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Old 10-13-2009, 11:54 AM   #31
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Good work!

Hey Crawdaddy and Strega:

Good job getting this done. Don't worry about the pics too much, you dont have to be a journalist, just a rider is OK! Having said this I like your TR

Would you mind posting a pic of the entire track in this threadÉ Would help to see the places you got to, and compare it to our track. I recognize some of your photos, in particular the boat, the place with the navajo wedding, and a few other spots.

Six of us completed a similar circumnav in spring 2009, I know we rode some of the same trails. We took a little under 2 weeks for ours, mainly camping, and extended a bit further away from the canyon especially into S Utah. Great part of the world.

Here was our route:



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Old 10-13-2009, 01:45 PM   #32
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How about an interactive map? (Courtesy of GPSVisualizer.com)

Crawdaddy and Strega's Grand Canyon 'Circle the Big Ditch' Active Map <---- Click that

Give that a try!
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Old 10-13-2009, 01:58 PM   #33
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Hey Crawdaddy and Strega:

Good job getting this done.
Thanks Brian and thanks again for your help in the planning stages.....we stayed pretty darn close to a direct overlay of your tracks on the southern side......we opted to jump down on 64 off of Gray Mtn and play tourist on the way into the south rim rather than staying on dirt over to Tusuyan (it had already been a long day on the Navajo Lands and we wanted to see the viewpoints off 64).......pretty much a direct overlay of your tracks between Tusuyan and Seligman with the exception of the re-route near Tin House.....and I played around with a few options to get to Triangle once you let me know there was gas at that location (thanks for the tip!)
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Old 10-13-2009, 02:09 PM   #34
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Great report!

Looks like some awesome riding....sometimes I get tired of all of the trees we have here in 'da UP.
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Old 10-13-2009, 02:22 PM   #35
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Perfect! Thats what I was looking for.

Our routes pretty similar on the S side after Cameron. I think you guys took a better route between your crossing near Lee's Ferry and Cameron, we were off in the backcountry and had some serious sand riding; did see some amazing country but were not very close to the canyon.

We found the base maps (US Topo 2008) to be way out of whack especially in the Navajo lands as far as road/trail locations go. Showing trails and roads where none exist, and not showing the existing trails / roads in other locations. Puzzling!

I know there must be a good dirt route to get from where the Truck Rd comes into 64 from the S across to Desert View closer to the E fork of the Canyon. We ran into the same petered out trails you did in your "navajo wedding" area.
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Old 10-13-2009, 02:30 PM   #36
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Perfect! Thats what I was looking for.
Tracks are posted here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=514339
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:22 PM   #37
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Dammit, I need to get my VX running and adventurized. That looks like a very nice route for a long weekend.
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Old 10-13-2009, 08:29 PM   #38
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Crawdaddy, thanks for the awesome report! I really enjoyed it!
It looks like everything was perfect, nice bit of suspense to the story too!
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:05 AM   #39
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How about an interactive map? (Courtesy of GPSVisualizer.com)

Crawdaddy and Strega's Grand Canyon 'Circle the Big Ditch' Active Map <---- Click that

Give that a try!
Well done RR and info. Thanks for taking us along and all the work you two put into it.
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Old 10-14-2009, 08:12 AM   #40
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you have lost some photos at the end ... did you move em?
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Old 10-14-2009, 08:19 AM   #41
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We found the base maps (US Topo 2008) to be way out of whack especially in the Navajo lands as far as road/trail locations go. Showing trails and roads where none exist, and not showing the existing trails / roads in other locations. Puzzling!
I used routes to plan this ride out in areas where I wasn't able to come up with any tracks to follow or tinker with.......had to create all planning routes in City Navigator 2009 since my Roads and Rec/Topo softwares are pretty old/out of date/don't allow auto routing........we came across a few "where the hell is the road/trail" sections out on the Navajo Lands but the routes were pretty accurate for the most part.....and now the track files that replaced the planning routes will be even better since they're derived from filtered active tracks rather than some guy sitting in front of his computer with a cold beer plotting out a path on a trail he's never seen .....had to ride with City Navigator "on" when following "routes"........when we needed alternatives I simply I turned off City Navigator and displayed Roads and Recs instead.....never would've figured out a bypass for Tin House if I only had City Navigator to rely on.....
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Old 10-14-2009, 10:33 AM   #42
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Nice report and pics,
this one is front page worthy!!

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Old 10-17-2009, 08:44 PM   #43
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you have lost some photos at the end ... did you move em?
All photos are still up......
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:53 PM   #44
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Great trip!

Looks like a really cool trip with some gnarly sections too - cool photos. Thanks for posting this.
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Old 10-18-2009, 04:27 PM   #45
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Nice report and pics,
this one is front page worthy!!

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