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Old 05-18-2009, 10:53 AM   #16
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Musselman Arch

Near the end of the trail is Musselman Arch. The pictures do not tell the whole story of the arch. The arch is about 5 feet wide, it is ~1000' down if you fall, and there is a big crack in the rock near the thinnest part. Dad says there was no way he was going to walk out on the damn thing. Then Bob went strolling out on the arch like he was on a Sunday walk. Dad may be old, but he still has a lot of "boy" left in him. He took the dare and made the walk.







Dan was going to ride his bike accross the arch but nobody would watch.
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:55 AM   #17
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My Dad

Dad wanted me to post this picture and tell everybody he is not really that big. He says he is wearing a bulletproof vest. Suuuuurrrrreee




Here is Dad pretending to be Lawrence of Arabia.

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Old 05-18-2009, 10:58 AM   #18
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Great. I can never seem to get enough pictures of that area.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:44 AM   #19
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End of the White Rim Trail

One of the ways out from the White Rim Trail is the Schaffer Switchbacks. Here is a picture that shows the road starting up the wall.



Here is the view from the top.



From the Schaffer Switchbacks, they decided to go back to Moab via the Gemini Bridges Trail. Gemini Bridges was worth the trip, but it is hard to capture the feel of the Bridges in a photograph.



They got to the "Bridges' just a few minutes too late to see some guys walking a tight rope stretched across the hole behind the bridges. However, there were some guys rappelling down the canyon wall across from the Gemini Bridges. Look close and you can see a guy down the wall ~50' plus the guys at the bottom holding the ropes.



Dad was surprised to learn that this group was all from the same company and that they were on an outing to build teamwork. Dad said his company used to do some stuff like this and they called it Rambo School. Dad said they never did anything that looked a dangerous as this. This could be an easy way to get rid of "low performers".
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:59 AM   #20
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Old 05-18-2009, 12:08 PM   #21
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Bike Trouble

The only bad part of the day was when Dad had some bike trouble. Seems like Dad should have removed the stock fuel strainer and put in an inline fuel filter when he added the larger gas tank. I could have told him he was gonna have some trouble. Lucky for him it didn't happen until they were almost home. The guys stopped on the side of US 191 to work on the bike. Ara, the famous Beemerchef, stopped to see if he could help.



Dad said that he had met Ara one other time - on the top of Tellico Gap in the Smokey Mountains. Small world stuff - huh! Even better than meeting Ara again was seeing his bike and his famous dog, Spirit.



Next is the La Sal Mountains
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Old 05-18-2009, 03:32 PM   #22
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Old 05-18-2009, 04:30 PM   #23
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Day 2 - The LaSal Mountains

Sorry it took me so long to get back to the report. I think I crashed Smugmug trying to load the pics for this segment.

Dad told me months ago that he was reading all the ADVrider MOAB ride reports to learn about the area. He kept saying that there were some regular mountains, i.e., hills with trees, on the other side of MOAB, but nobody ever went there. Dad was determined to explore the area. Since everybody was still worn a little from the White Rim Trail, day 2 was the perfect time to head for the hills.



The gang went went south and then east to La Sal Mountain Pass Road. The road was a blast, the perfect road for bigger adventure bikes for the first 10 miles. This pic was taken at ~8,000' altitude.



Not long after we got to the 9,000' level, they had to cross a talus (AKA scree) field. Dad said that he knew that the rocks were up there, but that he expected them to be at a higher elevation. Crossing was a bitch for Dad and Don (Bob took the day off), but Dan just tractored his R80 up the hill.









We needed a really long break after that. Here is Don (on the right) grinning because he is happy to be alive.



After the rocks, they started running into snow.









They blasted through a bunch of the snow drifts until finally the whole road was covered with snow.







Dan parked his bike in a snow drift to kool the big boy down.




Dad was ready to turn around. Dad got so hot he had to sit in some snow to kool his butt.



We were near 10,000' and Dad and Don were out-of-breath and energy (Dan is from Idaho and lives in Woodland Park, CO - he thought this was great fun). They decided to head back to MOAB for lunch.
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Old 05-18-2009, 04:55 PM   #24
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Down the mountain

Dad was headed down the mountain when his bike decided to take a break.



The guys stopped at the bottom of the mountain at Pack Creek Ranch. While some of the guys talked to the manager of the ranch about staying there when we come back to MOAB, Dad just had to take a rest.



Next, Dad and the guys headed for the MOAB Diner.



The diner is a must do for ADVrider types. I was impressed with the quality and selection of the food as well as the super service. Don had a hamburger.

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Back to the mountains

After lunch, the boys went back towards the La Sal Mountains on Sand Flats Road.




Dad said that Sand Flats Road runs by the Slick Rock Recreation Area and comes out on the LaSal Mountain Loop. They rode from there over to Geyser Pass Road. They went up Geyser Pass Road until they were again stopped by snow.











The guys turned around at 10,000' and coasted all the way back down. Dad was very proud to tell me he won the coasting race. I knew he would win since he is fatter then everybody else and gravity never takes a day off.

At the intersection of Geyser Pass Road and the La Sal Mountain Loop, the guys met Gene.



Gene was camping with his dog and looking for somebody to ride with on the Lockhart Basin Trail.



We quickly made a deal for a ride the next day.


On the way back from the mountains, the guys stopped at the world famous (maybe not) Faux Falls. The falls are south of MOAB and part of a project to improve the amount of water available in the wells around MOAB. Water is pumped through pipes to this spot where it runs down the mountain and into Ken's lake. We never got to meet Ken.





Dad said they were worn out after that, and went back to the motel for a nap.
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Tell Dad it was Ara and Spirit, not Asa and Spike
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Thanks for the Correction

Dad can be such a dumbass!!! Thanks for the correction.
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Old 05-18-2009, 07:19 PM   #30
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Lockhart Basin Trail

On the third day, the guys went to ride the Lockhart Basin Trail. Dad said they hadn't planned to do this trail. Dad then complained a little that it was 70 miles from the motel to the start of the trail, but he said that the scenery was so pretty that the ride was tolerable.















Dad showed me the trail on the map. It was so far out in the boonies that it made White Rim look like downtown MOAB. Dad talked about the first few miles being really easy and Then things gradually got tougher. Much of the second half of the trail was on ledge roads. The trail was made even more challenging by the rocks and rocky ledges that showed up in the worst places. I'll let the pictures do the talking.





















This section is rated DD on the park service maps.






It took them nearly 6 hours to finish the trail but Dad said they stopped a lot.





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Lockhart Basin Trail, ridden from South to North, ends at the road to Chicken Corners. They went from there up to Hurrah Pass. While up on the pass, Dad said that Gene shared with the group that he had first learned about the Lockhart Basin Trail from his son. Gene and his son had planned to ride the trail together, but his son passed before they could do the ride. Gene got a little emotional as he told us about the memories that came back to him as he rode through the day. All of the guys were misty eyed as they thanked Gene for bringing them along. It was the best ride I have ever been on.
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