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Old 02-28-2012, 11:48 AM   #16
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I love this shot
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:06 PM   #17
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see what happens when you have a great photographer at your side! everyone needs an umbrella girl a.k.a. the wife!
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:32 PM   #18
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Nice RutRunner

You know what they say ..........

When life gives you lemons, go riding!

Okay, I may have edited a bit.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:09 AM   #19
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RR cont'd

I had to wait about 40 minutes for the tow. Originally I had told AAA I wanted to be towed to Glenwood Springs. Having thought about the fact it was a Friday night and there may not be a shop open in Glenwood Springs over the weekend I decided to go back to Grand Junction. It was still within the 100 mile free tow limit. When I told the driver this he objected saying I couldn’t change my mind at this point. After some back and forth with his dispatcher it became clear I could get the free tow to Grand Junction. He was pissed because he lived in Glenwood Springs, and it was midnight now.

When we started moving he turned up his stereo so loud we couldn’t talk. He was a crusty old fellow named Guy, and after awhile turned down the music to ask about my bike. He was a rider himself, and was proud of his 82 Aspencade. He gave me a tale of woe about all the difficulties his wife had with her new Harley. He seemed to have a strong preference for Japanese bikes, even stating that he only tows BMW’s and Harley’s for mechanical breakdowns. According to him, Jap bikes don’t break down.

We got into GJ at 1:30am and parted on good terms. On Saturday the repair situation was as expected. One shop was open until noon, but only had one mechanic on duty who couldn’t start on it anyways. It poured rain the whole morning, so riding was out. I did get out to the Museum of Western Colorado. Overall GJ is a nice town.

Sunday was sunny and bright. I was advised that Rabbit Valley was the best riding choice after rain. Taking I70 and 6/50 straight there was quick and conditions were good for singlet track exploring:

At the end of the day I went north of I70 to find the Thompson Trail. My reference was the online BLM maps which do show this single track trail. However all I found was this:

Somehow the roads shown on the map did not quite match what I encountered. After awhile I gave up and returned to Rabbit Valley and GJ. Overall a good day.

To be Cont'd
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:26 PM   #20
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Great RR. Fantastic photos.
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:28 PM   #21
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Thanks for sharing your ride report in one of the best off road riding areas in America. Nothing else like in the world. I liked the way you used your bike in the photos to show scale. Awesome area. Great photos too.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:26 PM   #22
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Great photos and thanks for sharing. I would love to ride in Utah soon!
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Old 03-01-2012, 04:41 PM   #23
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lucky you

here in we all ride in a shoe box size desert thanks to the blm.enjoy
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:24 PM   #24
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I am lovin' it. Thanks for the ride
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:33 PM   #25
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Simply stunning, thank you!
It's just good clean dirt.

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Old 03-02-2012, 01:42 AM   #26
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Amazing photos and what a place to ride
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:32 AM   #27
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i'm just trying to change over my 450 SMR so i can go out there next summer and do these rides.... some amazing places in utah.... great report....
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:30 AM   #28
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Thanks for the great pics.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:29 AM   #29
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OK, I know this is wrong but I'm gonna burn my first ever ADVRider post and ask if you had the resources to attempt to fix the truck yourself rather than waiting on a repair shop? If there wasn't any other major damage, should have been able to pull the brake caliper and hub and then replace the long as there was a place there in town to get the studs, lugnuts and any tools you may have needed.

Nice RR by the way and great pics!
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:40 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by burrito1 View Post
here in we all ride in a shoe box size desert thanks to the blm.enjoy
Almost everything around Moab is BLM...
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