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Old 05-08-2014, 07:20 PM   #1141
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Dang I just left and won't be back till 5-18-14. Let me know when the next ride is and I'll PM you when I get back in town. I just keep missing these rides and get togethers.

Street or dirt is great for me...........
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Old 05-08-2014, 08:34 PM   #1142
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Bummer, I'd love to go but won't roll into town until later tomorrow.

Another 6 weeks and I'll be a full timer down there!
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:13 AM   #1143
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:57 PM   #1144
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I sure woulda liked to make it today, but just got home after wondering around the west with Mrs. Samthg.

Hope it well for everyone. I'll be waiting for that report.

For those of you who hope to, but haven't, RRR is a terrific dude to hang with and a great guide!
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Old 05-09-2014, 10:31 PM   #1145
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Breakfast Ride: Starvation Point & Joshua Tree Scenic Backway

Good fortune to have four inmates and a few spouses join for breakfast. Nice.

Let's just say that inmates tend to marry up, in some cases, way up . . . and leave it at that.

After the festivities wound down we got organized and headed out to find some dirt. Our destination is Starvation Point. South of Bloomington, up high, between the Virgin River and I-15. Right on the UT-AZ Border.

Found some dirt to go from SunRiver south to Black Rock Road exit on I-15, then up. Some rough, loose bits, and very good scenery. I think I may have washed out the front end on my TW at a stop . . . DJ's GoPro wasn't on so it didn't happen. Also, StG was too busy balancing on his new (to him) orange beast with 38 in seat height, and ElleDubs was already up at the overlook having a snack.

Ok . . . enough of the storytelling. Here are a few pics:

The view from Starvation Point looking down on I-15 in the Virgin River Gorge. One lane of the bridge is under construction. This is the first river crossing as you travel south on I-15 in the gorge.




Our riders up on top. ElleDubs, DirtyJohnny, and StG. We enjoy the view and BS about the standard topics . . . motos, river rafting, more motos, ironman, "illegal" river rafting, and more motos. Perfect.




Bikes. I don't want to make everyone jealous so I park my TW just out of view. That newish KTM in front is StG's recently acquired beast. He picked it up after his recent trip to Moab. Hopefully StG will still ride with me on his "little" blue thumper. StG's KTM has something like 200 miles and was garage kept by the original owner. StG owes that guy holiday cards for the next 10 years.

DirtyJohnny has the KTM monster in the #2 position. The right bike for the right guy. DJ is at home on all the rocky, twisty bits. On the asphalt . . . I noticed the front wheel spending some quality time up in the air.

At least ElleDubs is loyal to blue. She has the YamiXT225 overshadowed by the two orange beasts. Glad you made it ElleDubs. You rock . . . especially with the not-so-perfect ribs. My wife says "hi" again. You X-fitters that aren't totally obsessed have to keep the others sane. Take it easy with all the box jumps and shin bashing type stuff.




Three good riding partners. Fortunately, StG and DJ still had their helmets on . . . so this is my favorite pic of the day.




Checking out the seat height on StG's new ride. ElleDubs is offering some options.




DJ on his beast is thinking . . . "Hey, when you are riding, you feet aren't supposed to touch the ground." What's the big deal? Tall seat = good suspension and ground clearance = fun bumps and ledges. Let's ride!!!

Mrs. RedRockRider says, "DJ is a handsome guy (even with helmet head)" and "especially for an 'imaginary' friend." It could have been much, much worse.




We work our way back down to the Black Rock Road exit area. It's early afternoon now. ElleDubs actually has to be responsible so she rides back into town. Bye, ElleDubs. See you next time.

We boys spend a few minutes looking at an abandoned building that DJ "thinks" he discovered. I'm sure the pics are coming. Then we rally back to Bloomington and head out on dirt towards the Bloomington Cave.

Preview from a prior ride:




Back to our ride . . . Team Orange enjoying the scenery out on the Bloomington Cave Road.




Up on top near the old Apex Mine. We do a little hill climb and enjoy the view. More BS about motos.




Selfie. Helmets on.




More cruising dirt along the Joshua Tree Scenic Backway out to Old Highway 91 and back in to town. Road is very pleasant right now with touches of green (springtime in the desert). Very worthwhile if you are looking for a short, easily accessed ride from St. George.


Just found this map in the "archives" from a few years ago. Shows a big portion of our ride today. Hollow Wash Road is the Bloomington Cave Road. White Hills are very scenic and good views as you travel north towards Old 91. Starvation Point is at the very bottom of this map. Much rougher. Big views of the Virgin River Gorge.



There was more food and beverage back in St. George. Thanks, StG. All wrapped up by late afternoon. Great riding with you guys and ElleDubs. 'Till next time.
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Old 05-10-2014, 06:57 AM   #1146
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Hello Friends,

You guys had a fantastic time and awesome pictures, as usual. I know SamThg and I wish we were there.

