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Old 10-19-2010, 10:48 AM   #661
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Day 31: 8/6/10 Moab, UT White Rim Trail 146 miles



Last year, BigWan and I did the Long Canyon/Potash/Shafer Trail loop, and we liked it a lot.
The White Rim Trail made it onto our list for this year.

I canít tell if this screen capture is better or worse than the photo of the map that Iíll have later...
Hmm. okay, it's better.





If you want your own, you can get a WRT map PDF here: linky





Oh yeah, breakfast first.








I don't like waiting around at diners or cafes. Come on! We have
riding to do!
Grocery store brekkies are the best.








The morning light was wonderful in some directions, total crap in others.
Iíll show you the crap, later.
Have some wonderful:
















Riding the line between crap and wonderful...
(I just mean the lighting. I like this photo a lot).
















Not the best lighting, but at least the pretty parts stand out...







Okay, hereís some crap:





Dammit! If I had known that the Mineral Bottom switchbacks were going to be destroyed,
I would have tried so much harder to take nice photos of them.
I only took 2. TWO! and they are both awful.

And, this is after massaging them in Lightroom. The light was just too harsh.
Sorry.















We did the trail counterclockwise.
From Mineral Bottom to Hardscrabble to Murphyís (is it Murphy or Murphy's?) Hogback...


Not for any particular reason, thatís just how it happened.


As you are well aware by now, we suck at planning.
I wanted to try and read some ride reports about the WRT, but I mostly just looked at the photos ("oooh. pretty.") and not one scrap of information seeped in.

Except one.
I knew that there was a bathroom at the top of what seemed like the toughest part of the WRT.
I didnít even know what that section was called, but after doing research today, it looks like itís Murphy(Ďs) Hogback.

Anyway, I had read this ride report (Mishaps, Mountain Passes, and Moab...Six days of Wind, Water, Fire and Ice!) and this post, in particular, just cracked me up.
Poor Texas Jeff...


So, I told matt...
weíre looking for a long ascent with a bathroom at the top!




































Okay, where are we again?



Okay, thanks!



Sorry for the dark photo - it's that stupid light again.






We were blasting down this section (moímentum, people! itís your friend in the loose stuff)...
when we saw this snake, sunning himself.







He had a serious face!
Doesnít he look determined?





We moved him to a safer sunny spot so he wouldnít get run over...



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Old 10-19-2010, 11:24 AM   #662
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Day 31 continued...



The pretty factor started to pick up...








Hardscrabble sign.









I guess this is hardscrabble?









The views got nicer as we climbed.









I think this is my favorite photo of the day.
Love that little leaf-shaped island! Isn't it perfect?






All the hard rains and runoff had made the water a little yuckier-looking than before.
It sort of resembled chocolate milk.


I'm glad we didn't have to filter it through our poor water filter...























































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Old 10-19-2010, 12:15 PM   #663
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the White Rim Trail was washed out, something we really wanted to do. We didn't do it and I had a feeling we would regret it. I think we do regret it but conceded that it would be a reason to come back if we did have any regrets of not doing something. Already thinking about a weeks trip back to Colorado next year to do some more of the passes. I think Moab is on the bucket list also. For any of you FF out there thinking about something like this, Just do it!
I planned on doing it in September but canceled. An entire switchback washed out and will be closed indefinitely. The Rangers are not accepting any camping reservations on the White Rim this year or next year. Total Bummer.
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Old 10-19-2010, 02:19 PM   #664
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Total Bummer.
Aw, Moraflex...that sucks.
But, Geek had some promising news at the end of that thread...







Day 31 continued...



Not much to say...
We made good time, though we were trying REALLY hard to ride slower and enjoy the scenery.

The roads were in decent shape and had soaked up the recent rains with ease.
It was actually the perfect time to ride - no dust.
Not that it matters when youíre by yourself...we rarely notice dust.





















We thought it would be nice to get a pic on the edge of this cliff.
I waited while BigWan rode over.
He looks so teeny out there!

























The rocks had an interesting marbled surface.


























We had to really force ourselves to stop and take photos.
It's not a race, right??
Think, scenic tour. Leisurely pace.
Slooooooow....
haha, just seeing if you're paying attention. It's a slow loris, apparently?




Slow down and smell the...rocks.
I liked these big ones, so I walked over to the edge to get a better angle.

















Flying saucer rocks.









Close up.






Up next - Murphy's Hogback video...


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Old 10-19-2010, 04:06 PM   #665
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Day 31 continued...




I asked BigWan to stop here so I could take a photo.
(I think Iím pushing my glasses up in that pic. Or blocking the glare?)






He said, ďhey, look up there - I think this might be that spot with the rock steps...Ē
Really?
Okay, I havenít done any video in a while.
I guess weíll know itís the right spot if thereís a bathroom at the top...





Haha. Is there an echo in here?
I make a little noise at 18 sec. but I'm not sure why. Probably because a rock hit me or something.

