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Old 11-08-2010, 12:02 PM   #151
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YOu got some skills there Ned


Add you to the list of guys I can't keep up with


Great ride report guys. Love Moab. Seeing the pix I can see the whole trail in my minds eye..."Ohhhh, I know right where they are!"
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:52 PM   #152
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My photos seem to be getting crappier and crappier, but here are just a few more and then I'm done.



I left my mark at Hell's Revenge. Ouch.



Clipper contemplates riding Devil's Highway Hot Tub



And Gregor orders the small cinnamon bun for breakfast.
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:00 PM   #153
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Nice report guys.

You picked the perfect time of year for Moab.
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:07 PM   #154
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While I would agree you don't NEED a trials tire to ride in Moab...why WOULDN'T you run a trials tire??
I had mixed feelings about the trials tire. Clipper swore by it so I went with one and for some reason it was all over the place. Even on hard dirt the tire made my bike weave like a drunken sailor. I get that they do that a little but no one else's did it as bad as mine. John's Husa had one and his bike tracked fine. I think my tire must have had a broken bead or been defective.

I swapped it back out for the knobby after two days and I was sort of blown away how much worse the knobby was. I took the trials tire's traction for granted and the knobby was awful. It slid all over the rock, it never really hooked up and it was worse in the sand believe it or not. I'm going to get another and see since I think mine was a bad one but the traction was pretty amazing.

I can see why Ned wouldn't want one as he's basically scorching the tire all the time but I liked the ability to ride huge off cambers with grip. It also made slower moves much easier so there was less attacking. If I hadn't swapped back it wouldn't have been so obvious but I do think it's a great tire for Moab.

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Old 11-09-2010, 05:54 AM   #155
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I woke up Saturday morning on a mission.

The owner of the shop I buy my bikes and parts from (KTM of Aspen- the best guys, they are super knowledgeable, keep everything in stock, and are as passionate about riding as I am) was riding in another favorite place of mine so I was off to meet him.

The ride there is through a clay area that changes every time I ride there. The only trails that last are the ridge top runs, which are like powder skiing- you have to be really quick and responsive, because you never know what's coming next.







Stitching it together is very satisfying, and despite the near freezing temperatures, I was not the least bit cold.

When the ridges run out, you grab some service roads, this one was built this spring and already shows why you have to be on your game:



An old railroad tunnel:



I met up with Mike as planned, and we took off. We started riding some of the old favorites, and then, at the same time, we both said "let's go exploring". Neither of us had ridden the trails that are on the far North end of this area to their conclusion, so off we went to find some new stuff.

Mike used to be a Camel Trophy competitor, so exploring comes naturally to him. Soon we were on a well used cow track following a little stream, fortunately cows have similar terrain requirements to dirtbikes, so they don't often go places we can't follow.



The cattle trail was working well, and we both remarked at how surprised we were by how orderly it was.

Maybe we shouldn't have been. We came around a corner to see an Obelisk marking a grave:



The dates on the grave are 1877 to 1919.

It is a really beautiful spot. We both remarked that we wouldn't mind being laid to rest here, with a dirtbike for company of course, just in case there are loamy turns in the afterlife.

Of course this only piqued our curiosity, so we headed on around the corner and came out at an abandoned settlement.







None of my pictures do it justice- there are about 10-12 houses, corrals, stone supply rooms, stone benches, even still some pots hanging on walls.

When you are in such a place, you can't help but spend some time thinking about how life must have been. We imagined this was a mormon spot, maybe each wife had a house, who knows? It's great to let your imagination run around for a while on these things.

All of the buildings were made out of Pine, which doesn't grow within quite a few miles of here. Whoever lived here, they did some trading!

We enjoyed some good dark chocolate under the shade of a cottonwood, and then started to find our way out out. To me, all good rides have a little exploration in them, and this was a great one. We even found a new section of abandoned road:



After a late lunch, I parted company with Mike and took off for Grand Junction.



Not much left:



I love the detritus left over from another era:





I made it back to Grand Junction just at nightfall, just shy of 500 miles done over the last 3 days, and lots of smiles. I love these rides, where I follow my nose with not too much of a plan, not too much preparation, and just have to use my wits to make it work. It's an elemental feeling of freedom, I think, and it was worth the beating I'm now taking for the work I did not do back home.
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:29 AM   #156
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On A Mission. Neduro! Great report, great ride and great photographs! This is the essence of the Adventure spirit. Your economy of words and wealth of images let's me fill in the blanks...

Thanks for posting.
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:40 PM   #157
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I've often wondered what the riding was like in Moab. This confirms my suspicions and now I'll have to go. Damn it!
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:03 PM   #158
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Well written, great shots, and a cool tale overall. Nice to catch you on the phone the other day Ned!

Snowing here now, it was fun to visit the desert through this report.
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Old 11-09-2010, 03:37 PM   #159
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I've often wondered what the riding was like in Moab. This confirms my suspicions and now I'll have to go. Damn it!

NAH!

Just move here! It is a great place to live, keep out of Moab itself (way too hot!) but Utah is a lovely state.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:42 PM   #160
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Here's a little vid of James and I, on Saturday, Oct 30...Just outside Grand Junction...A couple local ADV guys (Jim and Frank) showed us around...

They don't make hills like this in New Jersey ...(or anywhere on the east coast)

This was our warm up ride...Unedited version...


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Old 11-10-2010, 04:32 PM   #161
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Nice vid, dude!
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:35 PM   #162
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Flanny, how about some Flanny-vision! Give us something to watch.

p.s. and please post an updated hand photo. Is it still hugely swollen?
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:13 AM   #163
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Flanny, how about some Flanny-vision! Give us something to watch.

p.s. and please post an updated hand photo. Is it still hugely swollen?

I'll post some stuff up this weekend. And yes - the hand is still pretty swolen, and seems to hurt more and more each day.

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Old 11-11-2010, 07:17 AM   #164
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I'll post some stuff up this weekend. And yes - the hand is still pretty swolen, and seems to hurt more and more each day.

Looks like I signed a little bit of artwork for your office wall, but I really think this deserves some space on the wall.

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Old 11-11-2010, 02:46 PM   #165
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Eh?

Wow! Great report & pics. Looks like you guys had a blast.
Reading the report kinda begs a question though as that you all wore dresses.
Where you guys sharing rooms? Sleeping together? Hmm...
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