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Old 05-19-2008, 06:36 AM   #1
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Montreal to Moab

Last winter, Pat (PatdeLery on ADV) and me (stou) decided to make the trip from Montreal to Moab at the begining of 2008. From the research I made, the best time to go to Moab was in April or May. I looked at the vacation possibilities at the office. There was 2 possibilities to get 2 weeks off the office. Mid April or mid May. Pat was really anxious to go to Moab, so we decided to go there in April. A little bit later, Martin (touring31) joined us in this adventure project.


Pat ride a R1150GS Adventure, Martin a KTM 950 Adventure and me, a R1200GS.


I did some research on the weather at Moab and found that in April the weather can go from below 30° at night to more than 80° during the day. Since we planed to do camping, we planned to bring adequate equipment for these temperatures.


We also decided to do the road from Montreal to Denver with the bikes on a trailer. The weather in April can vary a lot from snow and heavy rain and we wanted to do this boring part the fastest way possible. With 3 drivers, it's possible to do Montreal to Denver in around 30 hours non stop. We also needed a place to park the truck and the trailer. I opened a thread on ADV in the « Regional forums > The Rockies » to see if somebody had a place for us.


http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=320614


The replies was amazing. We had many offers and we decided to accept Pete's offer (ORV nick name on ADV). He have a nice place in Golden, CO. where we can park the truck and the trailer.


We also have a friend who did the White Rim last summer. He gave us some interesting info like a nice place to camp in Moab (Slickrock campground), nices places to eat, etc...


On the April 11th, 7h00 AM we start from Montreal, bikes on the trailer.






Here's a map of the road we took. The label Pete, is the place where we parked the truck at Pete's office.




On our way to Colorado, we had rain and snow. I almost lost the control the truck in the middle of the night in Nebraska when we passed on a bridge that was completely frozen. The trailer pushed the truck and he started to do a small jack knife. Fortunately, I didn't used brake and just counter steer it and it got back straight on the road... it was close!










We arrived in Colorado Saturday afternoon. I called Pete to let him know that we will arrive at his place soon. He was already there.






Some pictures at Pete's place. By the way, Pete is a very nice guy. He was very friendly and helpful. Thanks again Pete!


From left to right, Pete, Pat and me. You can see from our eyes that we didn't slept much in the last 30 hours!




Here's Martin with his KTM. That's my GS at his right.



Pete's nice Kawasaki Versys




Pete give us a GPS map from Golden, CO to Moab. We took the Golden Gate canyon road, the I 70 to the US 6, the Loveland pass, back to the I 70, the Highway 141, the Highway 90 and the US 191.


Here's some pictures.


Parts of the Golden Gate Canyon










The I 70



The US 6, Loveland pass area. As you can see, there's lots of snow in this area in April!!!








The more interesting parts, riding the Moab canyons is to come!
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:42 AM   #2
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:58 AM   #3
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:10 AM   #4
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Nice pics!

Looks like it was a little chilly

J´imagine que vous avez porté des vestes électriques?
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Old 05-19-2008, 02:16 PM   #5
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Old 05-19-2008, 02:33 PM   #6
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NICE report and pics, looks like a GREAT area to ride in.


keep em' coming.
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Old 05-19-2008, 04:43 PM   #7
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Thanks guys!

Yes 2uprtw, it was a little bit chilly but not very cold!

Alors ça parle français au Peru? Yes Pat and me had electric vest, but not Martin

rubRsidedown, it was the first time I rode in Colorado and Moab and those places are really greats area to ride. Moab is the best place I ever rode.

Ok now back to the report!

Look at the color of the snow plow and the KTM... quite similar, don't you think?




Ok now before getting back on the I70, it was time for a lunch!




Back on the I70, the weather was a little bit milder and the landscape start to look more like what we are looking for.












We took the highway 141. It is a really nice road with beautiful landscape.









Here's a nice looking place where we took a break on the 141.




Back on the road, we took the highway 90 and the 46 before taking the US 191 to Moab where we arrived around 10 pm I think. I don't remember if it is with the 2 hours jet lag or not.





We even had some company on the road, on the 46 I think!





Nice sunset on the road (almost...)


We slept at Slickrock campground. A simple, nice and not expensive place with all the service we need. Showers, wi-fi, laundry, etc...


The first night we arrived late and we took the first available spot we saw.





The days after, we changed to go under some small shelters.



