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Old 09-29-2013, 12:07 AM   #76
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Good stuff Mark. Thanks!
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:43 AM   #77
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:14 PM   #78
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Great rr as usual Mark - absolutely stunning photography -- can't dream of getting off work long enough to do a out west but hope to do a 2 day or something around home here sometime -- man we liked your katy trail rr - Me and the little Woman are going to do a day or 2 ride over there soon - bet it will be beautiful this fall!!! might take the grandkids.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:13 AM   #79
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Great RR so far.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:48 AM   #80
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Day 1 Cont'd

Reaching Valley of the Gods... it was awesome!



The weather was perfect.. and we were having a blast.. easy riding but wonderful views...





It don't matter how many times you see photos from the same awesome places.. they are always good!



We powered up the Moki Dugway.. headed to Muley Point..







We found the most perfect camp spot in the whole entire world.. right here.. not another person around! After setting up camp we had a nice hot meal and shared stories until it was time to call it a day!





This was a typical sight at camp... seems BigDog and Dingweed were setup and ready to eat before Bud & I.. but I think they've had some practice! They were a well oiled machine, partners in everything they did.. I don't know how they live apart really... It's a huge blessing to find a riding buddy you can get so close to and enjoy ever second of the day with no matter the situation. I bet if they both followed each other off a cliff they'd be "Wahooooo"'n all the way down! hahaha!



Lot's of stories..and laughter that night..



BigDog or Dingweed always had hot water ready for me..





The views were endless..



but it was time to close our eyes.. and look forward to tomorrow.

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Old 09-30-2013, 10:19 AM   #81
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Awesome pics, looks like this ride needs to make it on my to-do list.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:44 AM   #82
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On to Day 2

Day 2 September 2nd
From our camp at Muley Point to "Dingweeds Adventure Camp"



Sorry----I went riding the KTMEXC over in Missouri for a bit---but I'm back and I think the other riders are caught up on Day 1.




We broke camp in the morning---our bikes had been parked way above our tents--our tents are beyond the
bikes down a hill to the edge of the high mesa. The wind had picked up a bit that morning and I almost lost my tent over the edge.
It would have just been------------gone !!!





We continued North on the pavement a bit and turned Southeast on Snow Flats road----a road I last was on when me and GasPipe rode our 950's thru there. Hi GasPipe
It was awesome and provided a lot of varied terrain.










We hit lots and lots and lots of this on this ride.








And we all got a little "Wonky" in that stuff.
Navajo translation for "Wonky"--------------------"Oh Shit"













Our route on the UTBDR took us North on Butler Wash road.















The terrain and scenery constantly changing------sometimes very abruptly.










Not your typical Utah looking terrain.









More Day 2 in a bit.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:57 AM   #83
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More Day 2

I was wearing a FLY helmet, and KLIM Badlands pro suit on this ride. With a KLIM NacPak on my back.




Bill Asher (Bash3r) had never ridden in Utah and was estatic.









Somewhere out on the Indian reservation I had picked up this feather------------after getting home it's still riding there.





Today we veered off the designated UTBDR to visit "Dingweeds Adventure Ranch"

I wasn't sure how much to say about this place---but Dingweeds has told---he is trying to by this place--and it's kind of in Limbo---but he's been using the place while the wheels of legalities slowly turn.
We had to skip Lockhart Basin to do this----but I was certainly OK with that as I had ridden that back in 2002 I think.
And we were treated like Kings at the ranch.





There's is no cell service here---no TV service---no electricity---no water---no visible power lines anywhere
and lots of varmits running around. Rattlesnakes, coyotes, elk, deer, ---all kind of critters.

80 acres of get away from it all bliss---and it is right on the Trans America Trail.






This place is off the grid -------but actually does have water from a well.





Really neat bath house---it has a seperate mens and womens bathroom with a wood fired hot tub in the middle.
It was a bit warm that night---and most of us slept outside on the deck of the bath house----there were no bugs and
the night sky was awesome.





There are several canvas walled cabins for your sleeping pleasure.





And if the shower house is too fancy for you----out back is a gravity fed shower.
This is actually what the workers used while building this place.





Well-------I kind of fibbed about the electricity---the whole place has 110 volt power---but it comes from a bank of batteries charged
by this solar panel. I couldn't believe just these 2 panels powered everything.
This also powers a well pump to provide water to the whole place.






