be helpful...



the pros threw ideas back and forth as if they were at Wimbledon ..



I peered into the labyrinth ...with a lot of "Je ne sais quoi" (loosely translated for you FF's as "WTF?")



Fuel pump? Injector? Loose wires???

Travis One thought all he needed was a bigger hammer....(who the F carries a plastic hammer on a desert ride???)



But at least he entertained the Trail Bosses...




After some time they did stuff that the guys will describe later when they add to the events....

In the meantime, thoughts moved towards food, beer, and a fire....oh....and chairs...

Bob sewed the 690 up, Travis Two's suggestions bore fruit (so he grabbed the 690 for several test runs....just cuz he wanted to get off his Kermit-like 950), and it seemed the bike had been healed....

BobZ was happy again...

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Old 05-25-2012, 10:48 AM   #102
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While others found comfort in starting to do a major fuel and electrical system rebuild...
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On the road, in camp................
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Old 05-25-2012, 11:00 AM   #103
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For me day 2 is usually the start of the trip. It always feels different and usually goes better than day 1. My real life is far away and my new job is to keep the triangle near the yellow line, make sure I have enough fuel and water to get to the next square, enjoy the scenery and ride fast...but not at the same time. We stop when we see cool shit, we camp when it gets dark. I do not turn on my phone and do not worry about what I forgot to bring on the trip.

Out of Bar10 was some pretty fast county roads and we made good time up to Fredonia (just south of Kanab) where we ate...The "Cowboy Butte Diner"...Dave's ears perked right up as he reiterated "Cowboy's Butt?" You could hear the desperation in his voice. "No, Dave. Butte. Like a big hill with steep edges." The disapointment was clear.

After lunch we burned highway towards Colorado City, then north to Zion. The pink dunes state park was on the north side of the highway as we headed out of Fredonia...I decided to skip it as i approached the turn off. The tracks were google earth fabricated and a couple sections of them were pretty sketchy if they actually existed. It was also hot as hell so I knew the group would probably appreciate getting to higher elevation.

Zion National Park was awesome, free National Park week was a bonus...the town at the bottom was packed and there were pirates everywhere, competing for scraps of attention from the tourist. We didnt stop. We actually couldnt stop because this is around the time when Tiner was overflowing fuel.

As soon as Bobzilla hits the tunnel his bike dies. Completely dies in pitch black tunnel. NOT GOOD. He jumps off and pushes it back out into the light. Hits the starter and it lights off. He makes it through the tunnel but now the bike is running poorly, not holding idle well. We hit the first thing out of the park, and couldnt have been more lucky. Pizza, decent local talent, campsite across the street, beer 13 miles away. After goldie lox picks her campsite, Herc and I make the beer run. Bobz opens up the bike.
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What a great group to ride with....while I walk in circles and wonder what is next , some guys redesign the flaws overlooked by a large team of KTM engineers , other guys go logging the underbrush for combustible materials for a campfire , but the heroes ride off to find beer and pizza .
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:36 PM   #105
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