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Old 02-28-2014, 10:31 PM   #1021
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Is your TW Mostly Stock?

What have you added as off road protection....just wondering in case I decide to take mine to some more difficult locations than West Ohio has to offer.
Yes, Hoot. TW is 100% stock. Only added the standard Yamaha rear rack, and lots of little Wolfman bags.

Obvious things to add to a TW would be handguards and a bash plate. I try to just not drop the bike although my nephews have wrecked it a few times for me. The TW does sit low and has tractor-like gearing. It is an amazingly good rock crawler even though doesn't have super high clearance. A very good bike to take off-road as long as you are not trying to hop up 3 ft. ledges or power up massive sand dunes.

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Great stuff as always RRR.

Fantastic detail on Elbow, for i've seen others mention it, been never highlighted it they way you have.
Thanks, Sam. On one of your future trips to St. George perhaps we'll make a loop down Elbow, lunch and gas in Mesquite, then back up Lime Kiln to St. George. Nice loop. A good way to spend the day with the benefit of lunch and no need to carry extra gas.

Heard a rumor that Mrs. Samthg might have just purchased a new scoot . . . in super cool retro blue & white! Are you guys going out on lunch dates on scoots . . . or planning some long distance scoot touring?

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You are living the dream brother! Give me another 10 years and I will be out there with you!
Yeah . . . living the dream . . . lucky and I know it. Still have about a month of wide-down work to attend to. But, the retirement decision has been made. The early going is looking good. Look me up when you come this way!
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Old 03-01-2014, 02:51 PM   #1022
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Heard a rumor that Mrs. Samthg might have just purchased a new scoot . . . in super cool retro blue & white! Are you guys going out on lunch dates on scoots . . . or planning some long distance scoot touring?



Yes and yes.

NSA, FBI, Seal Team 6....or are you just lurking somewhere else?
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:27 AM   #1023
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Hello RRR...

Just finished watching the movie "Once Upon a Time in the West" for about the 3rd or 4th time, and came across this youtube video about the film locations then & now. thought you might like it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwIJiSXgYjQ

Ever been to The hanging arch?, "about 8:32 in vid " it's located in the Utah desert 13 miles from the Arizona-Utah border near Goosenecks Canyon, the base of the arch still exists.
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Old 03-02-2014, 07:51 PM   #1024
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Just finished watching the movie "Once Upon a Time in the West" for about the 3rd or 4th time, and came across this youtube video about the film locations then & now. thought you might like it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwIJiSXgYjQ

Ever been to The hanging arch?, "about 8:32 in vid " it's located in the Utah desert 13 miles from the Arizona-Utah border near Goosenecks Canyon, the base of the arch still exists.
Thanks, RoadGrime. Cool video. Have not been to the hanging arch. Lots to see in the Goosenecks area.

But, I was skiing at Brian Head with my son and wife earlier today. Fresh snow and beautiful skies.

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Old 03-02-2014, 10:20 PM   #1025
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Since I'm a "full-time slacker" now . . . thought it would be good to get with my local inmate buddy StG. He has years of "full-time slacker" experience. I'm figuring that some of his expertise is going to be very helpful to me.

Here's StG . . . halfway through our ride.




Back to the beginning. Since we meet at my place it is very easy to check out the "airplane" arrow on top of the bluff overlooking Bloomington and the Virgin River as it runs just under the I-15 bridge.




StG gets a pic of me by our bikes.




After a bit of dirt two-track from SunRiver south along the north side of I-15 we are at BlackRock, AZ. Nothing here but an old building. StG grabs another pic of me on the backside of the building.




We are headed to the south side of the Virgin River Overlook Gorge. This was the first ride I posted in this thread in September, 2011. Post #2 on page 1. Excellent ride. Very scenic with a big payoff.




After some fast dirt through the Gypsum Mine we stop at the intersection of #1022 which is the road to the overlook point.




The main road ascends Maple Canyon. We will follow the Low Mountain Road. This road eventually reconnects with #1004 near the top of Black Mountain (and Elbow Canyon). We would stop and the overlook then retrace our steps by a slightly different route. Lots of small dirt roads in this area.




