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Old 07-17-2013, 02:27 PM   #361
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After swimming I felt like filling my belly with a half pound Merlinator and world famous raspberry shake from Merlin's Drive Inn at south end of Bear Lake.




I was so drowsey during first few miles after eating that I had to sing in my helmet to fight the urge to put my head on the handlebars and take a nap.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:51 AM   #362
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Ogden-Tetons-Ogden July 2013 Day 7 Part 2

Bear Lake , the Caribbean of the Rockies, is a natural lake formed 250,000 years ago by a fault on the eastern side that continues to deepen today. Its turquoise waters are the result of limestone deposits suspended in its waters. Besides the lake, the area is known for its famous raspberries (and the Highline Trail on its western side!)

The lake is truly an amazing jewel and an incredibly refreshing break from the heat.



jakbrand took convincing to get in the water…



...probably afraid of the legendary Bear Lake Monster:



Then gas, lunch break and a shake with world famous and locally grown raspberries:





At the southern end of Bear Lake and already back in Utah, we hit Ant Flat Road all out...



…minding the sheep every now and then. If you think cow's are mentally challenged, you have not ridden by sheep:



With the skies closing in on us, not knowing how bad the rain would be, being late in the day and with the prospect of pavement ahead as we approached Monte Cristo Pass and Pine View Reservoir area, we decided to look for a place to camp and set up our tents quickly, just in the nick of time.



After the rain subsided, the sun came out….



...and shortly thereafter we were treated to a magnificent sunset. jakbrand and I must have taken dozens of pictures each. dwip slept through the whole thing. Of the many advantages of riding with your camping gear and food, despite the additional weight and bulk, are the freedom to simply stop wherever and whenever you want and the beauty of enjoying incredible sunsets and sunrises. Here's the sequence of this particular sunset in the Wasatch Cache NF:















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Old 07-18-2013, 06:32 AM   #363
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Ant Flat

would be our final campsite. Tomorrow, we faced a short liaison back to SLC for moto maintenance and catch a flight back home.




I huddled in my tent during a brief shower thinking about the next trip scheduled for August then soaked in a brilliant sunset.

I'm going to miss Utah.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:06 PM   #364
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I just want to say that these are all really lovely examples of natural-looking HDR. Really nicely done!
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:02 PM   #365
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Ogden-Tetons-Ogden July 2013 Day 8 & 9, over and out

Next morning jakbrand, after talking about the need to buy hot chocolate just about every day but forgetting, finally, finally, remembers the day before, buys it, and gets to surprise all of us by preparing hot chocolate for the crew:



We packed up and parted ways near Pineview with jakbrand wanting to ride some more, so he stayed around, dwip in a hurry to get to the airport to get back to work the following morning and I in a hurry to meet my daughter in Ogden.

Here she is with her ride and dog at the KTM shop where I dropped my bike for full service, new tires, etc.



While jakbrand did moto maintenance all day, I hiked with my daughter and a bunch of twenty somethings to Gardener's Cave, right there, trailhead minutes from my daughter's condo in Ogden! The approach to the mouth of the cave was a little more than I expected…



and so was the scrambling inside. Crazy, especially because I didn't have a light and had to rely on others. The pic below is looking straight down, hence the reason for the ropes...





In the afternoon I cleared the storage unit, left only the essentials for the next trip and shipped what was salvageable home. Here I am the next morning closing things up, before catching the flight back to work…



Overall a great trip!

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Old 07-18-2013, 11:53 PM   #366
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Really incredible riding and report! You all put a ton of effort into making this happen, and thanks for taking us along. What an inspiration, its hard to imagine of any better dual sport riding in the U.S.!
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:24 AM   #367
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OK, excellent, now tell me about the hydration packs you guys have been using...
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:54 PM   #368
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OK, excellent, now tell me about the hydration packs you guys have been using...
I currently use an Osprey Manta 25. I like how easy it is to take the reservoir in and out of the pack to refill and the magnet that holds the mouthpiece to the chest strap. Still not the ideal backpack for adv riding but better than others I have tried over the years. I think jackbrand uses an older version of Camelbak's MULE

In addition, when we are fully loaded, we carry one or two extra liters of water (we like Smartwater 1 liter bottles to do that) and we carry water filters to be as autonomous as we can.
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:03 PM   #369
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Cool! Thanks for the info.!
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:43 PM   #370
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great ride guys.

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i dont rate something 5 stars often but this is getting it.
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i dont rate something 5 stars often but this is getting it.
Totally!
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:42 PM   #372
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SLC to Spokane plan

After playing in Utah for two summers, we leave the state, at least for a while

Next week we're on our way from Salt Lake to Spokane. Idaho should be a blast



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Old 07-29-2013, 09:47 AM   #373
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:39 PM   #375
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SaltWash Aug 2013 Day 1 (part 1)

ejtv, jakbrand and A-rider ride Salt Lake City to Spokane via Idaho…

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Day 0 everyone flew to SLC from their hometowns...

My daughter picked me up at the airport, we went to the storage unit to pick up my gear, then got the moto at the Ogden KTM dealer, ADS Motorsports, had lunch, went to her apartment to freshen up…



then market for supplies, had dinner with some of her friends…



and went to bed…I now have not one but two granddogs…



Next morning, Day 1 proper, three riders met at Jeremiah's in Ogden for breakfast, then some moto maintenance at ADS. They have the good expensive stuff there, so always a challenge to wait on their shop…Great service too:

A-rider's 'berg gets new tires:



jakbrand chats with the crew but keeps his eyes on the one naked:



This is how I add extra bracing to the GiantLoop on my KTM:



Then we headed for the Skyline Trail, prime Utah single track….this writer has done this trial one time on mountain bike, three times on moto's. Never get tired of it. Phenomenal trail. Do it before they close it to motos, just a matter of time.

More maintenance though. Half way through the Skyline my KTM overheats and we realize fan doesn't come on... A-rider tests it and figures out I have a bad thermoswitch. He jerry-rigs the connection so the fan runs full time, at least for now and until we get to Logan to do a better jerry-rig...



We have so many pics on Skyline from prior trips, but I have always missed shots on this particular section of the trail as we approach the saddle before Ben Lomond:







And this other one with Ben Lomond in the background:

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