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Old 05-25-2008, 04:16 AM   #16
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On Tuesday the 15th the first thing we did was to go to the Yamaha dealer to pick-up the new battery for my GS. After that, we for headed at the Onion Creek to get back my bike. On our way, we stopped at the water source on the 128 to fill our camelback, the water there is very good. It's on the 128, near the 191. Another ride on the Onion Creek as a back seat. I took some video on the Onion Creek. Here's a little part of it:

http://video.google.fr/videoplay?doc...24631354194037

Resize the window smaller to have a better resolution (sorry for the not too good video quality)


We keeped the GPS coordonate of where my bike was. It was still there! I put the new battery in, the old one in the bag of my bike and it started at the first try!!!


So we decided to go for another easy trail in the same area, the Pole Canyon rim...We then headed for the Dewey bridge, where the Pole Canyon Rim begin


It started smooth and then get rough, and then rougher!












We looked at the map and at the direction in the book, and saw a comment Stay left at 'Y' . Road to right is difficult route under power lines We was under the power line and probably went to the right at the 'Y'!


So we try to find back the right route and went on easier trail.




Back on the 128. I think we missed a big part of the Pole Canyon Rim. On our way back, we played a little bit in the soft sand on the side of the 128.







Back at the camping, we drunk a nice beer and took a hot tub!



Another nice day in Moab!!!
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:45 PM   #17
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On the next day, Wednesday the 16th, we went for the Gemini Bridge trail and the Bull Canyon.




First we went to town to fill up our bike. There was a nice painting on the side of the Poison spider bicycle store. I took this picture, it's like the spider want to catch my GS!




After our now ritual camelback filling at the Moab source, we headed north on the 191 and then took the Gemini bridge road.


The Gemini bridge trail is easy and the place is very beautiful.















After the Gemini, we did the Bull Canyon, also a very nice place but with a lot of soft sand mixed with rock. Soft sand on big bikes is not the best surface to ride. We work hard at some places and drop the bikes many time. But we had good time there!














We went back to Moab via the Gemini trail.




At Moab, we decided to try the Mexican restaurant Fiesta Mexicana. The meal was really very good and the portions were very big! If you go in Moab and like Mexican food, try this restaurant!




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Old 05-25-2008, 10:59 PM   #18
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Looks like a fun adventure!
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:17 PM   #19
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Looks like a fun adventure!
You can be sure about that!
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Old 05-27-2008, 04:40 PM   #20
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Thursday, we went to Arches National Park.

We didn't want to do only the pavement ride. We saw on the map that there was a trail indicated near the end of the Arches road, near the broken Arch and the sand dune Arch.


On the map, you can see the Arches road in red and the Klondike trail I highlight in Yellow. So we decided. On the map it is indicated at many places, "soft sand". There's even a place on the map where it is writen "Because of soft sand on steep grades, vehicular travel is recommended only from north to south"... humm!




So we headed to the Arches National Park!


The road was fun to ride and the place beautiful.










At the end of the road, we turned back and looked for the right side start of the trail. We found it easily. It started as a nice smooth trail and gravel road.










After a while it started to be rougher with a mix of sand and rock. We went down a couple of very rough hills. We arrived at an intersection, a "T" and saw that one of the trail was blocked by a fence. We llok at the map and this was the trail we wanted to ride. The other trail was leading to a footpath.
We didn't wanted to go back because we will need to climb some of the rough hills we went down.







Pat wanted to remove a part of the fence to pass and put it back after... We didn't had much choice, so we decided to remove a section. It was barbed wire but not very thight. It was easy to removed and to put back. There was a very soft sand hill after the fence.







I said to Pat and Martin, there's probably a good reason for this fence to be there... we learn why later. We rode in very soft sand for a couple of hours. With those bigs adventure bikes, it was really tough in the soft sand. We looked at the map and the GPS, it was looking like the right path, so we continue.


We think we was in a dry river bed, we can see it on this map just at the right of the trail


We finaly got out of the sand and saw some slick rock, yes!!!










