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Old 08-16-2013, 06:11 AM   #376
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WOW! Looks like you could tumble all the way down to the valley floor if you had an issue on that single track. How high above the valley are you in those pics?
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:31 PM   #377
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Yep, it's a scary trail, but not as scary as the ones we encountered in Idaho… The retention pond in the valley floor is at 4,200 feet. We were riding at 8,200 feet.
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:07 PM   #378
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SaltWash Aug 2013 Day 1 (part 2)

My last Skyline pic...



Coming down from the Skyline Trail I the bike a couple of times…so that makes it about six drops in that bailout trail from Skyline…all in different locations from those 3 rides there…

Here we are in Logan already at our favorite gas station...jakbrand donates an unused switch from his KTM, I go begging for electrical cable from, what do you know, a Cable TV guy who was fueling his van, a-rider hooks-up the switch to my throttle cable and I now can control the radiator fan manually. jakbrand has detailed pictures of the fix



This was the season for wheat harvest, so as we approach the next set of mountains, many of the fields on the valley's were golden…unreal…



Here we are, the first of many gates this week…



Crossing the UT-ID border somewhere around here…



And on our way to another spectacular trail, Oxford Ridge…



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Old 08-17-2013, 03:05 AM   #379
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SaltWash Aug 2013 Day 1 (part 3)

The only technical section in Oxford Ridge is this one climb:





jakbrand shows off a bit…



then keeps climbing, never stopping, off the trail and to the summit of the ridge…



…a-rider and I would not see him for a looong while after this shot…

One of several glamour shots of my bike this trip. "Why is your bike always on your pictures?" asks my wife…that's the whole point I say, the bike. Anybody can take a landscape shot. The bike gives meaning to the landscape…it's an inmate thing.



a-rider and I traded pics on our way down the saddle of Oxford Peak…




…then kept riding up to the peak, to the left of the picture above, then waited for several minutes for jakbrand to catch up with us. Hearing nothing, we then re-traced our tracks to the saddle and beyond looking for him. Nothing. So we went all the way back to where we last saw him. Nothing. Went back to the ridge overlooking the saddle. Nothing. Went back to where we last saw him. Nothing. Was he behind us or ahead of us? We couldn't remember with certainty. Did he fall over the cliff on the ridge? Bike trouble? Decided to go back to town? Where was jakbrand? We then went back to the ridge overlooking the saddle checking over the cliff to the east to see if he had fallen. Nothing…

I took this pic of a-rider going back for a third time as I waited. I was thinking, well, jakbrand died doing what he loved…



then I heard the noise of his KTM putting coming from the saddle up to where I was. Turns out he watched from the saddle our movements trying to figure out why the hell we were riding back and forth.

Well, at least I got the shot of the day as a-rider was coming back from his last attempt at finding jakbrand…a prelude of things to come…



With the sun rapidly setting, shortly after the above picture we looked for a camping spot and called it a day.
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:04 AM   #380
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Crap!

Just when I'm finally caught up on the thread......

Killer adventure you guys are on! Thanks for bringing us all with you.

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Old 08-17-2013, 10:25 AM   #381
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Skyline Trail

A few more images from our final lap of thrilling Skyline Trail before heading north to find sweet Idaho singletrack.


climbing up from Pineview Reservoir



heading toward Ben Lomond Peak



descending into North Ogden Canyon



ET investigates the source of a boil over after a switchback ascending to Ben Lomond. The radiator cooling fan is not turning on.


A-Rider on a 380 Husaberg



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Old 08-17-2013, 10:48 AM   #382
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A-Rider bypassed the faulty thermoswitch

and temporarily fixed ET's boiling.




looking west over Willard Bay to Promontory Mountains in the background



Looking southwest into Ogden



looking east toward Liberty and Wolf Creek Ski Resort


final descent on Skyline Trail



I savored every mile of Skyline Trail because I'm not certain if I will be back this way anytime soon.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:02 AM   #383
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Manual fan switch install

was next on the docket.




A-Rider applied his magic tools to an old toggle switch, a bit of wire and a few zip ties.



A-Rider instructed ET to flick on the switch at the bottom of every hill. It worked perfectly all the way to Spokane.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:08 AM   #384
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Good bye Utah,

Hello Idaho!

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Old 08-17-2013, 11:38 AM   #385
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The view from Oxford Ridge

reminds me of the view from an airplane, unobstructed in every direction.




Although the two track is easy to ride the many intersections can lead to misdirection.



Oxford Ridge



Oxford Ridge



The hour was approaching 8 o'clock on treeless Oxford Ridge. The exposed ridge offers less than ideal camping so we descended into wooded Oxford Basin for a more suitible campsite.

A successful first day for three amigos on SALT WASH 2013. A-rider presents ET with a well earned official SALT WASH 2013 badge.

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Old 08-17-2013, 12:59 PM   #386
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Izzat a pee bottle? I thought only real live truckers used those things!

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Old 08-18-2013, 03:18 AM   #387
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let me explain the bottle…It's extra virgin olive oil! One of the several luxuries I carry. Since I prepare my own dehydrated meals instead of buying commercial brands like Mountain House, I need to add fat, otherwise the meal would be mostly protein and a few carbs. At about 120 carbs per tablespoon, adding three to four gets me around 360 to 480 of much needed fat-based calories. And since I 'm not an elite rider like a-rider, I waste a lot of energy on the super technical sections, especially if I drop the bike…and the last thing I want is to "hit the wall" before finishing the10 to 12 hours of daily riding. It's an awful feeling to hit the wall on the trail…

Plus, we found olive oil pretty handy for other chores, like for getting that last bit of bead lubed so the tire can easily be mounted on the rim, or getting the zipper of my GiantLoop lubed. I guess in an emergency I can also top-off my engine oil.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:51 AM   #388
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hi ejtv,
beautiful ride report you have, i'm subscribed
do you believe that a 690R would stand those trails or you need a lighter bike like yours?

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Old 08-19-2013, 11:23 AM   #389
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You guy's were in my back yard on that Utah/Idaho border and Oxford peak stretch. Good riding in that area and never crowded.
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:20 PM   #390
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...do you believe that a 690R would stand those trails or you need a lighter bike like yours?….
690 would be too big and heavy for technical single track in these mountains, at least for my skill level. Many times I wish I had my trials bike instead of the 500 EXC…
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