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Old 08-31-2012, 11:53 AM   #166
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:49 PM   #167
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Thanks for the B&W Kelly. Looks great. You guys have been providing me with my daily entertainment while I'm stuck at home. I completed jacking up my arm about two weeks ago and they had to operate last week. 19 nice shiny staples in my arm and out of commission till late Nov, but my biceps muscle is now attached to the bone in my forearm.


Oh and many congratulations on the anniversary!

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Old 08-31-2012, 03:13 PM   #168
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This is a great photo of the two of you.
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:27 PM   #169
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Capín underpants wanted to visit the Anasazi Museum,
but BigWan and I were in a hurry to get to Bicknell.
We were waiting for parts for our stupid headsets.
At this point, I could hear Matt, but he couldn't hear me.
It was really pissing him off.


You sure this isn't supposed to say, "It was really pissing ME off." I can think of a few couples that would like one way communication only. Just kidding. Loving the RR. Thanks Wans!!!!
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:05 PM   #170
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I really am enjoying this.

2 things stand out looking at your pictures and videos.

First and foremost is your smiles and really good attitude---no matter how hot and sweaty it gets for you it's
obvious to me you two are having a ball and really enjoying the scenery and each other.

2nd is the unbelievably riding (and passengering) abilities of you two.

You ride along in some pretty rough stuff as easy as I do solo on a much, much smaller bike.

So this all just puts a smile on my face-----------thanks !!!!

It's been about 12 years since I rode thru Lockhart basin and I had kind of forgot just what it was like.

BigDog


Hiya BigDog,
What a thoughtful and generous comment!
Thank you, it means a lot to us coming from such an ardent rider such as yourself.
It's surprising that we haven't run into you on the road, as we seem to enjoy the same kinds of riding!
Hopefully, it will happen eventually.

I saw that you and Dingweed are going to be heading to Idaho Falls to do Mobius 10!
Have a great time, it sounds like a fantastic ride.
If you go to Casa Questor, make sure you give Mr. Purr a big squeeze for me...
(no, not Questor, his kitty cat! )
We'll be looking for the M10 ride reports!






Thanks, Dustyrider! yeah, that ride was awesome.
Hope it encourages folks to give the UTBDR a try


Hi murdock84 and RedRockRider - thanks for the anniversary wishes!


hey Bob and redog1 - glad you guys are still enjoying the RR!!
thanks for the bumps
redog1, I hope you make good use of the voice of reason



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Thanks for the B&W Kelly. Looks great. You guys have been providing me with my daily entertainment while I'm stuck at home. I completed jacking up my arm about two weeks ago and they had to operate last week. 19 nice shiny staples in my arm and out of commission till late Nov, but my biceps muscle is now attached to the bone in my forearm.


Oh and many congratulations on the anniversary!

Larry


Aww, Larry - damn.
You're really taking advantage of those good FD benies, huh?
That bike is trying to kill you.
Hope you heal up fast! Get well soon! (Um, ignore the part about "princess")
Okay, we still have weeks left, so you should have lots to read...
No guarantees about the "entertainment" part!




I already wrote up Day 15 and it's sitting in the wings.
Normally I would just skip this lay day - but I have a bunch of "food" pics.
Also, now Tn. Walrus needs all the posts he can get.
So, real quick, here you go!




Day 14: 7/5/12
Moab UT zero trail miles




So, the problem with hitting Moab on the 4th of July was that we couldnít pick up our tires.
Instead of running around a strange town trying to find the tires we like,
and/or settling for some we donít like,
we usually buy our favorites online and have them sent to a UPS type store.
Unfortunately, UPS stores are usually closed on sundays and holidays.



The Bowen used to do breakfast, but I guess they gave that up last year.
Itís okay, the City Market is perfect for breakfast.











After food, we went to the Moab Mailing Center to pick up our tires.






I have a photo of matt with the tires, but heís making crazy eyes.
I'll use this one instead - our sketchy transport set up.
Those are groceries hanging from the GPS mount - I carried them while we rode...






I did sink/bathtub laundry while BigWan changed tires.
OK, Just Paul -
hereís my annual look-at-all-the-crap-I-keep-in-my-pockets photo.
Iím super streamlined this year!




Paul and Jill use a fancy scuba leash on their camera.
Itís a great idea.
I saw that plastic cord at the Japanese dollar store - 99 cents!
Perfect. I hate my camera, anyway.




