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Old 01-28-2012, 12:31 PM   #46
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good job taming the crack.



heck of a tale. I felt your pain of a Baja trip cut short....nice rebound!!
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:39 PM   #47
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When we were completely exhausted, the sun was getting close to the horizon and it was time to find Poison Spider Mesa and get out of there.

We started following white dots like pac-man. Chomp chomp chomp... we went down the steepest, longest, and scariest slickrock hill I've ever been down. My tires and brakes were at their limit creeping down it while turning to avoid a small cliff.

One of the places the dots took us:

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Old 01-28-2012, 12:40 PM   #48
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good job taming the crack.



heck of a tale. I felt your pain of a Baja trip cut short....nice rebound!!

Thanks, it was unforgettable though!
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Still on the way to Poison Spider Mesa:

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We found our way down the Poison Spider Mesa trail, there was nothing to it after riding Golden Spike.

Dino tracks!

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Old 02-03-2012, 04:20 PM   #52
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The Escalator

I did an endo down this. It didn't look too bad at first.

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Old 02-03-2012, 04:33 PM   #53
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Slickrock Trail

We rode the Slickrock Trail a lot. Many people (dirt bikers and mountain bikers) were not sticking to the dots on the trail, but we made sure we hit every one of them. It's a lot more fun and challenging if you do, in my opinion... otherwise you're just riding about on some slickrock, no skill required.

If you follow the dots you will gain really really good clutch control. My skills sure got better. For example, there are a couple of steep hills that require you to turn while going up them, which means you can't fly up them or you'll be going to fast to stick to the dots. Use that clutch, it's fun.

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We rode to Chicken Corner, through Hurrah Pass, and through Lockhart Basin. It was a nice ride, just easy cruising except for a couple of spots on Hurrah Pass.

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On the second-to-last day of riding before we went home, my bike started running very badly. It wouldn't run without choke... I limped it back to camp and figured there was still some sand in the carb. I didn't feel like working on it, and if there was still sand in it, then I didn't want to run it either.

What to do?

We made it to a rental shop in Moab just before they closed and rented a CRF450X. It was a 24 hour rental so we figured we would ride all night. After repairing the headlight, we went out to ride Hell's Revenge. It was tricky getting used to a new bike in the dark. I stalled it over and over. What's the first thing you do when you get your hands on a fast bike? All I was interested in at first was ripping wheelies.

Navigating Hell's Revenge was really difficult in the dark, so we switched to the Slickrock Trail instead. It was incredibly fun even though we were going really slowly.




We actually called it a night after a complete lap around Slickrock.
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:41 PM   #57
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More Slickrock Trail

We spent the next day riding everything in Sandflats again. It was nice having a bike that could keep up with the 650R. Actually I could pass the 650 in the tighter stuff, but just couldn't match it on the straights. The CRF450X was really harsh at first, but after I got used to it, it felt really good. Except for the seat- the seat is absolutely horrible, hard as a rock.

We ran laps around the Slickrock Trail. We were nice to the mountain bikers, giving them right of way, etc. but we hauled ass when there were no people.

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Old 02-03-2012, 06:07 PM   #58
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This is a fun turn. I think it's harder going up than coming down. Stay on the dots!!!

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Don't use your feet!

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That's all she wrote





That's about it. It was a tough but memorable trip, wonderful in many ways. Hopefully I made the report entertaining enough for you guys.

As for Deathgrip's elbow, she's done with physical therapy and the elbow seems to be in pretty good shape. It's still sore sometimes and it's going to take a while for that to go away. She was really good about exercising it and I think that helped the outcome tremendously (most people end up with a reduced range of motion). Last weekend we practiced self-arrests with ice axes on St. Mary's glacier, so it must be doing fairly well.
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