StG--congrats on the new bike. (Maybe, now you can keep up with me).

Keep up the fun,

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Old 05-10-2014, 07:28 AM   #1147
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Congratulations on the news bike StG, now that you have experienced orange, you will never go back.
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:10 AM   #1148
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I know SamThg and I wish we were there.


Soon my friend, soon.

Anybody bringing golf clubs???
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:55 AM   #1149
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Passed thru St. George

Red Rock Rider,

Me and Dingweeds were thinking of you and hoped to chat with you.

We rode from Dingweeds ranch in Eastern Utah to St. George to meet the Mobius riders (Dr. Rock and Francine)----and rode with them for several days back to the ranch.

I had hoped we'd get there early with some time to kill as we watched their progress from Death Valley East on their spot tracker page-----and could chat with you.

But we got to our meeting point just 2 hours early and rode on with them.

We headed North out of St. George on Old Dump Rd----then up into the Red Cliffs--thru a lot of ranch gates---then went on East. I'm sure you are all to familiar with that dirt road.

But I was thinking of you the whole time we were in the area.

Our favorite part of the whole ride was riding a 158 mile loop from Hanksville---south to poison springs wash road---then East crossing the sometimes uncrossable dirty devil river --then on East --then North up the switchbacks onto Hans Flat road and to our camp just Southwest of Green river. I'm sure you've ridden that---but we were all estatic about that ride.
The loop was 158 miles---but my KTM only had 153 miles of gas

I've ridden in Utah a whole lot---and that was my most fun and scenic day ever.

Thanks for all your stuff !!!
A big shout out to you from BigDog and Dingweeds at the 3-Step Hideaway !!!
Please get over to his adventure ranch someday--now that you are retired it will be easy for you.
He has cabins---rustic cabins----tee pees---and unlimited camping------------breakfast and dinner.
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Old 05-10-2014, 05:53 PM   #1150
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RRR - fun ride. Thanks much for organizing.

DirtyJohnny, and StG - nice to ride with you 2. Hopefully more of that in our futures.
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:07 PM   #1151
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[Q. We enjoy the view and BS about the standard topics . . . motos, river rafting, more motos, ironman, "illegal" river rafting, and more motos. Perfect.


Would be interested to hear a little more discussion about the two types of river rafting. A trip to your country with riding the roads and kayaking the water and rivers would be a great adventure.
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Old 05-11-2014, 11:58 AM   #1152
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RRR, StG, ElleDubs, Great Ride!

MaNDan, Come on out for an inmate ride! There are a few very remote caves here in SW UT that we could hide in and discuss the type of river running that you have mentioned. We have info that that FBI may be watching us.

RRR, Thank You for putting these rides together.
Breakfast was a nice addition. Nice to meet Mrs. RRR.

Went out Saturday on my usual Santa Clara 950 loop. Was able to cross the Virgin River and continue South. Approx. 2 miles from crossing to I-15. Came out about 1/4 mile East of the Arizona Border sign on I-15. Two track that is actually a single track in spots due to wash outs. Not to tough of a trail. Worth exploring.

Be back as soon as possible.

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Old 05-11-2014, 04:01 PM   #1153
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We will be this area next Sun, Mon, Tues on our annual spring trip - if we don't have any problems on the way out there.

On Sunday we will be riding from Cedar City to Alamo via Harmony mountains, Enterprise, Mt Ella, Pennsylvania Canyon, Delamar Mine and Delamar dry lake bed.

Monday - Alamo to Mesquite via assorted dirt roads whose names do not come to mind right now.

Tuesday - Mesquite to Kanab via Elbow Canyon, Nutter Twists, Mt Trumbull, Toroweap, Colorado City, Coral Dunes.

This is the reverse of the trip we did last year with quite a bit of new stuff.

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Old 05-11-2014, 10:27 PM   #1154
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Near Bloomington Cave Road

A few pics from a ride yesterday evening on and near the Bloomington Cave Road. This is close to where I was with StG and DirtyJohnny the day before.

Down low near the start of the Bloomington Cave Road.




Some nice waterfront property, complete with dried cow footprints.




Profile of the WRR with the White Hills in the background. Excellent late afternoon light.




Head up high, near the intersection with the Joshua Tree Scenic Backway. Storm clouds are approaching, but waiting for the sun to reappear.




Bingo! Good light, up high on a smaller side road. Pine Valley Mountain in distance.




Slightly different angle. Worth a second look.




The scene with no bike.




Working back towards the "main" dirt roads. Then back home before the storm. Thanks riding along.

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Old 05-15-2014, 03:46 PM   #1155
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Anyone want to go for a dual sport ride on Saturday? I'm thinking out to Cougar Pass or maybe Yellow Horse flat. Or maybe we can go find summer camp. I'd have to dig up a GPS file to find that place again in the maze of roads out there. Day trip with a lunch stop but not anything epic. My ribs are healing nicely :-)

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