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Old 02-23-2013, 09:32 PM   #526
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yeah, you found some warm weather.....

cool pics, really enjoyed them.

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Old 02-24-2013, 08:39 AM   #527
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Very cool

RRR great shots on day 4....as usual, thanks for the tour!
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:46 AM   #528
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Index of Rides on Page 1

Updated the index of rides on Page 1 with the San Diego road trip. Lots of inmates messaging about about riding possibilities around St. George. Index plus a Benchmark map and a look at a few pics should give a pretty good indication of terrain, scenery, etc. Add a pic up here if you find yourself in a similar place with your camera.

Thanks for all the recent star votes. Mrs. RedRockRider says "hi" to all the imaginary internet friends.

Thanks for checking in -- G19Tony, TheAdmiral, samthg, NSFW, ringokelly. Good to see familiar inmates riding along.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:54 AM   #529
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You are way to organized!

I have been watching your thread plus weather trying to plan an assault on The Wave, hopefully in the next 4-6 weeks.

Thanks again to you and the family for all the great trips and information.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:04 PM   #530
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2013 Flying Monkey Adventure Rally, July 18-21

Looks like I'll be on an airplane headed to Costa Rica, but this promises to be a good time . . .

Inmate GeoMoto (Jesse) is the primary ring leader. Here's the link:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...3#post20662653

Home base is Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, on the east side of Zion National Park. Good summer base for camping and riding. Lots of great dirt and pavement options: Bryce, Zion, North Rim, Brian Head, Duck Creek, Lake Powell . . .

GeoMoto may have a few prelim rides in April, May, June . . .
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:00 AM   #531
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Hey RRR,

Just went through your Toroweap thread #92. That looks just like what my brother and I want to do in June. From 89-94, I was a Grand Canyon Tour Pilot. I operated out of Las Vegas in Cessna 207's and 402's. Some of these spots were on the tour that I would give as we flew above the rim. It will be neat to see them close up.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:10 PM   #532
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Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Scenic Backway

A few pics from a ride with Dad about a week ago. The Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Scenic Backway is west of St. George. I frequently ride in this area. Lots of variations possible. Index of rides on page 1 lists many similar rides (ex. Post #95 and Post #411). Benchmark maps included.


We took pavement to the Shivwits Indian Reservation, then started in on the dirt portion of the scenic backway.




Feels good to be back on the WRR and on dirt after all the pavement miles on the Versys to San Diego. Beautiful views of layered rock. Pine Valley Mountain in background. Red cliffs of Ivins behind bike.




Always good to be out with Dad!




New tires on Dad's bike. Original tires were getting thin at 5-6 K miles.




Cows, swimming pools, and tumbleweed - Utah style.




Mirror shot. Scenery near Bulldog Canyon. Backside of Utah Hill. Near Old Highway 91.




Well maintained dirt road.




Joshua Trees appear as you drop elevation. This is very edge of the Mojave Desert. Furthest point north which supports Joshua Tree growth.




Stark, vast scenery. Red jacket looks good. Always liked this type of pic.




We cut off on a side road, heading south towards an established dirt road cutting back towards Cedar Pocket in the Virgin River Gorge. Initially the side road was fine. Just as Dad and I remember from several years ago.




We cross a few gates, and the "road" deteriorates significantly. We had fun picking our way down the wash for a while.




Dad in a smoother section of the wash.




Eventually the wash got rougher and ledges were starting to develop. This little short-cut road was never in good shape. It followed the bottom of a contour. Strong floods from 1-2 years ago washed out a paved section of Old Highway #91 near here. Also lots of rain/erosion damage in St. George.

This road was a casualty of those floods, or at least it appeared that way to us. No maintenance. And part of the road was now gated by Arizona. Utah tends not to gate anything.

Rather then continue to pick our way downstream, we turned and headed back out to smooth dirt and eventually smooth pavement. A short cold blast up over the Utah Hill on Old #91 and we were descending back into St. George.

We'll get back in to Cedar Pockets on dirt. Just have to take the easy way from Old Highway 91. The shortcut we were looking for seems to have become a permanent casualty of erosion and a few gates.

Thanks for checkin' in. Ride safe out there.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:51 AM   #533
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I didnt see it yet, but have you been out to Mokiak (Mocaac) Canyon out on the Strip yet?
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:16 AM   #534
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Nice joshua scenery, glad you got out for a d/s ride after your So Cal adventure.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:38 PM   #535
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I didnt see it yet, but have you been out to Mokiak (Mocaac) Canyon out on the Strip yet?
Hey MSH / Matt - Not sure. Strip is vast, still lots of unexplored roads. I have criss-crossed quite a few places with references to the old Mokaac Trail. Some look like they'd be fun moto trails, but all closed to motorized traffic. Might be a good Mountain bike or hiking trail. Although in some sections the new road (1069 - River Road extension) has wiped out the old trail. Some abrupt drop-offs. Days are starting to get longer. Some snow is visible on the Strip from St. George. But, warm days are coming. The time for riding the Strip is coming soon.

