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Old 10-28-2012, 07:38 PM   #5941
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Moab...

Made it! Sunny and 16c here today, sunny and 22c for the next 4 days forcasted

Had Moab pizza tonight and gearing up for riding tomorrow! Gonna be awesome

Glenwood Canyon near the turn off to Aspen Colorado


Me along the Colorado river about 20kms from Moab


La Sal Mountains along Moab


Riding photos tomorrow...I swear
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:09 PM   #5942
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Moab Day one...

Woke up to an awesome day and the bikes were still in the parking lot Everyone dressed warm...too warm, it warmed up quickly to low 20c and the layers came off once we reached Picture Rock. We took some photos and did a quick loop around the big rock, that's when BackRoader decided to take a nap on the rocks Uprighting his bike, we found that it was fine and BackRoader said he was fine too, so we carried on. We were on Kane Creek Rim Overlook road and the road was quickly becoming a cow trail. I pushed on ahead thru the deep sand and onto some Slick Rock Hills trying to find the route to the overlook. I quickly realized that we were not going to get Mark96's KLR down a rocky hill and back up, so we turned around and headed for another area. The scenery was so spetacular where we were that it didn't matter if we made it or not

BackRoader napping on the rocks


2whlrider on Kane Canyon Rim road


Mark96 on same road


We crossed the highway and went up to an overlook in the hills near La Sal. After that we wound our way down thru Browns Hole road and back around over to hwy 46 where whe again left the road in search of a route thru to hwy 191 that leads back up to Moab. Not long after starting this road, we quickly got into a bad area of wash on a hill. I scoped out further up and the road was non-existant, so we started down. It was almost more than BackRoader and Mark96 could handle, so they ended up walking and pushing their bikes down. After some tense moments we were back on the highway and heading up another road that looped back around to the town of La Sal. At this point, 2whlrider was on reserve and refilling his bike with spare gas and BackRoader was low on gas. We biked up highway 191 back to Moab where BackRoader and 2whlrider headed to the hotel pool and Mark96 and I headed up to Sand Flats road and to Slickrock. At Slickrock we took photos of the old Lions Back jeep climb and then headed to what we at first thought was Baby Lions Back but turned out to be the Start of Hells Revenge. It was a nice climb up and then down. Heading to the Slickrock bike trail, we stumbled on the real Baby's Lion Back. It was much steeper and my bike wanted to wheelie but I managed to keep the front end down and crested the top. Once back down we headed to Slickrock and ran it a bit and then took in the spectacular scenery and the sunny warm weather before heading back to the hotel.

Getting into trouble


Looking down from the starting hill on Hells Revenge


On top Hells Revenge start


Mark96 at the bottom of Babys Lions Back


On top of Baby Lions Back


Awesome first day, can't wait to see what tomorrow holds
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:16 PM   #5943
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Woke up to an awesome day...
Awesome first day, can't wait to see what tomorrow holds
Great pics! Thanks for sharing.

I may be in the neighbourhood in a few days, hoping to leave the 'Peg this week enroute Victoria; drop me a PM as to whereabouts of your hotel. :-)
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:32 AM   #5944
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Good stuff Rob!
I have to do Moab someday. Soon.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:01 PM   #5945
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Moab Day 2...

Another beautiful day, plus 70f and sunny! We headed out this morning with the idea that we would go up the La Sal's to Geyser Pass and then head back down. The ride up was nice and we got lucky, as the road was closed just past where we turned up Geyser Pass road. It was a nice ride up until about 9,300' where snow started to appear on the road. This made things very slippery and tough going. At 10,095' BackRoader, 2whlrider and Mark96 decided to turn around and head back to a nice sunny warm pasture at about 9,700'. I continued on another 5kms to the top of Geyser Pass at 10,510' and then return quickly back down to the waiting group.

BackRoader and 2whlrider on road up La the Sal Mountains


Snow starts to appear as Mark96 pushes on


Geyser Pass


After the attempt at Geyser, we headed back into town, gassed up and headed for Gemini Bridges, which is two arches side by side with only a 6' gap between them. Think you can jump the 6' inbetween them...so did two people that I heard of. One last year, who plunged to their death over a hundred feet onto the rock below. After a few photos there, 2whlrider, BackRoader wanted to see the start of Metal Masher, so I joined them while Mark96 headed out to ride elsewhere. We went a little ways up Metal Masher so they could see what part of it was like and then headed back out to the highway and looped back to the Hotel. 2whlrider and I continued up to Slickrock while BackRoader toured the town.

