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Old 01-16-2009, 04:45 PM   #91
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Wow, Nice report, beautiful pictures.

Gosh I'd like to try that.

How long did it take you ?

It'll be 15 years until I can retire, and I don't want to wait that long.
I've got a wife, kids, and a mortgage, Heck I'm 42 already.
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:02 PM   #92
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It only took a month - you can do it for as long as you want to.
Don't wait 15 years man.

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Old 01-16-2009, 05:04 PM   #93
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Thanks for the RR. In the picutre with the Jeep, you can see a crossroads. I believe that road goes over to Dead Horse State Park. I rode the White Rim trail back in '97. When I got to that intersection, I ran into two bubba's in a Jeep loaded with a cooler of beer. They asked me if the direction they were going was the way out. Unfortunately, they were headed into the trail, not out of it. By Jeep, it takes 2 days to do the trail. They would have been screwed if I didn't have a gps and map.

The ranger told me it would take about 8 hours to do the WRT by bike. I did it in 6. I think I broke the park speed limit a few times.
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:47 PM   #94
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I like your style!
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:14 PM   #95
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Enjoying your trip report - thx!

- really enjoy your report and the beautiful photos.
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:56 PM   #96
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Enjoying your report! Excellent photography! I was at many of these places in 07 on my wee strom. Great riding as you well know.


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Old 01-16-2009, 10:25 PM   #97
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Great ride report and beautiful pics! Thanks!

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Old 01-16-2009, 10:43 PM   #98
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Oh man, this is good stuff!

Awesome RR! I wish I was there with you!
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Old 01-17-2009, 03:27 PM   #99
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Oh man, this is just no good at all. Not only are you not going 110 mph and trying to cover 300-400 miles each day on cow paths, but your taking way to much time stopping for pictures. And speaking of all those horrible pictures, I mean c'mon, we aint suppose to tortue humans with these things, and your words just dont capture any feelings !!

Just kidding of course. Amazing pictures, and a great way to do the trip, no worries, no hurrys, we all wish we could do that for a month or 2. Thanks for sharing the ride with a snowbound back east suburbanite.
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:56 PM   #100
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Old 01-17-2009, 10:08 PM   #101
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Superb! Add another adventure to my wish list...
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:54 AM   #102
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Great ride report and awesome pics. I love reading riders' journeys on the TAT. Will do it myself some day.
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:28 AM   #103
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This is the best TAT Ride Report I've seen, and I actually go to the trouble to look for them. Great job.

Anxiously awaiting the rest.
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Old 01-18-2009, 01:51 PM   #104
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Moab to Green River

I would say go for it on the Vstrom, Potash to rim. I would have a skidplate in place. There
are a couple places of some 'nice' rocks. Should make it no problem. I did not do the rim ride,
but they dont appear as rocky as the switchback road to the rim. I would plan for all day.

I decided in Moab to go the rest of the way to the coast. Why not?
So I called Sam and had him send maps for Nevada and Oregon
to general delivery, Garrison, Utah, on the border with Nevada.

I can't say enough about the KLR. It did not miss a single beat
in over 5000 miles. The only thing that happened riding into
Moab the speedometer cable came loose from the wheel and the
inner cable fell out. I rode back over the trail for about 10 miles
but did not find it. And you can't ride the trail without it. I found
a small shop about 5 miles south of Moab that had a universal kit.
I measured it, cut it with some tools he lent me and it worked
great the rest of the way.

Found another guy with KLR just like mine at the library.

One dumb thing I did was one night I tried to get some gas out of
the almost empty tank on the end of a paper towel to help start a fire.
And dropped the paper towel in the tank! Now what?

I borrowed clothes hangers
and various other things but could not get it out. Maybe it would dissolve
and the filter would keep it out of the carb? Thankfully I waited till next
day and called the Kawasaki dealer. The guy said no way, the thing
will clog your carb and you will have all kinds of trouble. So I ended up
pulling the tank off an dumping the gas in a gallon milk jug. The guy
at the camp said he could use it. Then washed it out with a little
and put new gas in. No problems with that either. I was lucky.

Ready to leave my home for 4 days. Nice people.

Here an ole Chevy I guess water well drilling machine,
heading out of Moab.

Will do a run into Arches on the way to Green River. Green River is only about 150 miles from Moab, so should have time.
It's only a few miles off the trail.
One of the first things you see is the famous balanced rock, just sittin there.

Big contrast to the Mountains I had just come over.

Going up the only dirt road in the park.

One of the many arches. Ck out the JB Weld/Duct Tape/Moab Stickers holding the fairing together.
I think it gives it 'character'.

Walked thru here to check out the "Evergreen Arch".
Ever tried to walk a mile in riding boots?

There's the evergreen right in the middle of it.

Just can't capture in pictures how nice these are.

Well, time to head west to see what else is out there.
Here back on the trail headed for Green River, Utah.

Feelin good.

This guy standing guard.

Need some ground clearance on these steps.

These guys were coming up fast so I let them go around me.

This must be the top of the rock. Hard to follow the trail
here in a couple spots.

Look out guys I think I see a crack in that thing.
This is right off the trail maybe 100 yards.

Back down into some dirt.

Looks like we get to ride some power lines going to Green River.

Ok into Green River for the night. If you stop there, ck out the
place right by the green river. Nice food and you can sit right beside
the river.

Tomorrow pick up with the ride from Green River out to Salina/Richfield, UT.


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Old 01-18-2009, 02:08 PM   #105
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There is a mileage reset between Moab and Green river. We looked at the beginning and ending mileage and thought we had 150 miles or so to get to Green River. We left the KOA campground in Moab at about 8 am. We got to Green River about 10:15 am. The reset is in big letters in the middle of the page ( Sams maps), but we missed it. Most of the route was like the last picture above. Easy cruising at 60 or so.
We should have done more riding around Moab. Next time I will.

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