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Old 10-04-2008, 05:57 PM   #1
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White Rim Fail



A buddy and I took a stab at the White Rim Trail on our GS's. Unfortunately, it kicked our asses. We hit some of the sand washes on the west side and they were DEEP! Up to 12 plus inches of talcom powder with ruts, etc. We only saw one other rider the whole time who was coming back on a GSA. He told us to turn around as it wasn't getting any better and a tow truck driver had helped him turn around. We thought discretion was the better part of valor and did so.

The next day we did go down the east side and that was a whole lot more fun. Still some challenges though.



Here is a little video of our exploits.





It was a really fun time.

A little bit of me


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Finished the video about our return through the San Juans and Ophir Pass.

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Old 10-04-2008, 05:59 PM   #2
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Not much you can do when you hit that deep powdery stuff..

Spectacular scenery

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Old 10-04-2008, 06:50 PM   #3
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Don't be afraid, it tastes great.
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Old 10-04-2008, 06:53 PM   #4
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I'm gald I made the right decision and passed it up when I was there a week or so ago.

There's always a next time....

Glad you made it out. It's a long way down there.
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Old 10-05-2008, 11:26 AM   #5
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Yep, there was some bad stuff, not anything that I would say warranted turning around when we were there in mid-September.....BUT, we weren't toting around quite as much weight as you guys.

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Old 10-05-2008, 11:27 AM   #6
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Oh yeah, if you want to read my write up of White Rim....It's in this ride report. It's the last day of the 4 days of riding, so you may want to skip ahead:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=388754

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Old 10-05-2008, 11:56 AM   #7
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At least you got to see some of it. It is doable on the GS so don't get discouraged. Now you know what to expect. We did it on 950's three years ago . Traveling clockwise allowed us to go down what would have been a real challenge of a climb in deep sand on the big bikes. Hopefully you will plan to hit it again and be successful one day.

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Old 10-05-2008, 12:11 PM   #8
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Definitely planning on doing it again. Was too much fun.

I am not sure we would have actually turned around had we not encountered someone on a GSA (the only other motorcyclist we saw in two days on the WRT) who told us it was not going to happen.

Even the next day back at the campground, we talked with another rider who agreed it was drier than he had ever seen it this late in the season and the sand was DEEP. I try and keep my ego going with that as well.

Anyone else think it was really dry this September?
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Old 10-05-2008, 12:13 PM   #9
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At least you got to see some of it. It is doable on the GS so don't get discouraged. Now you know what to expect. We did it on 950's three years ago . Traveling clockwise allowed us to go down what would have been a real challenge of a climb in deep sand on the big bikes. Hopefully you will plan to hit it again and be successful one day.

climbing was the worst. Going level was doable (if slow). It was trying to get my 1100gs to go up a few of the inclines that was a bitch. Hard to keep momentum and once stopped the rear just dug in. Looked like big jeep tracks made a lot of bad ruts too.
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Old 10-05-2008, 12:14 PM   #10
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P.S., we stopped and ate lunch the second day right where your 950s are pictured. (Little Bridges). Beautiful.
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Old 10-05-2008, 12:32 PM   #11
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P.S., we stopped and ate lunch the second day right where your 950s are pictured. (Little Bridges). Beautiful.
I just got back from WRT. I think you just ran into HomerJ's first rule of advice in the desert: don't listen to them, if they knew what they were doing they wouldn't be out in the desert.

There was only one lengthy deep sand section that was about 300 yrds long. It was mostly level but did kind of snake around a bit. If you go back you get some TKCs and try it again.

I'm in Denver, so if you want to PM me we can get together over a couple of beers and I'll tell you as much as I can think of.
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Old 10-05-2008, 12:34 PM   #12
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Cool video,....and choice of music.

Even though you guys turned back, it looks like you had a blast. It may have actually been a blessing, as maybe you ended up taking more time in the portion you did, instead of just blasting by it all....

If I do it again, I may camp on the trail and take a couple of days.

If you do get the opportunity to do it all, clockwise....at the end, where you join Mineral Bottom back towards 313, there are switchbacks similar to the ones on the way in, but you go up them....then blast about 15 miles of straightaway dirt heaven WOT back to 313.
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Old 10-05-2008, 04:03 PM   #13
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Hey, I'm the guy on the 525 at the campground who told you how soft the sand was this time of year. Later in the week, I ran into Eric, who is from Germany, and who is touring the Southwest on a borrowed R100RT. The bike was really beat to hell, and after chatting with him for a while, he revealed he had ridden the entire WRT the day before!!! It sounded like an ugly, grueling day, though. After dropping the bike a few times in the sand, Eric said," I sink to myzelf, zis is a mistake!" I wonder what the poor bastard who owns the bike will think when he sees it? Hey, you guys made a good choice- when it stops being fun, what's the point?
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Old 10-05-2008, 05:15 PM   #14
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Hey, I'm the guy on the 525 at the campground who told you how soft the sand was this time of year. Later in the week, I ran into Eric, who is from Germany, and who is touring the Southwest on a borrowed R100RT. The bike was really beat to hell, and after chatting with him for a while, he revealed he had ridden the entire WRT the day before!!! It sounded like an ugly, grueling day, though. After dropping the bike a few times in the sand, Eric said," I sink to myzelf, zis is a mistake!" I wonder what the poor bastard who owns the bike will think when he sees it? Hey, you guys made a good choice- when it stops being fun, what's the point?
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Ron,

Nice talking with you there. Thanks for helping us try and mend our egos. I think we ended up having a better time turning back and trying it the other way.

did you end up going through the San Juans? We did and I am going to post a little bit more of that in a few days. It was nice. We got a little more ego help by doing Ophir Pass in the snow.
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Old 10-05-2008, 05:22 PM   #15
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I just got back from WRT. I think you just ran into HomerJ's first rule of advice in the desert: don't listen to them, if they knew what they were doing they wouldn't be out in the desert.

There was only one lengthy deep sand section that was about 300 yrds long. It was mostly level but did kind of snake around a bit. If you go back you get some TKCs and try it again.

I'm in Denver, so if you want to PM me we can get together over a couple of beers and I'll tell you as much as I can think of.
yeah, sorry it didn't work out to meet up and take a go of it together. We were only a day or two behind you. I definitely am going to try it again, so I may take you up on that beer.
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