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Old 09-18-2012, 10:55 PM   #1
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gisKEV couldn't have introduced our little trip report when he said it better over in our little Utard thread:

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We killed 800 miles starting Friday early evening returning this afternoon. Pics to come.

2 KTM's didn't make it to the starting line, 2 more didn't finish, but 2 did. All of the Honda's finished just fine. Thrills spills and a bit of road rash, and I must say that we've hammered out a new adventure route that was mostly new to me.
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So here it goes:

About a month ago a last minute trip started coming together, mostly due to some planning around an inmate, HickOnACrick [Travis, a former Utard who was coming up from Texas] with his new 500 EXC, and a bunch of days off. He was going to come up, go riding with Ryman [who lives up in Vernal and rides a 690e], go mountain biking with gisKEV [Kevin, who rides a super dialed '02 Honda XR650R], and then do this big 4 day trip with all of us.. Except this happened to Hick on the MTB a couple days before the trip. Word on the street is this is 'just Hick's luck.." (He hit a cow on his motorcycle once).




With his broken collar bone, there went 1 of the KTMs that wasn't going to make it to the starting line...

This left just gisKEV, Ryman, and me [on my old '02 KTM 520 EXC). Also in the fold behind the scenes was 2WheelLust [Jeremy, up here in Park City on his '06 525 EXC] who no one really actually met other than me ( "I swear he exists" ) who was going to come on the trip but was fighting clutch issues to the last minute and couldn't get it resolved. Down went KTM #2 before the trip even began.

Within days, at a level of ruthlessness typically unseen, we were quickly looking for a replacements for these downed soldiers because we really don't give a **** about them. Naturally we reached out to the poorest choices, The Walrus (Ken on his 690e with a fairing), and Harcus (Jimwho builds the www.globetrottin.net racks, on his newish EFI KTM 500 EXC). Did I mention that we like the orange cool aid? Jim and Ken waffled a little bit but we heard within about a day or two before they left that they were in, Ken for 1 day, and Jim for the whole trip. In typical Utarded fashion, this is a bunch of folks ranging from early to mid thirties all the way to Jim at 66... Everyone always told me that Jim was a ripper though even at 66, which was completely true, and even for 4 days of epic ball busting riding... I could not be more in awe of Jim's spirits, durability, and riding ability...

So what ensued for meetup and how the trip came together looked something along the lines of this: (lots of worthless dilly dallying at gas stations):



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Old 09-18-2012, 11:18 PM   #2
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Ryman rode his bike over from Vernal and I met him around the corner from my house. We met up with Harcus, gisKEV, and The Walrus over in Midway with is a cool little town which is beautiful. We got a pretty late start that Friday night probably leaving and on the trail closer to 4:30 to 5ish...

Our original route went along the lines of this:

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Jim, the plan is to leave 3PMish tommorrow, back Monday afternoon or evening. Leave and depart from the area.. Mostly pretty ADV light-medium bike ish higher speed. The stuff you/we all like to do. Some little areas of technical and off beaten paths and some exploring in the swell (the section I put together). SLC to Wellington, Wellington to Green River. May/likely head down to Moab. Likely Kokopelli to Grand Junction, Grand Junction to Vernal, and then Vernal back to SLC. Pretty ambitious of course, but all doable...
screen shot of planned original route:
Lolly Pop Route:
0362 to 0012, then 1 to end, and back 0012 to 0362




And what we actually did (tamed down slightly in distance, not in technical riding) through the mountains to the north, and through and the heart of central and central-southern Utah, the San Rafael Swell (the whitish area you see below, north west of Moab) . Still just under 800 miles total...

lolly pop route:
down and back between "Active Log" and "Active Log 002"
then counter clockwise on the route.


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Old 09-18-2012, 11:25 PM   #3
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I'm going to resume tomorrow but here are some quick highlights:

tons and tons of this:




With a little of this:



Plenty of this...


Some of this:



a little too much of this:


a little of this:


And even a spritz of this...


More to come...

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Old 09-18-2012, 11:42 PM   #4
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:37 AM   #5
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:23 AM   #6
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Nice, Andre.

Looking forward to riding with you homos again next spring.
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:28 AM   #7
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:43 AM   #8
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Redacted nipples

So I pull off my pressure suit at the end of the day and DieselC says "Wow, you just wear that breathable fabric shirt under your pressure suit all day?!" I say, "why certainly, you don't?"

He then pulls his pressure suit off and has gorilla tape over his nipples to prevent chafing! I grabbed his camera and got a shot since my camera is out of commission.