Well, while weíre here...





Hereís the section we just rode up.








Looking down at the steps.








I donít think Iíve taken a photo of the bike in a while.
Bob! Look away!









Not yet, Bob...







Okay, youíre safe now. Whew.
(Bob told me not to put any more 990 pics. They make him feel sad. Get better, Bob!)

















This was another rocky step-type section. It doesn't show up very well in this pic...



























These rocks remind me of African Ndebele Dolls.








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Old 10-19-2010, 05:48 PM   #666
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make a little noise at 18 sec. but I'm not sure why. Probably because a rock hit me or something


Yea there LW, about the same time for me also, like when I saw the steps, I let out a little " OH F !!!"

I tried to slow the video down so I could see BW's line but did not happen

Once again , many will chime in on how impressed we are with the two of you , the RR and the riding!!!

keep 'em coming, gale
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Old 10-19-2010, 05:54 PM   #667
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Nice landscapes, but there is something fuzzy right in the middle of them.

Last year when we rode it that step was pretty "squared" off, looks like the 990 really tore it up and now there are pieces missing.
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Old 10-19-2010, 06:45 PM   #668
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I've seen a few pictures of folks dumping their bikes going up or down those steps on the white rim trail by the bathroom. I love how you two on a "big bike" loaded for touring and two-up just blasted up the thing..
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Old 10-19-2010, 06:52 PM   #669
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Hey, those venison pics are coming up today!
I'll be able to post as soon as I kick my sister out...

Thank you for the great RR!

Does your sister like to ride motorcycles?

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Old 10-19-2010, 07:40 PM   #670
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keep 'em coming, gale
Hi Gale! And, once again, thank you for reading this thing and cheering us on!

Can you tell I’m really sad that the colorado part of our RR is over?
I hope I can hold it together for the next 11 days...

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Nice landscapes, but there is something fuzzy right in the middle of them.
Oh, speaking of sad, here’s Bob... Hi, bob - hope that wasn’t too painful.

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I love how you two on a "big bike" loaded for touring and two-up just blasted up the thing..
Hi CapCal1000! Thanks, except that we were UNLOADED for the white rim.
You can see that the bike was naked in the photos further down the page - 3rd and 4th photos under the video
(well, naked except for a couple gallons of water - we aren't totally irresponsible ).

But, yeah, it would have been exactly the same - even with all the luggage. And a bundle of firewood.






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Philip
Haha, nice try, Phillip! I don't pimp out my sister.

(But, I'm glad you like the RR )





Day 31 continued...











































































































Oh, I had the best photo of BigWan doing interpretive dance on the arch, but he's still mad at me for the 1993 hair/leaning tower of pisa picture...
So, no dice.
















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Old 10-19-2010, 09:16 PM   #671
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Let me guess. You two did the WRT about 6 hours faster than me.
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:12 PM   #672
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Im loving this! you guys are awesome, i dont think i could have taken that step up that fast by myself. Amazing pics of moab, much better than mine. Perhaps a photography class is in order for me
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Not only are they flying up that section, but Little Wan is using one hand to film the event . I have huge respect for Big Wan, but you girl, have some mad skills of your own riding on the back
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:18 AM   #674
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Dude, that is an awesome picture!!


I have no idea how I got there, but I saw all of the same places when I rode the WRT and the river was on my left.
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Old 10-20-2010, 09:24 AM   #675
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Let me guess. You two did the WRT about 6 hours faster than me.
Haha, Oh, dave. I doubt that. We were in our relaxed, sightseeing mode.
I have a photo of Norm coming up...I think you'll be surprised.
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i dont think i could have taken that step up that fast by myself. Perhaps a photography class is in order for me
hey zeroblah! Oh, we're stupid. And, thatís why we need a new front wheel...

as far as photos - I really don't know anything.
And I am so lazy, I just skate by with what has worked so far, instead of learning anything new.

I have seen these 2 posts but I haven't used the info, so don't blame either one of these guys for my shortcomings!
They both know what they are talking about, though.

EnderTheX has a really good post on what he does to his photos, with before and after pics.
He has suggestions for a cheaper (free?) alternative to Lightroom, too.
Read about the magic, in this post, here.

Dave6253 up there also has an excellent post on how to adjust photos - also with really good before and after examples.
I use Lightroom (because thatís where Matt put all of our photos - he's the photographer in the family),
but I only know how to do a couple of things - bump the blacks and adjust exposure.
It helps a lot!

I donít know if a photography class is necessary - try reading those posts and then shoot a ton of pictures and fiddle with them.
Youíll be surprised what a difference it can make.
Also read about composition and practice cropping photos.
I donít do it consciously, but I know that all those art classes must have had an effect on how I like my pics to look.
I try and frame the pics nicely as I shoot, but since we're moving...

