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Old 10-28-2008, 07:23 PM   #76
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Thumb Lava Point

Kolob Reservoir, This Week





Last Week, SNOW!



Snow Showers on the Kolob Terrace Road



These guys were all over Utah...





This looks fun.



It's not all smooth.



Zion Canyon View from Lava Point



Breakfast with a View







The ride down was just as fun as coming up. Kolob Terrace Road has almost no traffic, and probably no speed enforcement. Do NOT speed on the main road in the park though. They shoot radar there, ALOT!

YeeHaaa!!!





Best View of Zion Canyon, Observation Point
This photo requires an 8 mile hike with a 2,000 foot climb! (Last Weekend)
The point on the left of that narrow ridge running through the canyon floor is called Angel's Landing. You can hike there, if you don't mind a 3 foot wide trail with a 1,000 foot dropoff on each side... That trail is a 1500 foot climb I am looking down on! Zion is great for motorcycling, but even better for hiking!



View from Canyon Overlook, a Shorter Hike
The winding main park road is visible going up to the tunnel on the left.



Scared of heights? On the Observation Point Trail



Observation Point Trail (A Small Section)



Back on the bike, I head home on the main park road.







A Tunnel Window
The highway runs through the cliff.



There may be a few more sights on the way home.
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Old 10-29-2008, 02:44 PM   #77
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BTW, I like that K1200 GT. I may rent one for a trip to the alps next summer.
I HIGHLY recommend it! As a rental it might very well be the perfect bike for long, sporty touring. Maybe not as good of a dual sport though...


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There may be a few more sights on the way home.

I sure hope so, this is a RR I don't want to end...

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Old 10-29-2008, 07:14 PM   #78
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The Damn Ride Home

Today's Ride, 465 Miles

The Aprilia Basks in the Splendor of Zion Canyon. We wonder how hot it's gonna be in Phoenix. The DREAD sets in!




The Vermillion Cliffs as Seen from US 89



Lake Powell is back in view. It seens like a long time since our ferry ride.



The Brideg and Glen Canyon Dam come into view near Page, Arizona.









Damn Dam



High Speed Sweepers







They cut a gap in the rock just for me!





Marble Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs, and the Kiabab Plateau







Old Bridge and New Bridge



I'm not gonna bore you (or me) with more photos of I-17. I plugged in the MP3 Player (I rarely ride with it) and make the 370 mile ride from Zion to my home with only 2 stops for fuel and food. Luckily, we survive the mid-90s temps in Phoenix.

A successful journey. We both made it home safely! After 4 days of near solitude, I have to return to the grindstone in the morning.
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:41 PM   #79
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I hope I've inspired a few ride plans to Southern Utah. Thanks for reading, and all the great feedback! I'll leave you with a few photos of Zion National Park taken earlier this year.







Angel's Landing Trail


Walter's Wiggles


The Angel's Landing Trail runs up that ridge!




Into The Narrows




A family hike into the icy cold waters that are sometimes chest deep! Brrrr!








Weeping Wall




I like the motorcycle pics better too! See you after the next Ride!
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:46 PM   #80
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Great report and great Pics

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Old 10-29-2008, 07:47 PM   #81
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Laugh

With the threat of rougher trails in my future, and the risk I will sell her for protesting too much, my little bike relented and gave her permission for a new bike... a long as it's black! I'm sure she realizes she wasn't cut out for these type of trails. We were lucky to escape serious injury.
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Old 10-29-2008, 07:58 PM   #82
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Thanks for the great report and the awesome pics! I was telling my wife about the great pics on your report and got to show her some tonight. I told her we need to go there some day. I just checked google maps and goosenecks is 2k miles from home! Thanks again!
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:14 PM   #83
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Awesome Dave. Awesome. You have a great eye, I should give you my camera... :-) Ok, get off that, I'd pay hell and I need to learn to take a decent pic...

You've provided added inspiration to get back there and spend a week or more in that area. My wife and I have yet to allocate enough time to hike in Zion. But all the cool little places you went and took pictures of... many are new to me and I've been in the region at least 5 times. I do have a reputation for blasting through shit and not stopping much... or taking pictures except when I occasionally think about it.



I may ping you before I head back there next for some of your GPS data! You can tell me to pound sand of course... But I will gladly buy beer if we cross paths!

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Old 10-29-2008, 08:14 PM   #84
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If you take your time, you can make it there in 2 to 3 days!
Believe me, my photos don't do the place justice.
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Old 10-29-2008, 08:19 PM   #85
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My wife and I have yet to allocate enough time to hike in Zion.

I may ping you before I head back there next for some of your GPS data! You can tell me to pound sand of course... But I will gladly buy beer if we cross paths!

Cheers,
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Bob, Hiking Zion is highly recommended! Hiking is actually my wifes passion. She likes to drag me and the kids along (some kind of sick humor).

Maybe by then I'll actually have GPS Data. I'm currently navigating by Global Positioning Sheets (paper maps).
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Old 10-29-2008, 09:33 PM   #86
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Great report and pics, especially Zion. I have been there on the bike and in the cage. Last year, we did Angels Landing the Narrows and Kanarra Cyn. I would like to check out some of the other slots and hikes in the area. There are some other great backroads that you might try on your new bike not that you didn't do great on the current one.

For anyone going I would suggest Late May before the summer crowds or after Labor Day.
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Bob, Hiking Zion is highly recommended! Hiking is actually my wifes passion. She likes to drag me and the kids along (some kind of sick humor).

Maybe by then I'll actually have GPS Data. I'm currently navigating by Global Positioning Sheets (paper maps).
HA! of course.. duh. I am also one with that brand of GPS... but also grabbed one second hand and am trying to make some sense of it. Saw the tracks and was thinking you did that with GPS. Googlemaps? Bottom line, info as to where you found some of the tidbits. I think you've provided enough here... but we shall see!

As far as hiking goes, my wife did the Breast cancer 3-day (60 miles) earlier this year so I am familiar with being dragged along... Our prob with Zion was purely related to not making time. In fact we actually attempted to stay an extra night in Springdale but weren't able to get a room so we rode home... Zion to San Jose, on all backroads in one long day.

Next time more relaxation and exploration vs hitting all the same things we always do... not that we won't do that too!

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Hey Roadrage, have you ever seen the "Indian country" AAA map? It has lots of back roads in the Utah to 4 corners area. Good for planning any kind of trip in the SW.
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:26 PM   #89
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It's cool to see some pics of you hiking about. I LOVE combining motorycle trips with hiking, I call it "motorhikeling."

Great pics, I haven't done much in Zion yet apart from driving through, but your photos do inspire me to plan some time to check it out!
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Old 10-30-2008, 05:43 AM   #90
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Awesome photos and a very entertaining RR

Excellent ride report - great photos! Brought back many good memories of my trips to that part of the country over the past couple of years, you're lucky to live so close to all that beauty, and all those amazing roads.
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