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Old 08-24-2010, 07:21 PM   #1
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Around the Great Salt Lake and got stuck so it became a two dayer

Ok so after looking at others threads a couple of times...

And reading about the route ElmerC did on the Utah BMW GS thread, and getting the GPX file from him, MSH and myself set out with extra fuel and a purpose. I also brought camping gear with the plan of staying at Desert mountain in the middle of the salt flats. This ended up being fortunate as you will see in the end of this thread.

MSH got a litte nervous as we got to Corrine and we both pounded down a Gatorade bottle and filled it up with some extra gas.



BMW gets a drink.

We stopped at Promontory point for a few pictures of the trains and then we were off. It was primarily very loose gravel roads in mostly straight lines with high speeds. You go so fast for so long (because it is an old train track) that you don't slow down enough when you finally hit a corner, because it feels like you did slow down a lot and inevitably end up sliding off of some of the corners.

Trains.

Golden spike trains

This sign said it all. So we had to stop and take a picture of it.

Roads for Adventure

After that we found some open space to play and take pictures.

Riding in the desert

BMW

My grin...

Close up

Speed

Riding the 1150 BMW GS accross the desert

Riding the 800 BMW GS accross the desert

Riding the 1150 BMW GS accross the desert

Riding the 800 BMW GS accross the desert

Riding the 1150 BMW GS accross the desert

BMW

BMW 1150 GS in the Utah Desert

After riding to the northern most part of the GSLake we ran into this testing area. I think it is a bombing area for the Air Force. I think this because of the A 10s flying over head however they could have been going to the bombing range on the south end of the lake. But who knows...

A 10 Thunderbolt

I do know it was fun to ride in to.

Real ADV roads

And to ride out of.

Jump the BMW 800 GS

BMW at the North of the Great Salt Lake

BMW

We then went through a bunch of ghost towns on the West side of the GSLake. We stopped for some food and pictures of the cemetery. Which ironically is the only thing really left standing.

BMW

Tomb Stone in Utah

Tomb stone of wood.

Graves in the Utah desert.

Ghost Towns in Utah

After that it was time to work our way home so in with the gas.
MSH aptly named this the GS's last drink.

The last drink.

Then with a little detour we road a very very long straight road along side the current train to Nevada until we got to the island in the middle of the salt flats called Desert Mountain I think. Anyway it is where the Newfoundland mines used to be. We road the trails for a while and spooked up some Desert Sheep. They were really amazing.

Utah desert sheep

Then we went and roamed until we found some mines.

(Ya I see you too)

Mine in the middle of nowhere.

Looking back from where we came it was time to leave.

Desert Mountain

Then on the way home we went through Delle and that is where we split. I went for gas and MSH went home. After gas I thought "hey I might just follow the frontage road for a while." Eventually I ran out of frontage road and was just over landing it. I was following some dirt bike trails which turned out to be a bad idea, since my GS weighs about twice that of a dirt bike with my camping gear on it. I went through maybe 6 different patches of that salt covered mud surfing along the powdery sand with no problem, until I went through a little patch of green bushes. I remember thinking to myself I bet there is water under those bushes feeding them so I speed up and then suddenly I begin to sink. I upped the throttle looking to the other side for freedom and that only hurt my situation and I sank some more putting myself well in the middle of the mush.

It is about 730PM and after digging for about an hour I took this picture as I laughed at my situation. I went wondering in the bushes to find anything I could dig with, but all I found was a little stick that looked like a survey stake. There is nothing out there but mud sage brush beer bottles and evil salt covered clay calling your name down into the abyssss.


Mud

That night after tipping that beast over and spinning it on the piston to point it in a different direction then picking it up with the piston acting like a suction cup in the mud, this is as far as I made it in two and half hours. So I try it again and move about a foot then back into the mud it goes.

Mud 2

The next morning after a night of drying, the mud around my tire cracked and kind of turned into dry cold silly puddy, so it gave me traction... I kept the tire engaged, did not let it spin and that barely gave me enough speed to get my pig out of the mud.

Mud 3

My camp the day after.

Mud 4

The next day I headed towards Knolles on the frontage trail and hit some deep sand and dumped it twice. Since I was so exhausted from the night before and that morning I barely got the bike up and I had had enough. So I went home and wrote up the story of my mini epic adventure.

So who wants to go with me next time???
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:45 PM   #2
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Nice adventure, nice recovery!
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:05 PM   #3
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Nice adventure, nice recovery!
Hey thanks. I am just glad I had planned on camping anyway when I finally got stuck.
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Old 08-25-2010, 08:11 PM   #4
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Nice! It's all part and parcel of the adventure
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Old 08-25-2010, 08:19 PM   #5
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Cool!

great pics!
I hope to get there soon.
(not the mud)
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Old 08-26-2010, 07:24 AM   #6
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Cool!

great pics!
I hope to get there soon.
(not the mud)
Let me know when your here and I will show you where NOT to go...
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:50 PM   #7
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Let me know when your here and I will show you where NOT to go...

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Old 08-29-2010, 09:09 AM   #8
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Did the sheep all have ear tags? I guess that's Mr. T on the left?

You must have a strong back to wrestle that pig out of the mud by yourself. Good Job.

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Old 08-29-2010, 11:26 AM   #9
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Cool trip and pictures.
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:59 PM   #10
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Did the sheep all have ear tags? I guess that's Mr. T on the left?

You must have a strong back to wrestle that pig out of the mud by yourself. Good Job.

I had a strong back. It about killed me lifting that thing especially since my feet would just slide out every time I tried to pick it up. But I want to go again just not to the muddy part.
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Cool trip and pictures.
Thanks StinkyCheese Man!!!
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