As we are stopped, these two guys come along on ATVs. These guys are retired also, so we have a good discussion about the best ways to spend our time. I think this ride was on a Wednesday afternoon. We all agree that motos and ATVs are a good option.




StG and I take off on our little blue beasts. The road loops around and gains elevation. Quite a few rocky bits as we gain elevation. Some nice views as we work out way upwards. Brief stop at an intersection with the 1022 sign.




A couple more older "retired" guys come down the trail on ATVs. We have a second conversation with these guys about how great it is to be retired and riding motos and ATVs on a Wednesday afternoon. These two guys look at me and StG like we might be deviants. How can you guys be "retired" at your ages and be out riding motorcycles all the time? A few more minutes of conversation about all the dirt roads out on the AZ Strip and soon enough we are taking a few pics. These guys also give us a good tip on going through some closed gates which helps us to make scenic loop.




More climbing . . . then we are up at the turn-off to the overlook point.




Same sign and almost the same pic as 2011. Check it out on page 1.




Here's StG. Gotta get a few more pics of StG. He's always fast . . . then offering to take pics of me with my own camera. Very good guy to go riding with!




StG taking in the view. There is a small tower at the overlook. Big views down to I-15 inside the Virgin River Gorge just above Cedar Pockets.




Lots of colorful rock in the side canyon leading down to the Virgin River.




And just the bikes. Hey . . . it's a motorcycle website.




On the way back we take the water haul road. This was the tip from the ATV guys. This road is easier. Not as rocky and the slope is more moderate. First time on this road for me. I'm always hesitant to cross closed gates on private property (without an invite). Some Utah ranchers have been known to carry guns. Best not to be obnoxious about things.




Score! So we find this old grader, similar to the one on the road to Toroweap. Of course, this one is very out of the way, not on a "tourist" route at all.




Of course we stop for pics. Here's StG trying to figure out which one of these controls is the clutch and which one is the throttle.




Off again. Down through the dead tree graveyard.




Little glamour photo of my bike as we approach the point where we complete the loop.




Back at the Gypsum Mine. Most of the workers had left so we go off route a bit and grab a pic.




Some more fun riding along some powerlines and we eventually work our way back in to town via River Road. StG does have a lot of expertise with this "full-time slacker" business. I'll have to watch and learn. Good goal for the rest of 2014.

As always, thanks inmates for riding along.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:07 AM   #1026
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I'm glad - and a little jealous - to see you are enjoying retirement.

That grader looks like a newer, motorized version of the Adams Leaning Wheel Grader near Toroweap.

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Old 03-03-2014, 08:20 AM   #1027
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Very neat. I don't know what attracts us to the old equimpent. Just does I guess!



I see lots of the "dead tree graveyards" as well on some of my rides. Always kind of eerie! BOO!
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:41 AM   #1028
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Congratulations on the retirement. I tell my friends my retirement home will be a pine box. I have always loved your thread. I know you like to repel into the slot canyons. I would like to do that, but am a little too old. Are there any good ones around that we could hike onto? Barbara and I have done Willis Creek off Skutumpah Road. Any others? By the way, Skutumpah is a fun ride.
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:48 PM   #1029
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I'm glad - and a little jealous - to see you are enjoying retirement.

That grader looks like a newer, motorized version of the Adams Leaning Wheel Grader near Toroweap.
Thanks, Dave6253. StG and I looked for the motor on our "new" Adams Motor Grader, but couldn't find one. Did see a hitch in front. Appeared as if the grader should be pulled??? Will have to go back and check it our more closely, perhaps with someone who knows something about equipment.

Just reviewed your Grand Canyon Backcountry Discovery RR. That was as awesome trip. Lots of inspiration for smaller 2-3 day trips. If I go mid-week the family might not even notice I'm gone.

For any lurkers or noobs . . . if you haven't checked out Dave6253's ride reports . . . you're missing out on some of the very best ADV has to offer!

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Very neat. I don't know what attracts us to the old equimpent. Just does I guess!
Thanks, Admiral. I think I may have "stolen" the tree graveyard comment from you, a long time ago.