A pic from a while back. Same time you commented on the Eagle Scout project from you friend from way back. Page 12.




Saw your thread on the Ouray trip. Looked interesting. Did it all happen?

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Old 02-28-2013, 11:16 AM   #536
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Saw your thread on the Ouray trip. Looked interesting. Did it all happen?
Yeah, It was great. Go when/if you can. Beautiful! We are heading back down to SG area in about a month... May cut from Monument Valley to Toraweap. May have to hook up with some of you SG riders for the new low down.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:59 PM   #537
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Motoqua Rd - Manganese Wash - Gunlock Reservoir

Short loop west of St. George. About 50 miles. Great way to spend a Friday afternoon with Dad.

Benchmark Map. Plus index of rides in Post #1.




One small errand to do while leaving town. Nice temps in St. George. Perfect for riding.




New sign at the start of the Motoqua Road. For any noobs to the area this is just after Old Highway #91 starts to climb. Lots of great riding starts on the Motoqua Road: Pahcoon Flat, Indian Springs Trail, Goldstrike, Potters Peak and Cougar Pass to Enterprise Reservoir. Plus lots of extended day rides into Nevada. Watch elevation and mud if going earlier in the year. Great areas as the days get longer. Watch gas if going through to Caliente, NV.




The first part of the Motoqua Road has stunning redrock scenery. As you leave the Shivwits Indian Reservation and head to Motoqua, Beaver Dam Wash, and Nevada, the colors become predominantly gray. Desert and mountains still have a stark beauty, but the redrock is superb!




Wolfman luggage. Dad and I are both running the little tailbags. Perfect. Plug for Wolfman!




Turn off the Motoqua Road and head for Manganese Wash. We've been here before but not for about a year. Always good to revisit familiar places.




Dad upfront in the classic honda red.




Caught up with Dad. His bike has been absolutely rock solid. It is surprisingly quick and light. The new Honda 250 in undoubtedly a better bike, but this little thumper gets the job done. Plus this bike consistently gets 100 mpg if one is light on the throttle. That translates to a solid 200+ mile tank range. Totally stock. Did someone say "Toroweap?"




Sign pic. Never did drive out to Cole Spring. Maybe next time. Always a reason to go back.




Some sections of the road had some silt build-up. Powerline and pipeline work in the area. Also close to town and Gunlock so reasonable amount of traffic (as Southern Utah dirt roads go). More silt will build through the summer.




View from the foot peg. That's Square Top Mountain up ahead. Very prominent from Gunlock Reservoir area. Elevation 7,000 ft.




Nice ruts. Somebody drove through here when it was wet.




Dad and I stop. Drink, eat, and plan out next rides. Longer days are coming quickly!!!




Stop at the crest of a hill to admire the distant view of Pine Valley Mountain. Elevation 10,000. Some snow, but not much. You have to get to Brian Head area to see the real snow of Southern Utah.




Culverts to cross the Santa Clara River just north of Gunlock Reservoir. Reconnect with asphalt just across the river. The culverts are relatively new. This was a ford until a year or two ago. Usually it was an easy crossing, but if the snow on the backside of Pine Valley Mountain was melting it could be gushing.




Pic of "yours truly" compliments of Dad near Gunlock Reservoir.




Final shot down at the shoreline. Gunlock Reservoir is a hidden little gem. Lots of great riding (river crossings) just below the reservoir as well.




Thanks for checkin' in. Ride safe, ride often!
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:36 PM   #538
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Sweet Bike, RRR!

See the spot of red gravel near the center of your picture? That is a gravel pit. I camped near there on the 2nd night of my trip.








Nice views from there.

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Old 03-03-2013, 09:23 PM   #539
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Toroweap

We did Toroweap Overlook and Whitmore Canyon yesterday. Minor mud on the south side of Mt Trumbull otherwise great.


Lunch, Toroweap looking east at the Colorado River 3000 feet below




Whitmore Canyon close to sunset with 90 miles to get back to St George
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Weekend at Brian Head

Hey Dave -- you camp at all the nicest places! Sharp eye on the gravel pit in my pic. Following your RR.

Bfilk -- nice post. Toroweap and Whitmore. Sounds like spring riding conditions (minimal mud) are arriving on the strip. How was the ride back to St. George? End up using the headlight or back by "dusk?"

View out window this morning (Sunday am).




Son and wife on the sleds by Brian Head Peak, still sporting the ski hats!




Returning after an excursion into Cedar Breaks.




Most fun of the weekend!!!

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