We saw a trail a little far away and it look like we will funaly get out of here.

Next time, Porcupine trail... it is kind of sting!
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:24 PM   #21
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Its cool you all drove that far, I love seeing my back yard, and reading it as well. Killer trip Stou, wish we would of followed you guys instead.
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:19 AM   #22
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I KNOW this is NOT Molson.........
Canadians drinking what, Coors Light!?!?!?
I've seen it ALL now...... next we'll see all three adventure bikes with wicker picnic baskets hanging off the back......

GREAT photos and super write up.
Keep em' coming.
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Old 05-31-2008, 06:06 PM   #23
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Thanks guys!

By the way, this is not Canadians drinking Coor's Light, this is Pat, who is drinking Coors Light. Martin and me had some Budweiser! Martin know some things about beer, he work at Labatt!

Here's what we did the next day.


On Friday, we decided to go to the Slickrock on the Sand Flats road. On the first part, there was many 4x4. The trail after that was only for mountain bikes. So we looked at the map. There was a trail called Hell Revenge and it was red on the map. We saw a green trail called the Porcupine. So we did a little bit of logic here with that map. Hell Revenge in red must be a difficult trail and the Porcupine must be easy, it is in green. So we went fot the Porcupine...

I can't find the map we had from this area but I found this map on the net:


At first it was easy. Nice rocky with sand trail and beautiful landscape.









After it become rougher... and more rougher. Hills with bigs rocks. Some of them was hard to climb with our big bikes.

















We had some hard time at some places. But what the hell, we are on an adventure trip! We drop the bikes many times. I even broke the clutch lever holder on my GS. But we managed to fix it with JB Weld, a tie-down and some tie-wrap.





After many hours of riding, we arrived near the end and face something that at first look like something we can't go through with our big bikes. A hill with very big rocks.







But as you can see on the previous picture, we made it. We push and pull every bike one by one over those big rocks and managed to reach the trail that goes to the road.


After that, we learned that this Porcupine trail is is very famous among mountain bike fans!

Here's links to some videos we took on the Porcupine

http://video.google.fr/videoplay?doc...42570350&hl=fr

http://video.google.fr/videoplay?doc...97561708&hl=fr

http://video.google.fr/videoplay?doc...83375430&hl=fr

Next part, the White Rim!
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Old 05-31-2008, 06:18 PM   #24
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Old 06-01-2008, 04:52 PM   #25
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Porcupine?

Damn, guys!...that's a seriously heinous trail for any motorcycle, much less DS bikes like yours. I was riding that trail about 3 weeks ago on my mountainbike. You guys got some brass versions...LOL! Great writeup.

Hey...those aren't rental bikes, are they?
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Old 06-01-2008, 05:05 PM   #26
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But as you can see on the previous picture, we made it. We push and pull every bike one by one over those big rocks and managed to reach the trail that goes to the road.
Nice going guys! I'd be afraid to take a DRZ on some of those trails. Those steps are impressive.
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Old 06-02-2008, 04:43 AM   #27
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I must admit that this is some very serious trails for those big bikes. Except for the last part that was very rocky with big steps, our bikes was very surprising at some places. Pat was really amazing with his big '04 GSA. After this trail we found a new nick name for him, We called him now "Pat the Bouc", "bouc" is the french name for a big male ram

That was because he was jumping from sides to sides on those trails!

It was a team effort to get through this! And it was a very good team! I'll do it again anytime with those partners!

TNC... yes we rent those bike in Moab, the place is now closed!

RiverRat, sometime I wish I had my DRZ!
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:02 PM   #28
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That's quite a ride report!

Here's ours from last week: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=347702

It's not quite as hard core as what you guys did though!
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Old 06-04-2008, 03:17 PM   #29
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Great trip and great ride report!

The Porcupine Rim is MUCH easier on a true Dirt Bike...Almost easy...



My hat is off to you guys for riding it on Big Bikes!!

Did you make it to the Single Track section and turn around and ride it back out?
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:12 PM   #30
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