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Old 01-28-2014, 01:51 PM   #16
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I see you got yourself a stunner of a screen saver for when you get home


Really nice.


Thanks for the report. Every since I got rained/chased out of southern utah area this past Sept, it has been a constant on my mind. I gotta get my butt out there.

I'm looking forward to the rest of your report.
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Old 01-28-2014, 03:14 PM   #17
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Some of the best photos I have ever seen on a ride report. Nice going.
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Old 01-28-2014, 04:12 PM   #18
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Awesome!

Thank you for doing your report, Three of us from the Midwest are heading to that area in late May, Looking forward to the remainder of your adventure!
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Old 01-28-2014, 04:29 PM   #19
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Dual Sport Meandering in Colorado and Utah

ahhh! we were right behind you on the way to Green River, unfortunately, we're dumber. diggin' the RR!
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:03 AM   #20
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Holy shit DUMBER is not correct..........ha ha MORON is closer to it!!!!!

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Old 01-29-2014, 04:23 AM   #21
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Beautiful Country

Beautiful photography! Solo rides can be kinda spooky re broken bikes and such! Thanks for the report.
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:17 AM   #22
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Outstanding photo's !!



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Old 01-29-2014, 11:03 AM   #23
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Shelf Road

I have enjoyed the ride/drive from Canon City to Cripple Creek on Shelf Road...especially back in the days when Cripple Creek was a one horse town, and the Casinos and Conda were in the distant future.....

Subscribed....excellent photography
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:42 PM   #24
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Cathedral valley

Cathedral Valley

The Cathedral Valley route is a 55 mile loop through Capitol Reef NP and surrounding BLM land. The 4WD Trails Guidebook gave it a 10/10 rating for scenery and 2/10 for difficulty. The start of the trail involves a fording of the Fremont River, which I wanted to avoid in the present conditions. According to other sources it is possible to enter via Caineville wash road and then cut across to avoid the river ford. I managed to find a shortcut across within a few hundred yards of hwy 24. These pics were taken on the shortcut before reaching the main route:














































I had to dodge a few flooded sections and the low-lying approach to the Bentonite Hills had my rear wheel spinning, Once up on the hills the road firmed up quite abit- from here it was fast riding.


































Bike is parked just in front of the "temple":







Heading back south the road deteriorated quite abit. There were frequent wash-outs and flooded sections. One washout was 4 feet deep and ran between two ridges. Not wanted to desecrate a National Park by going cross country, I ended up breaking down the square edges of the washout with my boots. That took awhile. My fear at this point was making it 80% of the way, then having to backtrack! I continued on and was quite relieved when I picked up recent vehicle tracks coming from the other direction. Conditions improved and I eventually made it to hwy 24.

This is an area I would like to return to. The 10/10 scenic rating was well deserved and there were many other roads and trails intersecting the main route. I don’t think you could go wrong exploring in this area!
































To be cont'd...
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:57 PM   #25
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Great report Mike, you definitely have an eye for photography, the images are great. Send me an email or pm, is the 4WD guidebooks you use Charles Wells books or another author?

If you're ever planning another trip back down to the area, I would be happy to split the driving and cost.
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Old 01-29-2014, 02:42 PM   #26
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Beautiful photos Mike!

Do you carry a Spot type device?


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Old 01-29-2014, 03:28 PM   #27
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Amazing pics
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:58 PM   #28
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:50 PM   #29
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The guidebook that I consulted was Peter Masseys Central Utah 4WD Trails. I didn't carry any paper maps this time. I kept camera phone pictures of all my maps, supplemented by the park services PDFs.

I did carry a SPOT device rented from a club member. It's sort of a necessary piece of riding overhead.

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Old 01-31-2014, 07:13 AM   #30
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Nice RR Mike - I sent a link to my gf so she can ogle the lovely photos.

We're planning a Route 66 adventure this year and I'm in the hunt for a pair of CT110's to bring in the back of the truck for day trips.

One down, one to go.

Cheers!

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