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Old 05-27-2010, 12:15 PM   #31
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You ass. You drug me all over Mexico and got me addicted. Now I gotta go to Utah.
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Old 05-27-2010, 05:50 PM   #32
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Day 5: Part 1: Hike out of Earnies Country-Teapot Rock-Elaterite Basin

Plan today was hike out of Earnies Country mid morning, ride to the Maze Overlook and return to Hite for gas via Flint Trail/Andy Miller Flats, then get back to base at Hanksville for burgers and Whispering Sands Hotel.

Since we hiked in at night, we were able to see what we missed hiking out during daylight:







Scrambling out of the wash to get to the motorcycles:





One of several large arches in Earnies Country. Pictures don't do justice to the scale, etc. etc.:



Biggest Nike ever:



Back at Mother and Child:





A particularly nasty section near Teapot Rock:





Sunset Pass in the background to the right, which we crossed on our way from Poison Spring Canyon to Teapot Rock a few days beforehand:



Climbing from Waterhole Flat to the Flint Trail as we make our way toward the Maze Overlook. Vistas here are as spectacular as the WRT:





La Sal Mnts, near Moab, in the background:



Motorcycle on the upper left area of the pic:







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Old 05-27-2010, 06:10 PM   #33
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Late in the afternoon we arrived at the trailhead below Mother and Child, which you can see in the background:

It looks like you left the bikes behind in the near Mother & Child for your backpack trip. Were you worried about security--what precautions did you take to make sure they were waiting for you when you returned?

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Old 05-27-2010, 06:18 PM   #34
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It looks like you left the bikes behind in the near Mother & Child for your backpack trip. Were you worried about security--what precautions did you take to make sure they were waiting for you when you returned?

(Great report so far! Keep it going!!)

No precautions. But we did talk about it, really! We felt that if anyone had the guts to get there by any means (4WD, mountain bike, hike or another motorcycle), then hot wire the bikes and ride them away, they deserved to keep them.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:23 PM   #35
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So who did the running to make the photo?

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Great RR as usual.
I did and almost tripped...9 seconds is not a long time sometimes. And thanks again for the tip on the WR's...best purchase ever.
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Day 5: Part 2: Elaterite Basin-Maze Overlook-Hite





Maze Overlook camping area; Elaterite Butte in the background:



Maze below.

Chocolate Drops to the left: these must be the four unnamed formations that Edward Abbey wrote about in Desert Solitaire. He had considered several options: Altars of the Moon, Tablets of the Sun, Tombs of Ishtar, Shiva the Destroyer...He decides to leave them unnamed as the most sensate things to do, despite Rainer Maria Rilke's admonition that if the poet does not name something, it doesn't exist. And look what someone else did anyway: Chocolate Drops...

Pictures, of course, don't do any justice to The Maze or anything in SE Utah for that matter.



White Rim Trail in the background beyond The Maze; La Sal Mountains in the distance in second picture below:





Somewhere along the way back to Hite via 676/Andy Miller Flats:











Gas at Hite:



Obligatory Colorado River Overlook pic north of Hite before the treck back to Hanksville for burgers and a hotel bed:

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Old 05-27-2010, 07:32 PM   #37
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Day 6: Part 1 Hansksville to foothills of the Henry Mountains

Plan to day was to approach the Henry Mountains via Giles Ghost Town-Town Wash-Blue Valley Benches-Bull Creek Wash.

From Hanksville, we rode west toward Caineville on UT 24 and turned south on an unmarked dirtroad, crossed the Freemont River and made our way to Giles. Not much left. The town was abandoned after the Freemont river flooded several years and wiped out the settler's crops. Still interesting little-used approach to the Henry's as an alternative to the direct route via Hanksville:





Blue Valley Benches:



Henry Mountains in the distance:





The saddle between both mountains is Wickiup Pass:





Topping off our tanks with extra gas we carried, near Fairview Ranch. We cached the empty can and headed up to Wickiup Pass:

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Day 6: Part 2 Henry Mountains

Start of the climb to Wickiup Pass; Blue Valley in the distance:







Not sure who comes up with the names...This is near Lonesome Beaver







Had to manouver around fallen trees on the road...so we knew we were the only ones up there



On our way to the Wickiup Pass overlook:







Trying to make our way around to Bull Pass to locate a camping spot behind Mount Ellen. We had to turnaround due to snow but found another way.



Not sure why I look so much bigger than the bike...I can barely touch the ground tiptoeing...





Eventually we settled for a spot way up with good protection as the we had heard the forecast called for 40 MPH winds later in the evening and for the rest of our stay in the Henry's.



Just in time for sunset:





OK, not as good a sunset picture as one with a motorcycle:



Two more days to go!
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Day 7: Henry Mountians Loop

Our goal today was to explore as much of the Henry Mountains as we could, get gas at Torrey or Bull Frog, depending on which direction we ended up going, and get back to our campsite by nightfall. Navigation was more difficult than we expected and we never found our way to the south end of the Burr Trail. A good map would have helped, which we did not have. There a lot of dirt roads with little to no signage.

Early morning hike to Mnt Ellen's ridge above our campsite; our campsite in the foreground still in the shade and illuminated are Capitol Reef's Water Pocket Fold first and behind it, Boulder Mountain:



Cold and very windy at the ridge. Mount Pennell in the background:



Campsite in the distance:



Repairing broken brake lever bolt in my WR with trusty bailing wire:





Perfect!



On our way to complete the loop around Mnt Ellen; Mnt Pennell in the distance:





Dead end:



So we tried the other way via Bull Pass. Here is one of dozens of side trails to explore:



Filtering drinking water along the way:



Climbing to Bull Pass:



We were determined to be the first to complete the loop around Mnt Ellen this season. Traversing more snow:







Eventually we had to give up about 250 meters from completing the whole loop and turned around:





Playing around another side trail:



Now down the Henry's toward Bull Creek Pass Scenic Byway to connect with the Burr Trail:





Our campsite somewhere in the distance:



Stevens Narrows:



On our way back from Torrey near Sandy Creek Benches, sun starting to set. The 40 MPH winds wind blasted sand all over us the whole afternoon:



We took the shorter way back up to camp:



Arriving at the campsite just at sunset:

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Day 8: Last day: Henry Mountains: Mnt Ellen-Mnt Hillers-Hanksville

Last day of the trip, plan was to explore southern Henry's, and attempt to connect with the Burr Trail (we never did) and head back to our hotel and car in Hanksville for the long drive home to Louisiana.

Somewhere around Mnt. Pennell pass:











Closing in on Mt. Hillers:



Mnt Hillers:






Mnt Holmes/Mnt Ellsworth in the distance:







Hitting a bit of pavement (UT 276) as we head back to Hanksville:





Last bit of dirt to pick up the empty gas can can we cached at Fairview Ranch Rd a few days ago...Hanksville, hotel, burgers and beer in the distance:



Short 10 min video highlights of parts of the trip. Next toy will be a helmet mounted video camera rather than the iPhone:



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Old 05-30-2010, 05:55 AM   #42
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Great Trip!

Would like your tracks if you would want to share them.
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Old 05-30-2010, 06:16 AM   #43
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Great Trip!

Would like your tracks if you would want to share them.
I don't have them, but I planned the trip following many of GPSKevin's routes. Simply click on any year where he did what he calls a "Roulette". He has pictures, descriptions, GPS tracks, etc. of 40 or more day trips in Utah, never repeating a single track.
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Old 05-30-2010, 06:54 AM   #44
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A most excellent report. The video at the end was icing on the cake. Thanks
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I don't have them, but I planned the trip following many of GPSKevin's routes.
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