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Old 04-24-2013, 05:56 PM   #616
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Nice Family trip RRR, thanks for the pics and of course the rest of this great and informational thread!
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:55 PM   #617
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It's nice to see you and your family getting out and enjoying each others company. That's the way families should be.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:45 PM   #618
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Toroweap Camping with Dad: Day One

Two day trip, one overnight at Toroweap with Dad last week. Good times. We'll try and do more camping off the bikes this summer.

Here we are on the open road heading towards Mount Trumbull Schoolhouse. I chose to ride the TW. It's a bit more of a workhorse for carry gear.




Easy to get a mirror pic of Dad. We tend to play a lot of "leapfrog" on these rides. We're usually in sight of each other but not always. The key is to make sure you remember if you are in front or behind. That way you don't go tearing off to catch up if the other guy is behind you. Also good to not stray to far off the road (taking a pic) if you are in the lead. Other guy can pass you and nobody knows it.




Welcome to Mt. Trumbull Arizona! Nice sign. Off the left hand side of the road several hundred yards before the schoolhouse.




Classic pic! Everyone's got one. Let's see 'um.




As we're hanging out this friendly German dude rolls up from Whitmore Canyon on TW with a flat tire. His wife was left walking a few miles down the road. I go retrieve her, then give the guy a ride up to his truck parked 10 miles north.




Here's Dad hanging out with the German wife while I run the taxi service. Dad's fluent in German and her English is only ok, so this all works out well. We left the happy couple in good shape. They were having quite the trip - truck and moto exploring off the beaten path in the American West for two months.




Our good deed done, we head up over the shoulder of Mount Trumbull. Impressive sign, relatively new.




Stopped for a drink at the old sawmill site.




Lots of Eagle Scout projects similar to this. Historical markers. Often direct family histories involved.




I like the sign with the old photographs. Nothing is left of the actual sawmill. Even this photo is just of a similar sawmill.




More fun riding with Dad and on to the National Park entrance and the Tuweep area.




All the Wolfman gear on the bike performed well. Easily carried enough gas, water, food, and gear for two days. Nothing at Tuweep except perhaps help in an emergency. Friendly volunteer ranger came out to ask about our bikes and the trip. Suggested we try the group campsite since was almost 5 pm (past reservation time) and it is the most isolated. Good call.




The last bit of road is the most interesting.




After quickly ditching our stuff in the campground we headed for the overlook even though the light wasn't great. One of the best parts about camping at Toroweap is you get at least 2-3 chances for different lighting conditions. We were back at the overlook at sunrise then noon the following day before leaving for the ride out.




I grab a pic of myself looking downstream. Remembered to bring binoculars. Easy to spot rafts below. A group camped directly below the overlook, about 3,000 feet straight down. Also saw rafters run Lava Falls the following day.




Dad with the camera gear in late afternoon light. I'll get a few of his pics shortly.




Back at camp. Home for the night. Day Two shortly.




Thanks inmates for all the positive comments. Nice to see so many of the same names. Keep riding out there. Stay safe.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:37 AM   #619
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I like you and your Dad's style, no standing up on the bikes going through crazy terrain at 70. Nice and relaxed is what I envisioned when I got into this.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:42 AM   #620
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Two day trip, one overnight at Toroweap with Dad last week. Good times. We'll try and do more camping off the bikes this summer.




Another nice ride with Pop's and great scenery. I love the "cowboy camping" style. Replace the horse, saddle, saddle pad, saddle bags and blanket with the more modern day Iron Horse, tarp, air mattress, backpack and sleeping bag. The experience is almost the same. Love it!
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:21 PM   #621
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Wife and I were there Sunday and Monday nights. #8 was out of the afternoon wind and shady. When we told the friendly neighbors that we only had enough water for one night they shared their water, grilled tri-tip and Jack Daniels and we stayed another night. Awesome place! Al





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Toroweap Camping with Dad: Day Two

Here is the sunrise from my sleeping bag. Dad was already awake and down at the overlook. I was sleeping in.




I hopped on my bike and rode down to the overlook. First direct sun rays were just hitting the canyon. The river was still in the shadows.




