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Old 11-08-2010, 09:27 AM   #1
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Kokopelli 2010

My trip from Rabbit Valley to Moab via Kokopelli.
145 miles one way
I left solo, no one else wanted to try this with me.
There are many bail out points, commitment for this ride is less than many long rides.

I began at what I thought was 7, but being daylight savings, turned out to be 8. The day was getting off to a bad start. One hour behind before engine turned on...

The trail is extremely well marked.

The trail is mostly dirt road.
There is a section of single track north of Dewey bridge that is offlimits to moto, im not sure why, it is very rideable... This is not it.

Mile 15
Crazy canyons are everywhere. See the little single track down low? Next time...

Mile 44
View of La Sal mountains in distance. Kokopelli trail goes just to right side of snow capped peaks, a long ways away. The trail is actually mostly road. A fast road. There are many sections of 5th and 6th gear.

Mile 49
Looking at Dewey bridge from above.

In the first hour I had a flat...

Not very many miles...
Lesson #110: Bring extra CO2 and skip the dinky pump(see it on rim)

Rosegarden Hill is the main challenge on this ride.

Mile 95
I rode down this. The line is somewhere in the middle.
Going up is a lot harder and the only real challenging section of all 145 miles. I rode up this last spring, it was very hard. Alone and tired on the return, I opted to avoid it.

Looking down from the same spot

If this section were slightly improved, the other direction(from Moab to Fruita) would be much more enjoyable.

Heavy rains caused some major washouts. This is the trail or lack of.

Mile 100

Same place, sideview

There is an easy way around.

The last section of bowling ball single track linking La Sal loop road with Sand Flats.
Amazing section

Mile 122

All trips to Moab have to include Milts. Rootbeer whip and tater tots!

Mile 145

The trip took 5 hours one way with my flat. Without the flat is would have been around 4+ with very little stopping and minimal route finding.
I returned via pavement because of my delays and lack of planning(no more tubes or patch kit=dumb)
I got another flat on the return even on the pavement and discoverd my crankcase had lost all its oil!
So i stuck my thumb out, hitched to Rabbit Valley and returned to recover bike.
Next time ill leave earlier in the springtime when there is more daylight.
Heading north to link up Rabbit Valley to Kokopelli to Moab then through Green River and Book Cliffs looks possible but far. 300+ miles all on trails and dirt.
Any takers?
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:32 PM   #2
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LOTS of rain/washouts this year in Southern Utardia.

4 flats
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:22 PM   #3
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Damn, no trails like that in New Hampshire.
Nice pics and great bike.
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:47 PM   #4
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Ooooooh, I was waiting for the Rose Garden Hill photos!

It's very hard to show just how steep that section is - like you say, going up [on a bike] would be nightmare these days, it's so loose and broken up...

Good job we were going downhill too (this was in September):

Looks like you had a fantastic time!

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Old 11-08-2010, 10:49 PM   #5
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That dewey bridge shot is great!

The flat tire, not so great

Thanks for sharing your ride.
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Old 11-09-2010, 01:22 PM   #6
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I WANTED to go but unlike the dog I didn't feel comfortable leaving my 7 year old son at home by himself with a dish full of food. Count me in for your next trip out there!

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Old 11-09-2010, 02:31 PM   #7
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That's one tough ride

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Old 11-10-2010, 10:12 PM   #8
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Really cool!

I live in Cali but my in-laws live in Grand Junction. I was wondering if it was possible to make that trip between GJ and Moab. I want to get back out there with my bike and check out some trails!
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:35 AM   #9
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Nice pics. Where was the first one taken? I don't recognize the mopuntain in the background but I do see what appears to be a steep single track trail up the side of it.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:00 PM   #10
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The picture was taken from the la sal loop road, looking down the single trackish trail leading to sand flats road. It is one of the best section of trail.
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:26 PM   #11
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Very cool. Thanks for sharing. The hill does not look GS'able.
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Old 11-13-2010, 03:35 PM   #12
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Only GSable if you enjoy working on your bike or have a pro deal with touratech
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