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Old 08-22-2014, 02:01 PM   #1
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Talking Salt Lake City: "ramble out yonder"

Having escaped Chicago...air out west is much sweeter....

The trials bike may need to be jetted for altitude....but still pulled me up on this sunset Skyline Trail test ride...






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Old 08-22-2014, 02:58 PM   #2
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sweet air....wait until winter and the inversions....yuk
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Old 08-22-2014, 03:22 PM   #3
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That's why we have high country - you can look down on the inversion.

EJ, is it an all trials tour? Waiting to see where you go.

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Old 08-22-2014, 03:37 PM   #4
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Salt Lake City: "ramble out yonder"

LOL...in the winter I will snowboard...inversion sucks, but not as badly as Chicago winters....

I'll ride my S-10 in early September. Not sure where. In the mean time the Beta will help cure the single-track fever.

Here are some more pics from the test ride:





Perspective deceives in photographs, yada yada yada: the steepest hill I've ever climbed and it looks so flat!





Next week, shown on the pic below, I'll ride with the Beta from the bucket list of trails that have defeated me with the KTM 500: Ben Lomond switchbacks. No dabs!





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Old 08-22-2014, 08:47 PM   #6
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Ben Lomond....my neck of the woods...
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:07 PM   #7
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Salt Lake City: "ramble out yonder"

Reporting from Ben Lomond:

I never get tired of this part of Skyline....I feel guilty riding this...





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More singletrack eye candy:







With the Beta the switchbacks up to Ben Lomond were like cheating:







Victory!



Okay, I did walk the bike up the last 25 feet to the peak...

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You checked off Donner Pass and Ben Lomond.

There's unfinished business on Stansbury Front Trail.
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That sure looks like the Starbucks in Tooele...

...which begs the question: Do you live in Tooele?
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Salt Lake City: "ramble out yonder"

Driving to the TH



TH:



This is the South Willow Canyon/Boy Scout TH for Stanbury. I went south toward the higher passes which were snowed-in last time we tried them two years ago.





I skipped this climb last time too. I am glad I did. It was pretty steep at the end...



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Jakbrand's shortcut to the right of this picture is still visible. Apparently wildlife is using it.














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It sprinkled on an off the whole way south. Gray skies, no true HDR & cheap lens of the iPhone camera made for uninteresting pictures.











Where is the turnaround?

Big Hollow, the southernmost TH for Stanbury. I only saw a group of 4 motos in the distance today, despite it being Labor Day weekend.






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Salt Lake City: "ramble out yonder"

I wasn't going to take pics on the way back, but skies began to open up:


















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