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Old 12-04-2012, 12:26 PM   #46
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If we start in Rabbit Valley, how will we get back to our vehicles (or will we have to ride there on an additional day)?
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:31 PM   #47
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Great..... Welcome

I would say we will be fine with the snow by May unless it is really, really bad winter.

If so we will bypass the mountains through Blanding.

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On the highest sections of the Beef Basin loop, it's snowed on the the last two times I've been thru. This was the first week of May. I would suggest the high country to Blanding should be skirted.

FYI, I plan on running an MT-43 rear. It is fine even in sand. In the gooey mud, it won't matter - any tire is going to back up.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:34 PM   #48
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I guess I'd better say "IN" officially if there's a 20-ish rider limit....this thing will fill up months beforehand

I'm sure the range won't be an issue, and this ride covers a TON of stuff I've never seen before.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:36 PM   #49
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If we start in Rabbit Valley, how will we get back to our vehicles (or will we have to ride there on an additional day)?
I would suggest Thompson Springs/Bookcliffs instead of riding back into Moab.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:19 PM   #50
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OK watched the videos--should I just take my Jeep

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Here a couple teasers.
Lockhart Basin Trail, this is the start near Chicken Corners.


Riding across the basin.


Another view from the Needles Overlook (if you look close you can see the trail below)


This is a vid riding from Hite Marina north, the trail parallels Cataract Canyon



Here's the switchbacks on the Flint Trail.

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Old 12-04-2012, 03:39 PM   #51
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Yeah...I need a little clarity please. I read where Kokopelli and Elephant Hill were mentioned as the most difficult spots, but I understand that Lockhart is pretty challenging. Would we be riding fully loaded bikes through Lockhart if we want to ride the Kokopelli section?

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Old 12-04-2012, 04:06 PM   #52
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:25 PM   #53
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So regarding the kokopelli section that I talked about doing on Thursday.....In order to do this section I need 6-8 people that can ride the Koko on Thursday into Moab. So far there has not been a lot of interest.


This part of the ride may pose more problems logistically but it would work like this:

For those starting in Rabbit Valley we would need to carry all gear etc into Moab. I could not guarantee a shag vehicle could meet us Thursday Morning at Rabbit Valley to pick stuff up and transfer it to Moab.

My wife can meet us in Moab on Friday AM and if you are staying in a hotel in Blanding she could take a small tent and sleeping bag back to the Swell for the 2nd night.

However, If you are camping off the bike in Ruin park you will still need to carry all your gear for the remainder of the ride.

For those that start in Rabbit Valley the Thompson Trail would be an excellent route back, or you would need to ride a combination of the Koko to get back. Either way this will easily add 4-6 hours on Sunday to get back to Rabbit Valley vs Moab. Something to consider unless you just ride pavement back to Colorado.

If there is enough interest to start in Rabbit Valley I can come up with a few options to get back into Colorado. Again I need 6-8 people to do this early start though.

Clear as mud?!!


Regarding the difficulty of Lockhart Basin....
It is much easier than the Koko or Elephant Hill area. I can only think of 1 "difficult" spot. Mostly it is wide open, maybe some sand (ok maybe a lot of sand) in a few spots.

Hellsickle or Ridefreak can you think of anything in Lockhart Basin that would pose problems compared to Elephant Hill or Koko???
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:30 PM   #54
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On the highest sections of the Beef Basin loop, it's snowed on the the last two times I've been thru. This was the first week of May. I would suggest the high country to Blanding should be skirted.

FYI, I plan on running an MT-43 rear. It is fine even in sand. In the gooey mud, it won't matter - any tire is going to back up.
I will get verification (some how) on the road conditions prior to the ride and we can reroute if need be. I rode it end of April last year and it was bone dry.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:33 PM   #55
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I guess I'd better say "IN" officially if there's a 20-ish rider limit....this thing will fill up months beforehand

I'm sure the range won't be an issue, and this ride covers a TON of stuff I've never seen before.
Welcome Blake

AtomicXer got you down.

Are you guys planning on camping in Ruin Park or a hotel in Blanding on night one?
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Here a couple teasers.
Cool pics and videos Chris! I would rather ride a bike on that any day then drive a jeep
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:10 PM   #57
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How is RideFreak going to lead---every video he posts has him filming behind everyone in the group.......

I'm startin to see a trend developing here. I wanna go!
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:08 PM   #58
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Missed a Moab trip 2yrs ago due to a move. I'm not missing this one. Count me in.

Where do I send the $$$$?

I'm riding a DRZ400 and set up for hauling 3days of gear.

Looking forward to it,

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Old 12-04-2012, 07:16 PM   #59
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IN and PAID. Skipping Kokopelli. Camping out 1st night if others are interested. I'd like to explore the ruins....never been there.

My preference would be to not race through the day's rides and explore and see what we can if there is time....if anyone else is interested in doing that.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:09 PM   #60
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Missed a Moab trip 2yrs ago due to a move. I'm not missing this one. Count me in.

Where do I send the $$$$?

I'm riding a DRZ400 and set up for hauling 3days of gear.

Looking forward to it,

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So you mind hauling some of my gear

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Glad your coming along. Yep camping in ruin park is my plan so I will be with at least one group that will be exploring the indian ruins etc.
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