In the morning, we meet 2 KTM guys, ADV members. Here's a picture of Yogoi. The temperature was around 32° in the morning.


Here's the KTM of his friend, which I don't remember the name (sorry!)


To follow, the first Moab trail we did!
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Old 05-19-2008, 04:54 PM   #8
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What kind of ADVrider salute is that???????

Good to see ya finally got around to post'n a report, I'm one to talk though.

Thanks for take'n the time.
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Old 05-21-2008, 10:04 AM   #9
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nice report

wish you had called before going over loveland pass so we could meet! maybe next time!!!!
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:38 PM   #10
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Jay, there will be a next time for sure, I'll let you know!

By the way, I'd like to thank you for the information you provided.

Back to the report!

For the first day, we decided to go for an easy ride... sure!
We decided to go for at the Onion Creek trail. A trail indicated as easy in the « ATV Trails Guide ». That's true if you do the Onion Creek and go back at the Kokopelli crossing, what we didn't do!



The Onion Creek part was fantastic. Beautiful landscape and easy riding with some very smooth river crossing. In the book it's indicated that there's 27 rivers crossings. I didn't count how many crossing there was but there was many.




















This is where it got a little bit more tough. The start of the Kokopelli trail.






It started not to bad but soon we where riding in the mud...







and later soon in the snow!




We meet Bernard, an old French guy from California who was riding a Jeep. He was alone and he also was wondering if those trail was going somewhere.



But with the snow, we didn't had the choice and we went back to the Onion Creek.

One thing I forgot to tell you is when we left the campground in the morning, my bike didn't started. We boosted it with Pat's bike and it started easily. I thought I forgot my GPS on all night. After that it started whitout any problem but I didn't want to take to any chances and we went to Moab Yamaha dealer to see if they can get a battery for my bike. They had one in stock. They then put the battery on charge and I told them I'll get back this afternoon or tomorow morning to pickup the battery.

Remember, we only go for an easy ride for the first day...


But after many stops and start, many falls in the mud and snow, on our way back, my bike refused to start. No problem, Pat will boost it... it didn't work! Martin decided to tow me.



I know, a BMW tow by a KTM, not the best picture of the trip. But we didn't had much choices. It work fine until we hit some rough parts of the trail. At one point, Martin crashed seriously and we decided to forget about the tow.
Martin had an idea, used his battery to start my bike, and since GS has big alternators, it will run without battery after. So we tried that. The KTM batterie was not strong enough and the starter didn't work. We decided to try to push start it. It work!!! The bike started, we removed the battery, put it back in the KTM and here we go!!!

After something like 15 minutes, the bike died. Strange, everything was working fine. We did this battery changed a couples of time but every time, after a while, the bike died. It's probably the Can bus that didn't like to run without battery.
So I decided to hide my bike in some bushes and get back to Moab with Pat. Riding the trail as a passenger is not the best but on the GSA with Pat who was trying to ride the smoothest as possible, it was not too bad!

On our way back:




Next time, the Pole Canyon Rim!
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Old 05-21-2008, 08:34 PM   #11
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Hey guys, I was with my wife in the Slickrock campground (I was on a blue R1200 GS). We met you guys there. Great ride report. Looking forward to more pictures!
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Old 05-22-2008, 07:28 AM   #12
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Hey John, happy to hear from you!

It was nice to met you and your wife at the Slickrock campground. How
was the road for the return home?
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Hey John, happy to hear from you!

It was nice to met you and your wife at the Slickrock campground. How
was the road for the return home?
I had quite a cold ride home, but the Gerbings gear made it tolerable.

We leave for a 10 day tour of California tomorrow. I can't wait!
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Good seing the Onion Creek pictures

I spent quite a bit of time years ago around that Onion Creek area. The parents of my old ski patrol boss own the Fischer Valley Ranch up at the top of the Onion Creek Road. I have camped all over the place and it's a really beautiful area. Thanks for the pics!
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Old 05-25-2008, 04:04 AM   #15
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I had quite a cold ride home, but the Gerbings gear made it tolerable.

We leave for a 10 day tour of California tomorrow. I can't wait!
I hope you have fun in California John!

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I spent quite a bit of time years ago around that Onion Creek area. The parents of my old ski patrol boss own the Fischer Valley Ranch up at the top of the Onion Creek Road. I have camped all over the place and it's a really beautiful area. Thanks for the pics!
We saw the Fischer Valley ranch at the top of the Onion Creek. A very beautiful dream place, that's a lucky guy!
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