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Old 11-26-2012, 06:52 PM   #16
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While Eric and pluric chased sheep,


I kept my moto pointed towards other pursuits.....



You'll notice the light becoming more and more horizontal till we hit Murphy's Hogback.





This is my final shot of dusk and I did not spend time taking more photos.......



Needless to say, we finished this ride in relative, then total darkness which began around Potato Bottom........

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Old 11-26-2012, 06:52 PM   #17
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I had to zoom in across the large gorge to catch Josh on he other side.







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Old 11-26-2012, 06:58 PM   #18
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This time of year, ya gotta get it done by 4 p.m., methinks. That's a long ride. My hat's off to ya.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:10 PM   #19
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Well it looks like Ken has run out of photo steam. I couldn't stop clicking
it's just all so incredible.









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Old 11-26-2012, 07:13 PM   #20
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This time of year, ya gotta get it done by 4 p.m., methinks. That's a long ride. My hat's off to ya.
Yeah, we kinda misjudged the whole time thing.

I figured we all had lights, well the KLR has something that inpersonates a light.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:27 PM   #21
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But you did it, man! You've bragging rights forever.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:31 PM   #22
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Still enough light left to enjoy some more great views.






What goes up must come down. We were always going up or down
the mesa.



By now the light was going fast.







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Old 11-26-2012, 07:47 PM   #23
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Ken had been MIA fpr a little while. I had turned around to backtrack and see what was
going on. I see his lights coming and pull over to wait for him. His wrists were giving
a little trouble from standing so much.



I have to mention riding into the setting sun was brutal. At times we were blind going up
the meas into the sunlight. I just tried to stay close to the canyon wall and hope there
wouldn't be a rock to do a blind hit on. I was almost looking forward to sunset just to
have the glare spots gone.





Here comes the KTM up the mesa.



Just as he was about to make the hill the bike stalls. No tip over so
some wheel spin and he's good to go.

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Old 11-26-2012, 07:56 PM   #24
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Great shots Ricky!

I could see your lights on the top of Hardscrabble but it seemed much darker as I rode to the top. Looking forward to your take on true darkness, darkness......my old friend....I've come to talk with you again.......'bout a vision slowly creeping....



Quick edit: I'm a better rider when I stand on the pegs but I did get tired on this ride, fatigue and some tendonitis slowed me during the second half. The 990 stalled because I'm a bit spoiled for low end torque on other bikes....this bike needs to be opened up with higher rpm's, good thing my 908 got a good bite to spill me over the top...
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:59 PM   #25
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:29 PM   #26
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The downside of riding in the dark is no more views. The upside is it was so cool.
Kinda spooky at times. You know you are on the edge of hundreds of feet sheer
drop offs, but just can't see over the edge. Just before this ride I had added a
6 inch led light bar. Made all the difference.




Just as an example here is the bike without the led on.



With the led on. VERY helpful picking through the night.



The temps were startiing to drop too.



Not really having an idea where we were it was nice to run into this sign
just to give us hope.



I stole this photo off google to give an idea of what we were doing in the dark.
While at the sign I was waiting for Ken. Eric and Josh took off to start the
climb. It was so cool to see the lights going what looked like straight up.
Pitch black and all I can see are these floating lights. The photos did not work. Bummer.

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Old 11-26-2012, 08:42 PM   #27
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So sorry I didn't see you guys! I was there, too, and concluded that Thanksgiving week for us is the new Labor Day weekend. Utards are just too lucky ...
I think i saw your bikes at a hotel on the west side of main. Looked like you were set to jet!
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:14 PM   #28
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Well we did make it back and I have to admit I was happy to be back on slab to get
back into town. We wanted to do a ride in the morning before heading home.
Onion Creek put us too far off the time schedule for being home for Sunday dinner.
Eric had never been to Gemini Bridges and the route worked out well so we headed
that direction. Man have they neutered that trail. I had not been on it for a few years.
Graded out and pussified. Good for making time.

It's not easy looking this good all the time.



There is now chains and a parking corral. We used to be able to actually
ride down to the arch. It's a short walk. I just hate to see everything covered
with signs, chains and so controlled.



Josh's back was about done. Old injurys have caught up with him.




Eric was digging the area.


The double arch.



The boys....



The view.



From there it was head home. Fun, fun weekend!!!

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Old 11-26-2012, 09:16 PM   #29
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Arrrrgh on the night time photo's!

It was very KOOL to ride some challenging terrain in darkness. I have a 4 LED spot in addition to the stock yellow high/low setup on the 990. Some of my time was spent aiming that LED to give me a good light pattern for my speed.

Note to myself: the huge silt gash at Potato Bottom with 10 foot walls on each side.....

Those KOOL temps also played into me taking my time and reloading with another layer under my jacket.

It was to my benefit that I had 2 liters of water to combat the tourista induced by the dinner at Fiesta Mexicana Friday night.....another reason for my lagging fatigue......and another spot I'll never have dinner again....

On the whole, all four of us owned this ride rather nicely considering the situations that occurred......no regrets and plenty of fun was had by all.....

Those moon shots are indelibly etched in my mind......climbing the switchbacks.....hitting the concrete vados with big berms in front of them.....intermittent moon light......floating bike lights above me......

I hope you can conjure up an appropriate visual to correspond to this transcript.........
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:31 PM   #30
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I do have a couple more photos of Sunday to throw in to the mix........I was surprised that pluric didn't take the opportunity to pull up his front end on this one......



..........I was a little muscle sore myself on Sunday.....leaning on the lamp....maybe you think....I'm just a tramp....



I think my mileage totaled around 700 miles for the 3 days of Utardia...........

Then Home Again, Home Again.....

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