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Old 06-07-2012, 10:13 AM   #196
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Wow! I always like to see the area from someone else's perspective. I need to get down there again someday. I really miss it..........

I am pretty sure the intersection you are seeing in this picture is actually where the road going toward Alstrom Point / Romana Mesa cuts off. The intersection to go down Crosby Canyon is way over to the southwest from there and I don't think you would be able to see it......
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Thanks for the orientation.....Kevin and Bob will have a much better sense of the specifics as I was "following". What I do know is the road in that pic is the one from Crosby Canyon /Warm Water Creek T-junction (which we later returned to from another more westerly/northern switchback heading south....returning from Escalante to Page the next day)...

My compass bearings in my head might be 90' off here....
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:15 AM   #197
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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.
How about this? ...I may have overdone it a little bit.


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Old 06-07-2012, 10:32 AM   #198
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Stefer,
That is an improvement....it was an overcast day....thanks for bringing the reds and greens out.

Those horses certainly added a powerful dimension to the feeling of riding the plains....they embodied the spirit we were aspiring to...



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How about this? ...I may have overdone it a little bit.


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Old 06-07-2012, 09:57 PM   #199
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Bob was towing Kevin....over dozens of miles of varied roads....they were doing a great job and their spirits were better than mine would have been in such circumstances . These guys can roll with the punches

We decided on a spot north of the picturesque canyon....it was backed by some slickrock cliffs, flat sandy areas for the tent, and it seemed like another primo find for the tents and a fire...folks had camped there before and it seemed to not too far off the beaten track...







I found a spot for my tent in front of the handy alcove shelves:



While the others weren't so picky:







Most of the guys were scrambling on the sandstone slickrock behind the campsite...







"I'll jump if you want me to!!!", said Dr. Dave:


















Bob was doing a plant study (in a previous life he was a conservation officer...)...

Lupine:


What I thought was Indian Paint Brush:




Some kind of grass:


The "grass" looks more like some kind of Yucca now that I see the flower:




Shrubs ( ):


Cacti....with a blush of pink:


I dunno:


The material used for stock KTM 690 seat:



I was off gathering firewood...scrounging dead branches...



I used my belt to bundle my collection:



...and missed the surprises on the slickrock:



The guys were stoked....walking in the footprints of dinosaurs.... ...







Dr. Dave being a dinosaur:



http://bobzilla.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/giantloopgrandcanyon2012/22765589_355C9X#!i=1853333479&k=2DhFCDB&lb=1&s=A





And as the guys returned to camp from their time traveling with big lizards, they found some firewood....




And then found a tree trunk that four of them could barely lift to drop over the edge near the firepit (I think that's Bobby waving "Hello"....a nice guy always wanting to acknowledge others ):









This thing easily weighed a couple of hundred pounds as it was incredibly dense wood. We did NOT burn it, as Bobby recognized it as a functional piece of natural art.

I finally had THE camp chair SUPREME....




Random pics of that place....



























Dr. Dave finally having his 15 seconds of fame:
http://bobzilla.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/giantloopgrandcanyon2012/22765589_355C9X#!i=1853338978&k=3s5rvP9&lb=1&s=A

The evening was settling in. We had firewood, Everclear, herbal remedies (for sore muscles, eh!), and Power Bars.

What else could some cowboys on the range want?














Especially a Great Chair...









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Old 06-08-2012, 01:51 AM   #200
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Erosion... Makes for some great photos.

Thanks for the report guys.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:53 PM   #201
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How about this? ...I may have overdone it a little bit.
That is more like I remember, thanks.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:59 PM   #202
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:23 PM   #203
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DAY SIX:

After a windy and dusty night, we packed up and headed for civilization.



And ended up in the town of Escalante. Breakfast and calls for a U-Haul....to be miles away
We were set upon by an older biker with a ratty ponytail and a penchant for continuing to offer his services...as he was the local "guy"....or so he presented himself.

"Wiggle the green wire under the throttle body...", was one of his gems....He finally left us alone after the fourth or fifth try...

The waitress from breakfast told us to stay clear of the guy as he was a bit of a hustler....or so she said
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:17 PM   #204
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"It has one of those wires coming out of the radiator, right? That is the problem."

That was my favorite from the local guru, the self proclaimed Desert Doctor (reminiscent of Dr. Dave aka Desert Dave).
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:57 PM   #205
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Our ride into Escalante was to the point. The day was overcast and there were hints of rain...











Makin' time...



VIDEO: http://bobzilla.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/giantloopgrandcanyon2012/22765589_355C9X#!i=1853339881&k=rxf5Dps&lb=1&s=A


Travis was going to ride somewhere west of Escalante to pick up a truck, and it was an adventure in itself for him....detours, snow, dead-ends, missed longjohns. The video of his story is epic....but due to language, I won't post it...but will sell copies for $25 each.
Bob sat with his bike at the filling station all day...his adventure was taking another turn...

The rest of us bid our fare wells and headed back to Page in a route westward and parallel pretty much to the route we came in on...a fast ride with some spitting rain into the canyons and switchbacks again...past Crosby Canyon and into Page where we got our first motel of the trip...
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:39 AM   #206
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There is a video of my story??
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:30 AM   #207
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Travis,
Yep....when we were sitting around drinking beer and eating pizza at the motel in Kingman, I asked you to tell the story ....and got it on my camera....I think it is on Bob's pic account...I will give you guys the link later today...

It's an epic story
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Old 06-09-2012, 03:09 PM   #208
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oh Ged, thats awesom. i havent watched yet but your right it was an epic tale.

I need to poost but I am lucky to have Herc's two sons and my daughter here. My business's and job are going right now as well . I have much to say and not enough time.......I went ridin in the dez last weekend on my true girlfriend.... the 550 berg is just like NEW except for the plastic

thanks for the report man I knew the motive was a good one
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Old 06-09-2012, 03:09 PM   #209
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Old 06-09-2012, 03:24 PM   #210
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Bob,
Glad to hear you are having good family time

As for the 'Berg....it's nice to wrap your limbs around an old g'friend that won't kick you off halfway through your ride

I went out on the 450 last weekend....new Rekluse...."It's the Cat's Ass !!!", as my Dad would say.

Point and steer, remember the brakes, and just GO.....with the trials tire (Pirelli MT43) and Rekluse, I am sure I could tractor up anything with NO wheelspin....

Back on the 690 GPSing tracks every weekend, too.

Oh...and every evening writing Ride Report...

Ulterior Motive #6: Keep Ged busy posting RR so he can't ride as much....
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