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Congratulations on the retirement. I tell my friends my retirement home will be a pine box. I have always loved your thread. I know you like to repel into the slot canyons. I would like to do that, but am a little too old. Are there any good ones around that we could hike onto?
Thank you, bomose. Don't sell yourself short on simple, little rappels. A bit of practice and you'd be ready for Subway, Orderville, or Keyhole. If you are looking just for a walk in a slot canyon, try the upper part of Pine Creek, just above the long tunnel in Zion. Some info and a few pics in Post #597. Park your car at the Zion Canyon Overlook, an immediate right turn into the small parking lot at the top of the tunnel. Drop down the short hillside and then walk upstream as far as time and energy allow. Lots of excellent off-trail exploring in this part of Zion.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:29 AM   #1030
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RRR.

Just read your report on Elbow Canyon. We are planning to ride it in going from Mesquite to Toroweap in May. I was worried it might be torn up from rain. But it looks very doable.

We are going to do the Grand Canyon trip we did last year in reverse. So in your area we will be going from Cedar City to Alamo via Pennsylvania Canyon again.

Then down to Mesquite the next day.

Thanks again for that report.
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I don't see a motor on your newer grader either, but isn't that a drive shaft and rear differential?
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Be careful up on the Water Haul Road. You will be Electronicly Moniterd :-) Holy smokes I love that sign!!

Water Haul Rd

These pics are from March 2010. We were OK because we were not "moterized".

We did see that the graders were being used although there was nobody out there working when we rode through.

Water Haul Rd

The obligatory riding the grader shot
Water Haul Rd

Have you ridden to or found "Summer Camp" yet in that area? It has the same handwritten signs. Worth a trip.

Lovin' this thread as always.
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Be careful up on the Water Haul Road. You will be Electronicly Moniterd :-) Holy smokes I love that sign!!

We did see that the graders were being used although there was nobody out there working when we rode through.

The obligatory riding the grader shot

Have you ridden to or found "Summer Camp" yet in that area? It has the same handwritten signs. Worth a trip.

Lovin' this thread as always.
Hey ElleDubs -- Fantastic post. Thanks!

One of the best signs ever. Agreed. Some very special spelling on that sign.

So cool to see the grader used recently. I would have guessed that it hadn't moved for years. Amazing pic!

Your leg muscles look strong in the "obligatory" grader shot. You must be a pretty good mountain biker.

Have not been to "Summer Camp" yet. Will have to find it. Thanks for the tip!

Enjoy your upcoming AZBDR trip! See you around.
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I don't see a motor on your newer grader either, but isn't that a drive shaft and rear differential?
Yes - definitely looks like a drive shaft. But wow . . . the recent photo of the grader in use by ElleDubs . . . definitely being towed by the front hitch . . . with no motor in sight.

Did some googling of "Adams Grader" -- lots of info and cool images out there.

It appears as if the motor on some graders was a separate component that could have been detached. At any rate, we have some very interesting living history still being used on the AZ Strip.
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RRR.

Just read your report on Elbow Canyon. We are planning to ride it in going from Mesquite to Toroweap in May. I was worried it might be torn up from rain. But it looks very doable.

We are going to do the Grand Canyon trip we did last year in reverse. So in your area we will be going from Cedar City to Alamo via Pennsylvania Canyon again.
Thanks, wbbnm. Always enjoy your Ride Reports. You guys cover a lot of great territory.

Elbow is steep and there are a few loose rocks in spots, but you won't have any problem . . . unless there is a big rain between now and May. Route is in good shape and looks quite stable.

Have not done Pennsylvania Canyon (near Elgin Schoolhouse in NV) . . . yet . . . it is on my list. These "retirement" projects are stacking up.


On the plus side . . . I did get out with StG today. He is teaching me all about being a "full-time slacker."

Our bikes in front of the Mount Trumbull Schoolhouse.




Just past the Bar 10 Ranch, heading south in Whitmore Canyon.




At the Whitmore Canyon Overlook looking upstream at the Colorado River.




StG getting ready to leave. Looking down river from the overlook.




Blue sky and sunshine returned for our side trip into Paws Pocket.




Short break after returning to the main road from Paws Pocket.




Excellent ride with lots of variety. Very scenic. A few more pics to follow. StG is a great "retirement" mentor . . . and he brings free lunch. Nice combo!
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