On the road to Gemini Bridges


2whlrider passing the "Goonie Bird"


2whlrider on top of Gemini Bridges


Start of Metal Masher


Jumping up a little ledge


Going down some rough stuff at the start of Metal Masher


2whlrider and I visited the old Lions Back, Hells Revenge start, Baby Lions Back and Slickrock. I ran Baby Lions Back again and did a short loop on Slickrock. By now it was getting late in the day, so we headed back to the hotel and down to the pool to catch the last sun of the day and bask in the 70f sun

Lappeman on Baby Lions Back


Going down


Playing on Slickrock


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Old 10-30-2012, 05:08 PM   #5946
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Another beautiful day, plus
Great pictures!
So where's the Hotel/Motel???
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:37 PM   #5947
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You guys are definitely not in Northern Ontario anymore. Looks like a great ride Have fun down there and don't break anything or anybody..
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:37 PM   #5948
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Yes - awesome photos and really enticing report. Keep them coming!! :

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Old 10-30-2012, 07:39 PM   #5949
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getting some direction......new here

All sounds like the right excitment.
I'm from the Toronto area, and wondering if you know of the forum that caters to gatherings and trips from this area. Sorry for the bother..but some direction would be appreciated
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:43 PM   #5950
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All sounds like the right excitment.
I'm from the Toronto area, and wondering if you know of the forum that caters to gatherings and trips from this area. Sorry for the bother..but some direction would be appreciated

Try this and enjoy the site http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=106586
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:42 PM   #5951
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Great Pictures!

Thanks Lappeman! Looks like Dave has an advantage with his small CC dirtbike. Do tell how the bikes are performing. Whatever you do, don't try jumping that Gemini Bridge!
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:28 PM   #5952
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Thanks Lappeman! Looks like Dave has an advantage with his small CC dirtbike. Do tell how the bikes are performing. Whatever you do, don't try jumping that Gemini Bridge!
BackRoader's KLX400 and 2whlrider's KLX 250 are doing alright but they are sucking wind at higher elevation, need to change the needle setting. Mark96's KLR is a KLR, it just keeps chuging along. We're trying not to put the KLR thru any real rough stuff. BackRoader is slowing getting used to his new bike and 2whlrider had the 250 on a bit of Metal Masher and did really well. Gas mileage is a bit of an issue for the 250 but he has a 1.25 gal can with him.

Today's report coming up soon.
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:57 PM   #5953
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Moab Day 3...

Another fantastic day, what can I say...Moab is delivering

We started out heading for Onion Creek road off Hwy 128 along the Colorado River. Turning onto the road I decided to run hard and fast thru this amazing Canyon. It was some of the best scenery in the area. Lots of shallow creek crossing and a steady climb up and out. Soon I was running far ahead of the guys and reached Thompson road turnoff before I realized that I missed the Rose Garden trail. I backtracked and headed across to the Rose Garden Hill. I Bounced and weaved my way down into the Canyon and was soon at the Hill. I looked at it and said, no way I'm going up there without anyone with me. It looked extremly rough and steep and that was just the first tenth of the climb. So I headed back up the other hill and up Thompson Canyon Road. I soon caught up with the guys. They were on a break, loosing a layer of clothing as it had warmed up a lot. I decided that I was going to head up Polar Mesa, which was a road off the main road that headed back into an old Uranium mine area. I told the guys I'd catch up with them again. After a fast climb up some switchbacks, I was heading into Mine country. I visited a couple of old sites and ran to the end of the road which contained some nice scenery from the cliff.

Starting off on Onion Creek road


On Onion Creek road


Rose Garden Hill...no go


View of area


Old Moab Mine and Debris





I flew out of the area at high speed expecting to catch up to the guys but never found them...apparently their GPS and map reading skills were lacking a bit, as they ended up across the Colorado State Line I continued on to Castle Valley Road and up to an radio tower at 8950'. It was a nice ride thru some huge Pines. Once back on the main road I headed out to the Highway and back to the hotel. A quick change into summer riding gear and I was heading out to try Poison Spider Mesa. The name sounds soooo cool for a ride that I had to try it. It was rated hard for the jeeps but I had to try it. By this time I was tired from the long days ride, it was getting late in the day and I was alone. So I knew I wouldn't want to get in over my head. Heading up from the parking lot, I was greeted right away with a tough accent. Bouncing and banging my way upwards, I ran thru loose rock, deep sand and steep slickrock. 3.7kms in I met my match for the day. A wall of slickrock steps that continued up around a switchback and on out of sight. End of the Line for me No pushing it in my condition of tired, late and alone! I headed back down all the carnage that I had just went thru to reach this point and finally made it back out to the highway and back to the hotel. Day 3 done! Lots more riding to come

View on Castle Valley road


Poison Spider easy stuff


Lappeman on Poison Spider


Poison Spider Mesa...No way


View from Poison Spider Mesa
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:41 PM   #5954
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BackRoader's KLX400 and 2whlrider's KLX 250 are doing alright but they are sucking wind at higher elevation, need to change the needle setting. Mark96's KLR is a KLR, it just keeps chuging along. We're trying not to put the KLR thru any real rough stuff. BackRoader is slowing getting used to his new bike and 2whlrider had the 250 on a bit of Metal Masher and did really well. Gas mileage is a bit of an issue for the 250 but he has a 1.25 gal can with him.

Today's report coming up soon.
Yep, above 7000ft my 250 really looses power. (What power it has) A bigger gas tank would be handy for this kind of riding. Other than that it's been great on the rough stuff.
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:17 PM   #5955
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I did enjoy your work and efforts. Is that a pipe bomb holder behind the front wheel!!
More seriously, why the tensioner upgrade to the are under the magneto?
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