We only have a 7.1 megapixel point and shoot and I have it set to take photos in medium quality,
but more pixels and higher quality photos would allow you to have more options for cropping.
I always kick myself when I'm trying to zoom in on an elk or something.

Anyways, play around with your Moab pics, you might have better shots than you think!



Day 31 concluded...




By the end of the trail, we were getting red rocked-out.
















I do really like these knobby pinnacles.
I'm sure there's a better name for them, but that's what I call them.







They look friendly, don't they?















These remind me of giant clams.








I guess this pool is for collecting Potash (is it POT - ash or POE - tash?
We always pronounced it POE tash, for potassium.
But, we've also heard it POT ash, because it was collected by evaporating water in pots and the residue was called "pot ash."
Man, halfway through typing that out, I realized that I don't really care...







Giant rock that everyone takes funny pics under/against/next to. We were too lazy.







Since we did the Shafer switchbacks last year, and because we knew Long Canyon was jacked up, we exited the park on Potash Road.
Bye, Canyonlands!
Bye, pinnacle guys!








We swung by the UPS Store and picked up our new tires.
The people there were nice - we had 2 packages signed for and held, but they still only charged $5.







Went back to the Bowen Motel. We really liked this place.
Everyone, especially the other guests, was super nice and friendly.
Lots of international visitors, particularly from Italy.
We had some funny broken English/pantomimed moto conversations with a couple of the Italian guys.

BigWan and I had a great time in Italy when we did our 2up tour (1993), so it helped to be able to pull some place names out of our butts. Yoink!
They loved that we knew some of their pretty roads.
I only wish I knew some Italian.









The Bowen Motel is bike friendly - look at this great bike wash area! And they provide rags, too.
We totally lucked into finding this place.







So, when BigWan was getting ready to put on our new tires, he made a startling (scary) discovery...
Our rear axle nut was loose! REALLY loose. He was able to take it off by hand, with one twist.
HOLY SHIT!



He hadn't checked it since putting on new tires in Helena, MT - over 2700 miles ago!
I guess all that bouncing around in the rocks really loosened things up...
Wow.
It's a miracle that the back end didn't fall apart on us. Especially during our time zooming around Canyonlands.
Wouldn't THAT have been a mess!

*shudder*
Thank you, Coney!






So, once again it was too early for new tires.
We were just guessing when we picked spots for delivery, and we didn't want to get stuck out in the middle of nowhere, waiting for UPS to show up.
We had to spend an extra day in Moab as it was.
Better Moab, than Battle Mountain, NV or something.

It was a bit extravagant, having 3 sets of tires for this trip, but I thought it was worth it.
Piece of mind and all that.
We might have been able to do it with 2 sets, but it was making my brain hurt trying to work out the timing for that.
Also, you see how we ride...
better safe than sorry!


New D908 rear...







Motorcycle Superstore screwed us up on the front tire.
They were out of the pirelli Scorpion Rally front that Matt had come to adore, so we ordered a 606 (dunlop).
Then, the 606 was out of stock or something and they messed up the shipping.

Anyway, the 606 had been matt's favorite front, but now he really prefers the Scorp. Rally front.
Although he stresses he has not had a chance to try out the SR front when he's alone. Y'know, REALLY riding.
I think he's going to do a gear wrap up at the end of the RR, so you can ask him more, then.


Dunlop 606 front.







Look, I have all kinds of stuff for you guys today!
I went back and found the weather report for the day we rode the WRT.
We were done by 1:15 pm, I think. So it wasn't too warm at all - 90 ish?







I always forget about these guys, but Weather Underground is chock full of information.
I think I did "weather history" for moab to find that stuff.




Norm.



Uh, Norm? Are you feeling okay?
BigWan was going fast, but not that fast... WTF?


Anyway, that 146 miles was door to door - from our motel room, through the WRT, back to our motel room.

Five hours of riding, 2.25 hours of sitting around.
That includes breakfast, gas station x2 (leaving town, entering town), stopping for pics, picking up the tires, washing the bike...
(I always forget to take Norm's photo...)


We did run out of gas, though.
Right when we were heading back into Moab.
Not a big deal, because there was some gas in our 2 into 1 tank, but we were surprised.
The bike gets lousy milage to start with, but when Matt's on the gas...

I guess he'll talk about the 2 into 1 tank in that gear report at the end...



Okay, so that was Moab.

I thought I had more time, but crap - Black Dragon Wash is up next!
(well, Green River is next, but BDW is on day 32)

Man, the TAT flies...




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I have huge respect for Big Wan, but you girl, have some mad skills of your own riding on the back
Aw, thanks!
We just have so much fun out there! It's nice to share it with you guys.
The hand held video is pretty bouncy and hard to watch sometimes, but it's different.
I like it better than helmet cam stuff. It seems more true to life.

I really need a tougher point and shoot.
Some day, we're going to eat it and the camera is going to have to tell the story of what the hell happened...




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