Quickly found Dad. He was all set up doing his thing.




After a bit, we doubled back to the campsite. Time for a relaxing morning and breakfast. We planned to go back to the overlook about noon. Wanted to get some pics with full sun on the river. Here is our camp at mid-morning.




Short hike. Scenery near the campsite.




Our bikes near the picnic tables. The group site has a very nice set-up and probably the most privacy.




Dad relaxing, mid-way through breakfast. We took advantage of all the table space and spread out.




After packing up we ride back down to the overlook.




Here's my promo bit for Wolfman. Waiting for my free stuff . . . can always use another Wolf Holster.




In the "parking lots" getting ready to go take pictures. We carried all our camping gear, gas, water, food, and Dad's tripod. No problem.




Looking downstream. In addition to taking pics, I was using binoculars to watch rafters set-up and run Lava Falls. Saw five clean runs, all right on line. One kayak guy took a tumble but immediately got back up. I assume that is standard for kayaks in big whitewater.




Here's Dad. Probably from about where he took the prior pic of me.




Another shot of Dad in his natural element. We spent at least two hours enjoying the various views. Really nice to appreciate the vastness and beauty of the canyon.




Looking upstream in full sun. No shade on river.




Time to go.




The scenery close to the rim is so nice. We stopped often to take more pics. Beautiful blue sky. Figured we'd twist the throttle and burn up the miles once we got closer to Colorado City and especially back on pavement.




The mighty TW with gear.




Open road and perfect skies. Vastness of the AZ Strip!




Definite stop at the old grader.




Blue sky helps this pic alot.




Details. This old grader is a real gem.




We start to move north, but still stop for a tumbleweed shot.




And Dad with the road ahead.




Our exit plan is via Colorado City. Combined with the Mount Trumbull Schoolhouse, this makes a nice loop.




Skyscape.




Dad and I settled in to our "leapfrog" pattern. Here's my shot of roadside scenery. There is a stretch of this road through the Black Rocks that is very scenic.




How about this for a sense of scale?




We reconnect and shift off the lead.




More scenery shots. On good days, the AZ Strip is a dual sport paradise.




By late afternoon we can the Vermillion Cliffs behind Colorado City. It was a good ride with Dad. The overnight makes the trip. We call the two women in our lives. All is well on the home front. Time for a relaxed pavement ride plus dinner on the way back to St. George.




Final pic. Highly recommend the moto camping. Get out and ride.




Thanks inmates and lurkers. Appreciate all the positive comments and PMs. Have fun, stay safe!
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:40 PM   #623
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Wife and I were there Sunday and Monday nights. #8 was out of the afternoon wind and shady. When we told the friendly neighbors that we only had enough water for one night they shared their water, grilled tri-tip and Jack Daniels and we stayed another night. Awesome place! Al

Fantastic, Al. Looks like temp plate on the new V-Strom (from MotoZoo, St. George). Bikes looks good, all set up with boxes and stickers!

Great pics. Glad you had a good trip. Not much at Tuweep, heh?
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:20 PM   #624
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The stickers are the most important accessories. Looking forward to many long rides and many new stickers from faraway lands! Al
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:16 AM   #625
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Anybody Hiring in St. George?

Hey RRR,

Between your awesome thread and a recent auto trip through your area, I'm thinking about re-careering and re-locating out of Dirty Jersey. Man, what a beautiful corner of the world. Please keep it coming.
And tell Dad he rocks!

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Old 05-02-2013, 09:03 PM   #626
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And Dad with the road ahead.

RRR,
You've had a number of shots from behind your dad throughout your SW UT thread, and they all have been just classic ADV shots!

Oh what cherished time with you continue to have with your dad, some of us just have the memories.

Thank you again for bringing "us" along.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:30 PM   #627
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Round trip to Brian Head

Did the moto shuttle to/from Brian Head yesterday. Very windy. Wanted to bring the Vulcan back to St. George for riding IronMan support this weekend. Looks like it'll be a good event. City is packed with athletes.

Avoided I-15 coming and going. Always best to take the scenic route, especially since I was riding the WRR up, getting in position for the summer riding season.