Poor Matt, it started to rain as soon as he broke out the tools.






I missed most of the tire changing photos, but hereís that P.O.S. Heidenau K60
after 2000 lousy miles!!





If we wanted to get 2000 miles out of a tire, we would have gotten a Scorpion Rally.
Itís far superior in the dirt, and costs 50 bucks less than the K60.


Here it is:




and matching front




He also drained out 2 quarts of oil and added 2 fresh quarts.
Not a real oil change, but hopefully it helps.





Matt says that this doesnít count as an ice cream photo, itís a shave ice.
Totally different animal. Slushimus hawaiiana
(I'll let oldtrucks be the judge...)






After dessert, we had lunch.
The healthiness is canceled out by the fast foodedness,
but I really love these berry salads.





I had done so much laundry, I didnít have anything to wear except my swim suit.
Since I didnít want to have to use, ďOh hai, Iím in my bathing suit!Ē at the Moab Brewery,
we ordered a pizza from Paradox
(BigWan hates pizza. Can you tell? )




See that little bottle in the corner of the pizza box?
This year we remembered to bring a bottle of hot cock sauce!






Instead of a nice Dead Horse Ale, we had PBR.
Matt first got these as a joke (stupid hipsters) but now we keep buying it because you can find it anywhere.
Also, we have terrible taste.







Then we spent the rest of the evening watching our GoPro footage and probably some junk on cable tv.

The end.


Okay, Porcupine Rim Trail coming up next!!
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:37 PM   #171
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Great RR guys!!

Looking forward to reading the Porcupine Rim Trail report. It's one of my favorite spots in Moab.

JG
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:47 PM   #172
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See that little bottle in the corner of the pizza box?
This year we remembered to bring a bottle of hot cock sauce!





Hot Cock Sauce!! That stuff is a staple around the firehouse. Just don't get it in you eye. We had one of the guys give the bottle a shake and it was open. He was in some serious pain. Of course all we did was laugh and make hot cock jokes for the next month!
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:51 PM   #173
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You sure this isn't supposed to say, "It was really pissing ME off." I can think of a few couples that would like one way communication only. Just kidding. Loving the RR. Thanks Wans!!!!
Hey pyrate!
Long time no see.
when did you and Ladybug sneak in here??


Haha, I know you're joking,
but actually, I really like being able to hear Matt.
Especially when we're in the dirt!
I can usually guess how bad something is going to be (from past experience),
but sometimes I can't tell for sure (e.g., I need Matt to tell me if there are hard ruts under the silt).


He was really funny when we were having helmet trouble
(when he wasn't ranting and angry riding, that is)
Matt would have these long monologues where he would make up my side of the conversation...
"and then you're probably saying, 'monkey fighter, what the hell are you talking about?'"


Sometimes he was spot on!



Hi Ladybug!!
thank you, glad you like that photo.
That rock did a good job of holding the camera.






Day 15: 7/6/12
Moab, UT to Cedar Mountain, UT 233 miles







Got up early and headed out of town.
Oh, man - Slickrock!
We could have spent our lay day fooling around there, with no luggage!





Shoot.
Oh well. We had ridden the bicycle practice loop back in 2009 (on the 950 with all our stuff).
It was really neat, but sketchy.


(wish I had more pics from slickrock, but I was still getting the hang of taking photos while riding)



Hmm. I wonder if it would be better on the 990 S?
We were tempted to go back and capture the ride on video...
But good sense prevailed and we stayed on the UTBDR.
We have a lot of miles to cover today.
Stay focused.







Okay. Norm was telling us to turn off at this place.
The Porcupine Rim Trail.





It looks like another bicycle trail.



Thatís weird.

But, Norm says this is it.
Okay...whatever you say, plastic box!






This looks interesting...






Huh.






Pretty views, though it's hard to look...






Whoa.





This is a good place for the video...
So, this one isnít in HD, sorry.
Matt had turned the camera around to shoot behind us for parts of this trail.
He thought it would be fun to see me bouncing around back there.
Unfortunately, the widescreen format cuts so much off the top and bottom of the screen,
all you could see is the top of my helmet.

So, hopefully the novelty of a different angle will help make up for the quality.







hereís the photo of Matt I was taking after his ďAdmiral NelsonĒ attack on those first steps...






And hereís what happened on the big set of steps...

