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Old 10-22-2008, 11:46 PM   #16
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Day 2, Goosenecks to Fishlake N.F.



The morning plans were to photo the Goosenecks, see if I can handle the Valley of the Gods, and ride the Moki Dugway. I wake up at first light to check out my surroundings...











Breakfast with a View









I saddle up and head out.



The road out of Goosenecks State Park.



Mexican Hat



Next, Valley of the Gods Road!
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:06 AM   #17
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I'm sooooo jealous... Sorta!!!

I jumped ahead to your smugmug pics...


I do get to go play in that area twice a year, and I've got Major Wood looking at your pics. (particularly the Burr Trail.)
Although my GT has seen almost all of the places your pics were taken, I won't even think about how UNworthy any pics I've taken compare to yours...

MORE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!'
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Old 10-23-2008, 02:00 AM   #18
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Nice photography.
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:50 AM   #19
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Awesome pics...great ride.
Beautiful Futura.
More please!
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:36 AM   #20
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What a great way to wake up in So. Utah... I bet it was a cool night without a tent. Great commentary too...

re: Hells Backbone Grill, I am pretty sure they are open both days on the weekend and they do a pretty tasty breakfast and serve real coffee... I do believe they shut down about this time of year however. Another note, it's not the cheapest place to eat for sure... Nor is Boulder Lodge cheap place to sleep, but it makes the wife happy and packing is easier when two up if you don't have camp gear.

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Old 10-23-2008, 10:41 AM   #21
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Don't you just love those Rotax v twins. I get the biggest grin everytime I ride my Falco. I lived in Phx for a couple years. Loved it...but way to hot. Sitting in traffic on the 101 with full mesh gear at 115F is still hot.

Great ride report.
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:11 PM   #22
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Thumb Valley of the Gods Road



At the turnoff to Valley of the Gods Road I wonder if I should attempt it on a street bike. This is gonna be really brave... or REALLY STUPID!



Almost immediately there's a tricky wash to cross. The Aprilia motors through with no problemo.



Much of the time the road is in good condition and I feel good running up to 40 mph.







I even shoot some action shots.







The rock's keep posing for photos so it's stop and go. Of course my bike wants in the photo as well.







The washboards increase and finding a smooth line becomes difficult. Slowing down doesn't seem to help with the bone-jarring bumps.

This is my favorite photo of the washboards.







Another Sandy Wash Crossing
Will we make it across?
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:32 PM   #23
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Valley of the Gods Road

Of course we made it. Here's a photo looking back after completing the crossing.





Every ADVrider should have a photo with the ADV Salute Rock.





I got the moon in this one!







This road is really fun as it twists, turns, and dips though the spectacular scenery.





I am cruising along at about 40 mph after entering many blind dips into smooth wash crossings. I'm getting too cocky... and then BAM!
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:48 PM   #24
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did someone ask for more?

Karuah River Rally Near Dungog NSW Barrington Tops National Park


Kosciuszko Rally - Trye Change at Geehi Hut, Kosciuszko National Park


Autumn Leaf Rally 2008 Tumorrama Hall between Wee Jasper and Tumut NSW.


Evidence of riding muddy dirt roads when attending rallies.

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Old 10-23-2008, 07:25 PM   #25
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ZX6R, A dirty sport bike? I guess I'm not the only idiot!

I've learned to never ride Utah with new tires. If you don't need new tires, change them anyway. You will need your old tires when you get back. I once had a rear tire run down below the steel belt! I was stuck in Moab on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. (No chance of getting a tire until Wednesday at the earliest.) My awesome wife found a new tire in Phoenix 15 minutes before the last store closed. She delivered the tire 500 miles away and I changed it myself.
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Old 10-23-2008, 07:58 PM   #26
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Well Done Mate! A very understanding and/or well trained Mrs you have there.

Concept of rallies down here were to involve a section of dirt road to the rally site and all road bikes welcome.

Now they have sealed a lot of the old raods, such as the snowy mountains (Kosciuszko) and the like. So a lot of the rallies still happening don't ahve much dirt any more.

The triple T, Thrasher's Terrifying Trek is the most challenging I'm aware of in NSW. I'm yet to do one and missed this years with a bad flu. Next year!
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:32 PM   #27
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Eek Oh Shit! This is gonna hurt!

This is the long straight I had just come down.



As I was approaching the next blind dip I ignored all the warning signs and the increasing washboards...



I realize, too late, I'm running directly at the largest bumps and the dip is still blind with an apparent sharp curve at the bottom. I grab a handful of front brake, which of course prevents me from steering around the bumps...



I hit the largest bump, Way Too Fast! BAM! Suspension Bottoms! Undercarriage Scrapes!



The front wheel locks. As I'm on the way down, time slowed... I had several minutes (seemingly) to berate myself for being such an idiot. This was starting to look really stupid. My right foot came off the peg and I began reaching for the ground and looking for a place to land (as if I had a choice). I thought better of this idea. I let off the front brake just in time to avoid disaster.



I rolled to a stop at the bottom of the dip... To check my shorts!





Sideview of the street bike swallowing bump.



I was happy to find the tarmac.



Valley of the Gods Road, Completed!
A right turn leads to the Moki Dugway.
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:56 PM   #28
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Day 2, Moki Dugway

The Moki Dugway is a climb up these cliffs on dirt switchbacks.





Pavement Ends Ahead



This looks fun!



I passed the vantage point for the previous photo. I decided to turn around, which on a road this wide is usually no problemo for me. I was too tentative in the gravel and didn't turn sharp enough. I ran out of room with my front tire at the edge of the SOFT shoulder. I was unable to back uphill. Oh well, Let's try the sand.

Here's a photo of my tracks in the soft sandy shoulder and the loose gravel berm at the edge of the road. I made it! Cursing at myself for being a jackass.



You can see the Valley of the Gods Road from up here.







How many cars can you find off the cliff edge in this photo?



Zoomed in on the car below me.





Before long I'm on top of the plateau and the road is paved again.



I didn't find the Moki Dugway very challenging at all compared to the Valley of the Gods Road.
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:25 PM   #29
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Talking More Day 2, Perfect Timing

Long Lonely Highways



Notice the low-tech GPS system... Paper Maps!



You've probably noticed the bright purple splatter on my windshield. I hit a colorful bug on I-17 in Arizona. I liked the windshield art and decided to keep it there.









Somewhere along here I realized if I hurried I could just make the next ferry. If I missed it I would have to wait 2 more hours until the next departure.





Lake Powell



I gassed up in Halls Crossing, and ignored a few speed limits to make it to the ferry terminal.





I had time for 2 quick photos before they loaded us onto the ferry and immediately departed. Perfect Timing!









The 25 minute ride was smooth and went by almost too quickly. The $10 fare was worth it.
I was sucked into a conversation with a retired couple, who had been kayaking all over the lake. So much for limiting my human contact...



A short time later I'm on the Burr Trail followng the kayakers.



The first portion of the trail is paved... sometimes, but it won't last long.
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Old 10-24-2008, 05:39 AM   #30
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