A fridge---freezer, microwave and clothes washer were no problem for the electric system.
Rick---the fellow with the handlebar mustache cooked our dinner and it was awesome.
Big steaks and a salad.






Don't tell my wife I can wash dishes.






Every room at the ranch had propane heat-------and a woodstove.
The gun I'm holding is available at www.bugasalt.com I think.
It shoots salt as buckshot---and is a very effective fly killer. I had a lot of fun with that thing and bought my son one for his birthday after the trip.





One unhappy fly--------there were many.
I was an easy man to track-----left dead bodies wherever I went (Josey Wales)





A rough map of our route for the day-----about 139 miles I think.

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Old 09-30-2013, 12:06 PM   #84
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Paladin Paladin where do you rome ????

I have a video---but please read how this came about first.
And yes--------I am fully aware I "CAN'T" sing.

This actually took place when I came back to the ranch after the ride.

But------there was an old 4-wheel drive Ford Pickup truck in the barn----hadn't been started in years.

Dead Battery of course---we were just fiddling around and put the battery out of Dingweeds wife's car in the truck-----and it started right up---amazing-----big 460 V-8. And the brakes even worked.

Dingweeds backed it out of the barn---and I remembered a couple cowboy hats in the Cantina-----we put them on and took off across the dirt road thru the ranch-----I was fishing in the glove box-----don't know why---but pulled out a cassette tape-------it said "old cowboy songs"

I put it in the tape player and here is what happened.

Don't have anything in your mouth while watching it-------it will come out your nose.

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Old 09-30-2013, 12:13 PM   #85
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Hi Mark,Great RR as usual. But I noticed your camp chair has grown 2 new legs ! What's with that ?
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:48 PM   #86
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Another fine BigDog ride report!

Mark,

Great ride report! Please tell me that you ARE going to make a DVD of this one, 'cause I want it.

And Scott, if you get the "Adventure Ranch" up and runnin' by Spring, I will be one of your first customers. I have ridden a lot of that area, but always want to do more.

After the fires and floods here in Colorado, a Springtime trip to Utah is already in the works.

Keep it comin' boys!

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Old 09-30-2013, 04:11 PM   #87
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Mark,

I have to go back and read the report from the beginning now that I watched the video. what a hoot!


I would like to be invited on one of these trips some day.
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:22 PM   #88
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Hi Mark,Great RR as usual. But I noticed your camp chair has grown 2 new legs ! What's with that ?
Yeh------I finally let loose of a little of my social security money and bought 2 more legs

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Mark,

Great ride report! Please tell me that you ARE going to make a DVD of this one, 'cause I want it.

And Scott, if you get the "Adventure Ranch" up and runnin' by Spring, I will be one of your first customers. I have ridden a lot of that area, but always want to do more.

After the fires and floods here in Colorado, a Springtime trip to Utah is already in the works.

Keep it comin' boys!

Taz9

I hope to get a video-----might be a winter project---but I'll post it up if and when I get it done. I've certainly got lots of video to work with.
Bash3r's got a lot I've never seen----I'm hopin' he starts posting some stuff---he had a go pro going a lot.
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I have to go back and read the report from the beginning now that I watched the video. what a hoot!


I would like to be invited on one of these trips some day.
I wish everybody could go --------but schedules make it hard to happen sometimes---------especially when I don't have one.

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Old 09-30-2013, 05:23 PM   #89
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Great R&R pictures! If I hadnt popped a hole in my DRZ case going up black bear i would have continued on with DYNOBOB te630 and Cobrat ktm450 to meet you guys on - Ophir I believe... Ride on!
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:25 PM   #90
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Today we veered off the designated UTBDR to visit "Dingweeds Adventure Ranch"

I wasn't sure how much to say about this place---but Dingweeds has told---he is trying to by this place--and it's kind of in Limbo---but he's been using the place while the wheels of legalities slowly turn.
We had to skip Lockhart Basin to do this----but I was certainly OK with that as I had ridden that back in 2002 I think.
And we were treated like Kings at the ranch.


Oh, that ranch is cool!
Hope it all works out, DingWeed.
It sure sounds perfect, on the TAT and everything!



Hey, BigDog - nice singing, you and DW just need to work out some dance numbers now




Perfect for the Cantina...

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