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Old 05-12-2014, 12:47 PM   #106
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We managed to find another route around the roadblock, backtracking only a mile or so, and before too much longer we reached Highway 144, passing through Nashoba along the way. I found their school gymnasium interesting for some reason:



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Old 05-12-2014, 12:48 PM   #107
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Back at camp we checked the forecast and decided to play it safe and pack up. After all, we’d gotten to ride over 225 miles this weekend, so we figured it was just as well. It would, however, be very easy to spend several days in this area riding, but unfortunately we’ll have to wait until next time to do some more exploring.

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Old 05-19-2014, 01:23 PM   #108
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Great thread ! I wouldnt mind tagging along on one of your day rides. Looks like my kind of fun

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Old 05-19-2014, 01:30 PM   #109
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Great thread ! I wouldnt mind tagging along on one of your day rides. Looks like my kind of fun
Sounds good. Okraider81 lives just north of you, so next time we're planning something I'll holler and see if you want to join us.
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Old 10-08-2014, 04:06 PM   #110
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Roxy goes to Utah

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Roxy goes to Utah: Pre-trip thoughts

For a while now some friends and I have wanted to go on a ride that was more than just a weekend or few days (like our awesome trip last year to New Mexico), but just weren’t sure where to go since there are so many awesome places to ride. The TAT has always been appealing, but with only a week of vacation for this, we’d be limited to only being able to do a small section of it, not to mention backtracking or slabbing it back to where we started. That just didn’t seem like a good idea. So we narrowed our idea down to Colorado and Utah, and possibly doing some of both, if we could figure out a nice loop.

There are a ton of ride reports covering all sorts of cool rides around CO and UT, and I love reading all of them, but I have to admit that there were two in particular that inspired me to actually start planning a trip.

Jglow’s Ultimate Utah Adventure Route – The UTBDR and a Whole Lot More. Jglow also has a trip report from this year as well here - good stuff. And then there’s BigDog’s trip with DingWeeds and friends: BigDog/Friends/COBDR/UTBDR/2,3 & 4 Corners. On BigDog’s report, we got to see the early announcement of 3-Step Hideaway, which seemed like a “must do” if anywhere in that part of the country!

So off I started with planning, reading more ride reports, studying maps, GPS tracks, and whatever other Forestry/BLM/National Park/MVUM map information could find. We quickly realized that having only a week was going to be limiting for us, so we dropped the idea of Colorado and just focused on Utah. Reviewing the tracks for the UTBDR was a good starting point, but the more I learne about Utah, the more I wanted to do more than the UTBDR. I also didn’t want to have to backtrack any, so I had to come up with some sort of loop for the week. Also, since I didn’t want to spend all week re-routing, I pretty much tried to stick with routes that I was fairly confident we could get through on or there were tracks already available for. My goal was simple: keep it interesting, see as much as possible, ride as little slab as practical, and not get too crazy with overly challenging routes.
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Roxy goes to Utah: Pre-trip thoughts

That leaves me, riding my WR250X (disguised as a “R” on D606s) and Okraider81 (Dave), riding his trusty DRZ400, fondly known as QE2, also recently shod with a rear D606.

Dave and I both decided to upgrade our tanks so we wouldn’t have to carry extra fuel. I mounted an IMS 4.7 on my WR, while he put an Acerbis 3.7 on his DRZ. That should give us all the range we need for the areas we’ll be riding in SE Utah anyway. The 4.7 is a huge tank on the WR, but I’ve chosen functionality over looks, and also gone with the natural color and have zero regrets on that choice! I love being able to see the gas level at a quick glance.

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Roxy goes to Utah: Pre-trip thoughts

We’re both pretty much all packed now, have our food situation figured out, and are ready to roll. We’ll be camping every night we’re riding, so we have all that gear along with as well. We thought we were planning the absolute minimal list of things we need, but once you start packing and get it all on the bikes, it seems like so much, and is definitely a different ride. Fortunately our first day should be fairly easy riding (for the most part), so that should give us some time to get a good feel for things.

Now we just have to wait until it’s time to go! And as any of you that have been to that area already know, this will definitely be a week of over-the-top ocular smorgasbord!
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Old 10-20-2014, 02:47 PM   #114
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Roxy goes to Utah: Sneak preview

Here's a few sneak preview pictures. Needless to say, the week of riding in southeast Utah was epic!













And by all means, stop by 3 Step Hideaway and stay with Scott & Julie if you're in the area! What a gem of a place this is!

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The rest of this Utah report can be found at The Southeast Utah 1000
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