Great riding w/ you guys! My fav was Death Star Canyon!
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:51 AM   #12
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He then pulls his pressure suit off and has gorilla tape over his nipples to prevent chafing!
I'm speechless.
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Old 09-19-2012, 04:44 PM   #13
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It's true that I tape up my nipples otherwise I get nasty chafing, a lot like a marathon runner... I like having things "cool" (I usually ski in just a t-shirt and my parka), except when it's cooold.....

Yes, this is embarrassing...

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Yes, this is embarrassing...

You're new avatar. Much like Pluric's ass photo, this is almost on par with that. Instant classic.
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:06 PM   #15
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ANYWAYS.... Moving on...

So Friday night it was:

Ken (690e with the fairing, wearing a BMW jacket of all things.. ).
Harcus ( Jim on the 500exc)
Ryman (dirtbikish 690e)
me (520 exc)
gisKEV (XR650R)

So a pretty good posse.

We cruised up out of Wallsburg Utah, which is south of Heber City sort of near Sundance. It's the beginning of a long set of dirt roads and rough dirt roads, some of which are mostly used by ATV riders and Rhino drivers and hunters, but stretches at least 100 miles in the west-east mountains to the direction of the desert.

I had never ridden this before but heard a lot about it from friends who go riding in the area. It was good tight trees and about 35 miles of pretty nasty little rocky areas, but then opened up to fast groomed road and interspersed with these beautiful wide open fields as the sun was setting, and we were up well over 8K in altitude I figured..

We were all excited to be there. Also some of us hadn't met each other (we are all men who met on the Internet) so there was a little bit of awkardness as we all met each other. This said it was a fun and a blast and it was neat to see how each other ride.

Here is ryman hauling ass on the 690e in one of the open field areas


Here is kev as it started getting colder and shortly before he put on his jacket and we took a quick nip of some bone-warming whiskey. This shows some of the beautiful background high altitude fields, on the "lolly pop stem" of our route.



We ended up riding well into dark and this was nice to allow folks to flush out how well (or not well) their lights were working. I said I wanted to ride into dark early on so we could get some miles. Also, I was just pumped to be there and finally out and riding, as we'd been planning for this trip for months. Somehow riding into the dark became the theme so we rallied all the way to the Soldier Summit intersection, on Route 6 between Moab and Salt Lake City. This is the high point of the route at around 7K feet I think. Solder summit is basically just a gas station where we all purchased supplies at least 2 tall boys each, and Harcus found a neat little camping spot down off the highway in this valley on a river and next to the train tracks.

It was beautiful and we had a feeling it would be cold though it was actually OK through at least midnight or however late it was. The moon was nowhere to be found, and the stars were massive and deep deep deep, unlike I've seen for some time, which was killer.

Debauchery then ensued and there were good times and somehow this photo was taken (I'm gonna need to let Walrus explain) but I think Ryman almost lost his keys and managed to somehow find them above his ass in his dirtbike pants, and somehow they had wrangled their way out of a pocket into his pant's butt crack, and they'd been that way on the ride!



We also all BS'd about bikes and KTM technology and what we all had for camping, what we brought for food, who has a stove and who didn't, how much shit some people had brung while others hadn't brought much at all, what size bike dirtbike (510cc, 650cc, 690cc etc) what tent we had, etc etc etc. It was actually pretty awesome. I will say it was not minimalist though, we got a taste of each person's style for "ADV" and how much shit they bring, and what type of moto they roll. None of us were minimalist, and even I had a little too much stuff this time. Mostly because I was fearing the cold. But it was great times. And we were all bushed, so we hit the hay by probably 11-12ish...

The following morning. This is sort of what it looked like in the morning when my trailtech vapor was telling me it was 29 degrees out which seemed right given the frost... The sun seemed to also take forever to get to us, but that didn't stop us from taking eons to get on our bikes and get rolling.

(yes, this is ice all over the bikes:


Here's what it looked like in the morning as we prepped. Photos don't do the spot or the shitshow or beer cans & MRE packets in the dirt justice unfortunately.. (yes we left without a trace of course)


Ken (The Walrus) then joined us for breakfast down at this awesome place in Helper, Utah called the Balanced Rock Eatery. I never mentioned the sheriff's wife, who was sitting at the table next to us (not sure if you guys noticed who I 'm talking about - she looked like a pornstar with her massive fake cans), so I'll mention it now. When I kept looking over for 2nd and 3rd glimpses she caught me and I felt like she was sort of giving me the eye back... If only she'd known about the duct tape over my nipples.. But whatever.. And luckily the sheriff didn't seem to notice..

Ryman had a family emergency and had to take off and didn't do breakfast... There went KTM #3. Ken also then took off as he had an appointment that afternoon in Salt Lake City. So now it was just down to just Kev, me, and Harcus for the rest of the trip. Lean and mean and psyched though, and let the adventure begin!

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