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Old 04-19-2006, 10:29 PM   #16
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I'm glad that your ride was so much fun! I'll be heading to Moab (from California) in 2 1/2 weeks and may have to do some solo riding on some of the trails. Your story was inspirational! Terrific photos too! And kudos to your supportive, loving wife for suggesting the trip.
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Old 04-20-2006, 07:40 AM   #17
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If you're solo and uhm, cautious, is it better to go clockwise or counter-clockwise? Or does it matter?

White Rim Trail = Wet Dream Trail
I've ridden it both ways but here are a few things I keep in mind:

*Most mountain bikers on multi-day trips ride clockwise ('dunno why).
*Riding the same direction as the mountain bikers means you are always catching them from behind (I like to meet them head-on (counter-clockwise) so passing is forced and quick).
*Riding counterclockwise gets the pavement and long dirt road above the Rim over with first, then its just awesome jeep track the rest of the way.
*There are plenty of blind hills and corners so caution is required some of the time.

If you are somewhat ambitious, ride the Rim both ways in the same day.
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:05 AM   #18
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I rode it on Wednesday April 12.

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Old 04-20-2006, 09:32 AM   #19
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I'll be there in 2 weeks...what was the total mileage? We're a little worried about the range of my buddy's wr450.
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:43 AM   #20
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The White Rim loop itself is 100 miles around.
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Old 04-20-2006, 10:44 AM   #21
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Yes, White Rim point to point is 105. Moab to Moab closer to 140-150. I did 150 but I rode out to the Slickrock after and rode around town looking for my family.
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Old 04-20-2006, 10:55 AM   #22
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*Most mountain bikers on multi-day trips ride clockwise ('dunno why).
Probably so they don't have to ride UP the Shafer switchbacks...
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Old 04-20-2006, 11:04 AM   #23
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Yes, White Rim point to point is 105. Moab to Moab closer to 140-150. I did 150 but I rode out to the Slickrock after and rode around town looking for my family.
So realistically, he would need 140-150 mile range to get back to fuel?
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Old 04-20-2006, 11:13 AM   #24
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great shots

there's nothing like solo riding - I do it all the time only because guys can't get off work. prefer partners but it's still cool. nice weather you had too!
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Old 04-20-2006, 11:25 AM   #25
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So realistically, he would need 140-150 mile range to get back to fuel?
Sounds about right. Remember, you'll use more gas for the the mileage than on an easy cruise... On longer, solo rides I've put a little extra gas in a Sigg fuel bottle and carried it in my Camelbak pack. They're made for white gas and work fine as long as the cap is tight. If range is your concern, an extra quart of go-juice may easy your mind....
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Old 04-20-2006, 11:57 AM   #26
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Nice picture taken
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:01 PM   #27
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I'm really stoked for you Dave. Just a few months of riding and you're all about it. Lets ride to Mikes Sky Ranch in a couple of weeks! DW
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Old 04-21-2006, 09:07 AM   #28
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:40 AM   #29
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wanna ride there......

Although we've been in that area in our car, I've never been close on my bike. This year I wanna do it and reading this makes me yearn to be sure not to miss another year. Thanks for the reminder!

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