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Old 08-10-2012, 11:50 AM   #5296
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A quick tire check

should I shave off some knobs???? Hmmm....





I thought he was just making up rules, but he's actually correct about the bi-directional requirement for a speed trial.

The hot-rodder's second run:



Dave had done 87.6mph on the way back.

His second run upwind:



and then mine.



Good, clean fun!

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Old 08-10-2012, 11:58 AM   #5297
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The preliminary results:



My downwind run:





I DID run out of room!

And the final results...
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:31 PM   #5298
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Very cool !
New tires and a good bike hose down in your future's Doc ?
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:32 PM   #5299
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Very cool !
New tires and a good bike hose down in your future's Doc ?
Isn't that what water crossings are for?
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:09 PM   #5300
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Isn't that what water crossings are for?
indeed they are! lol

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Old 08-10-2012, 03:53 PM   #5301
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My take on the big race

So I was a little hesitant on the first run...didn't take much ribbing to get me to relax and get down on the tank.
Thanks Doc & LDF, that was truly one of the highlights for me.

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Old 08-10-2012, 04:10 PM   #5302
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[QUOTE=AlbertaStrom;19331149]So I was a little hesitant on the first run...didn't take much ribbing to get me to relax and get down on the tank.
Thanks Doc & LDF, that was truly one of the highlights for me.

Do you think removing ALL your gear and getting in the prone position, you could have gotten to 90?
Nice to be able to take a little extra time and enjoy the sights.
Makes for a nice ride report, thanks to the three of you!
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:19 PM   #5303
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Do you think removing ALL your gear and getting in the prone position, you could have gotten to 90?
I have a pretty pointy head so I'm quite aerodynamic. I think my mirrors killed 0.3mph for me
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:16 AM   #5304
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Parting shot

I'm still calling it a tie.



It was a really, really fun place. I'd have to put it on my top 10 Mobius list, and would recommend it to anyone who can bring an internal combustion engine connected to any number of wheels. When you're out there it's fast and it's not fast -- If you look at the ground wizzing by, and feel the wind blowing back your head you can get a sense of your speed (I know 80+mph isn't that fast, I've gone faster, duh), but when you look at the horizon, it's like you aren't even moving, more like floating.

The other thing I found interesting was how long it takes to get to top speed. You reach 99% of your top speed within 15 seconds, but to squeeze out the last 0.1mph takes forever -- the speedo just creeps.

Fun, fun, fun. And on the Utah side of the border... who'd a thunk?

We topped up fuel on our way out, and made our way over Leppy pass, and looked down across Pilot Creek Valley, with Pilot Peak (10,614ft) in the distance.



The larger, longer road skirted around the valley to the West (left). The shortcut we wanted to take said "Road impassable when wet" in the atlas. When the world gives you a drought, make lemonade! We took the shortcut.

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Old 08-11-2012, 09:24 AM   #5305
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Down at the bottom

there was an area labeled "Sand dunes" in the atlas. I had visions of Dakar, but it turned out to be these squat little guys.



and the hardpack two-track road passes straight through.



There were some soft spots, but nothing terrible.



We had to take a little detour to get to the main road,



and then it was smooth sailing to Lucin.
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More tourist sights

along the way,





we took a rest stop,



We were circumnavigating the Great Salt Desert clockwise. Heading north, it was on our right to the East.



To break up the long, straight monotony, I'd planned our route to dive into the mountains to the north,



and go up and over Emigrant pass before heading East and hooking up with the old Transcontinental railroad bed trail.

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Old 08-11-2012, 09:46 AM   #5307
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Lucin

We'd heard of Lucin from this article in the NYTimes, which featured photos of Ivo Zdarsky's Ultimate Man Cave.





Needless to say, we didn't stay long. Just enough to defleece, and take some pitchers of the signs.



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Old 08-11-2012, 09:52 AM   #5308
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We realized that

we could take the railroad grade from here to the Emigrant Pass road and wouldn't have to ride pavement,





Unfortunately, we'd been seen.



I don't think LDF and Ranson realized how close they were to being shot full of holes.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:11 AM   #5309
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The railroad grade

was cool, though flat,



They'd diverted the trail around these decommissioned little trestle bridges, and if you weren't paying attention, they'd take you by surprise.



Emigrant pass was pleasant,



not too challenging, and had the added benefit of getting us up off the valley floor.



On the backside, we passed some neat rock formations,



that were reminiscent of the City of Rocks,



This was the...

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Old 08-11-2012, 10:15 AM   #5310
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From here,

we had a feeling of deja vu.



I know I'd seen these little sad saplings somewhere...



Sure enough, our old friend Ruby,



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