Downtown Pinto.




Stopped in to check out the cemetery on the edge of town.




Quite a few old gravestones in good shape. Lots of local history revealed in this marker.




A little further up the road is the Page Ranch House.




Plaque. Interesting.




Old wagon out front.




And old farm equipment.




Star on the map shows the location. Although it is dirt, you could get here with any road bike except perhaps a Goldwing or FJR.




Active mines and a private short-haul rail line in the area. Did I say it was cold and windy?




Exploring a side track near one of the abandoned mines.




Cattle operations.




Comstock Road, west of Cedar City, near the mines. Used to be paved, long ago.




Near Iron Springs.




This "artwork" probably originated somewhere else, not southern Utah. One must appreciate a certain talent here.




Perhaps my favorite pic of the day.




A few more of the UP engine. These things are huge!




Approximate location of the rail yard.




Another old house.




This one in Summit, UT. Nice paved frontage road to Parowan.




Picked up the Vulcan in Brian Head. Continued up to Cedar Breaks. This road won't be open for another month.




Loop down towards Panguitch Lake, then cut-off to Mammoth Creek. Great paved roads. It is amazing how fast the snow disappears once you drop 1,000 ft elevation from Brian Head.




Mammoth Creek at peak run-off. Probably enough water flow for the inflatable kayaks to really get rippin'. But it would be cold. And you could end up walking alot, or picking your way through debris jams.




Quick stop at McDonald Lake, just off Highway 89 near Alton. High water. A side trip to Alton is worthwhile if you find yourself in the area with extra time. Scenic road.




Lots of great sweepers on 89.




Classic.




Details.




We all know where this is . . .




Finally warmed up down low. Home through Zion.




Thanks for ridin' along. Stay safe out there.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:41 PM   #628
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RRR Was nice to meet you and your dad the other day. I ended up not making it to Tuweap due to KLaiRe having heart palpitations, so off to the mechanic we went instead. now shes back together and in a new break in period so far running like a totally different bike cant wait for the break in to be over, course thatll only be about three days as much as I ride. ANNNNDDDDD since this is the So. Utah rides section, Im going to go ahead and through out the plug for the Flying Monkey Adventure Rally check it out in the upcoming section of ADV it was a great time last year so get out to it you FF's!!!
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Someday I will have time to get over to that overlook. OK, near that overlook. It will take a great deal of effort on my part to overcome my thing about heights to get onto that overlook.

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Moto Support for St. George Ironman 70.3

Did moto support for St. George Ironman 70.3 yesterday. Good times. I carried the same photographer I had last year. He wanted pics mostly in Snow Canyon which was fine with me. This was the crux of the bike route and the most scenic area.

Here's the Vulcan with the magic green sticker that lets you ride anywhere for the day. This pic is just below the Dixie sign on Red Hills Parkway.




A few of the men leaders on the steep climbs in Snow Canyon. These guys were all pushing big gears and moving quickly up these grades. The shorter course, 70.3 vs. the full Ironman really kept the pace fast. Impressive athletes.




My photographer laying down to get his shots. This was a bit later, but still early in the pack. These racers have a bit more of a sense of humor. One called out to ask me if the guy in the white helmet was dead. The lead 25 pros guys never talked, picked up their heads or made eye contact. All business.




The beginning of the amateur riders in Snow Canyon.




We drove back down to the bottom of Snow Canyon to get pics of riders dropping into the dip. Enjoy 10 feet of downhill before the big climb.




Center of town at T2, the transition from bike to run.




Bikers dismount.




My photographer stayed in town to photo the run. I went back out to Snow Canyon to get some pics of the signs and encourage the stragglers. Still quite an accomplishment.




I heard a few of the cyclists laughing as they passed this sign.




Excellent weather. No wind. Very fast times. Men's winners had overall times of less than 4 hours.




More signs in Snow Canyon.







At the top, just before the big right turn and the fast run back in to St. George.




Ironman will want more moto volunteers in St. George next year. The 70.3 format is a huge success. Many more pros and amateurs. If you have a bigger moto and want to carry someone two-up, plan on it for next May. Also have moto job for single riders. Excellent event.
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