They were really tall. At jacked up angles.
There was no clear line for Matt to ride - at least, not a safe one.

From the front, it looks like the far right is the best line...






But, then look from the side...







and we've got this heavy, wide load:






So, BigWan decided to go up the middle.






It was okay until he had an issue right here:






He got a little hung up in that spot and as he kept going,
we heard some weird noise and then a *POP!*



What was that?
Oh shit, did the chain just break??
We would have been royally screwed...
There was no one out here.


This bike is such a monster, we couldnít see what had happened.
Also, it weighs a ton.
We laid it down to take a look.





Whew. No, the chain's not broken.
But, it looked like the chain had come off.

Strange.





It seems like this sprocket tooth...






got caught on this part of the rock..
(I put the ďkĒ in screech for emphasis. did it work?)





The sprocket got pushed up against the rock
And the chain popped off.

Luckily, Matt was able to put the chain back on.
and it didnít seem damaged.



We had to wrestle the bike up the rest of the way, but we got it up that damn step.


We did a bunch of celebratory jumping pics, but none of them turned out.
So, we settled for this.






Whew. Celebrating is hard work.
This calls for some grape powerade.





OK, enough sitting around - back on the road...

What a crazy trail.
The rocks just kept on coming.






Itís strange that they put warnings all over the Lockhart Basin/Hurrah Pass section,
but there was nothing about the Porcupine Rim Trail...





Wow. Pretty tough for a loaded ADV bike.
All those poor GSs with hard panniers! Thatís just messed up.

Oh. Wait a minute.

Maybe this isnít on the UTBDR...
Maybe this was one of Normís creative ďshort cuts.Ē








That makes way more sense.
Yep. There it is - thereís the road we were supposed to be on.






Dammit, Norm!

Stupid box.



Whew.

All that and it wasnít even on the UTBDR!



We are so smart! S-M-R-T! <-----(ooh - make sure you turn the volume down before you click on that one!)











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Old 08-31-2012, 04:57 PM   #174
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Great RR guys!!

Looking forward to reading the Porcupine Rim Trail report. It's one of my favorite spots in Moab.

JG

Hi JG!
one of your faves for motos or for bicycles??
I know we only got a small taste of the trail -
the sign at the entrance mentions single track for bicycles and foot traffic only...

It was challenging, but super fun. Very satisfying.
A highlight of our ride!

As long as nothing goes wrong, that is.
What a perfect place for a broken leg. Or two.


(Tn Walrus! don't go on the porcupine rim trail! )


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Hot Cock Sauce!! That stuff is a staple around the firehouse. Just don't get it in you eye. We had one of the guys give the bottle a shake and it was open. He was in some serious pain. Of course all we did was laugh and make hot cock jokes for the next month!
haha, Make hot cock sauce your favorite!


(Matt said it and I used it in the Summer of Stupid)


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Old 08-31-2012, 05:22 PM   #175
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I didn't think you guys could top the last few videos for challenging terrain. Then you added the luggage and did Porcupine Rim?
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:23 PM   #176
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(Tn Walrus! don't go on the porcupine rim trail! )
No worries there. I don't have the skill set Matt has in his little finger, and as much as I love my big GS, the KTM is better for that kind of stuff. Besides with my luck right now, they would end up finding my corpse on the side of the trail!

But when the bike and I are healed you can bet I will be over in Arkansas working on becoming a better rider!
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:59 PM   #177
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But when the bike and I are healed you can bet I will be over in Arkansas working on becoming a better rider!
They won't let you do that in Tennessee?

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Old 08-31-2012, 06:07 PM   #178
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Memphis just doesn't have the roads that they have in the Ozarks, and it's not that far away.
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:13 PM   #179
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Hi JG!
one of your faves for motos or for bicycles??
I know we only got a small taste of the trail -
the sign at the entrance mentions single track for bicycles and foot traffic only...
I don't think I ever saw any motos on it. I have mountain biked PR many times. The last time we shuttled up to the La Salles. We then rode back to Moab via Porcupine Rim. Epic, epic day.

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Old 08-31-2012, 06:20 PM   #180
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Eh? Wow

Wild video. I love the beginning where Matt stops at a tough looking bit and says just "Okay", then forges on into some really scary stuff. Kelly, you look like you're riding a pogo stick in the shots of you on the back. And that wasn't even the rough stuff.
That is an amazing chunk of trail.
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