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Old 05-02-2013, 10:52 AM   #16
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Slowred knew he was getting low on fuel at mile 87 of the day and pulled his gas can out of his pack. Actually he has been lucky two weeks in a row on long rides where we ran across someone with fuel. Some guys working on a broken side by side gave him the sip of fuel this time.



The Bucket Boy kite! Or testing the structural integrity of the overhanging rock we all parked our bikes on! Notice which way Slowred is headed.



Bucket Boy looking for the quick way down.



That's not it!



Time to turn around.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:59 AM   #17
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We rode Hwy 128 back into Moab.



It was only about 30 miles but felt like much more after such a long day in the saddle.



The views actually start to seem monotonous - a canyon with a river and a road in the bottom. It's all beautiful stuff, but we needed better seats for that section. Somewhere along the road Bucket Boy's 250 finally popped and sputtered out of fuel on the main petcock straw. Within a few feet my 530 did the same on a similar sized tank. Amazing that the fuel economy would be so similar.



We gassed up, headed to the Condo to get cleaned up and then back out to Pasta Jay's for some excellent food!
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:10 AM   #18
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The map of our first day riding in Moab.



And the elevation profile of the 136 mile day.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:14 AM   #19
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:06 PM   #20
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The second day of riding (third of the trip) saw us all moving a little slower and getting ready a little later in the morning. I think Refokus is slouching a bit.



We scooted through town with a minor detour to Below the Rocks trail to cut off some highway droning.



We went West through The Portal and spotted the famous arch off Poison Spider Trail on the other side of the river.



Behind the arch is a big pot hole.



Slightly different view.



If you haven't seen the video of the guy who rides it (not any of us!), here you go:
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:12 PM   #21
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We stopped at the Moab Rim Trail to watch the action/carnage.



These were some really nice, old Broncos.



Bucket Boy told us that this was the first of many steps on the trail and they only get bigger and steeper.



These guys were already breaking parts and winching up.



This one made a loud pop and went from 4WD to 3WD.



The last one already had some minor body damage and looked the part, so we expected a lot. Unfortunately he was 3WD even before the step and got winched up.



"Miss My Money" - that about sums up 4WDs.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:21 PM   #22
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There is a surprising amount of sugar sand around Moab. 4play's TeraFlex tire really had the advantage in this stuff.



We stopped briefly at this petroglyph site.



And then moved down the road to the Tombstones where climbers slowly ascend and then base jump from the top!



Bucket Boy doing the trail talk thing.



Another stop down the road at Birthing Rock. Here's some info.



The images are in pretty good shape.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:26 PM   #23
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More images on the northwest side.



A lot less on the south (hottest) side.



More faint images.



The birth.



Some serious conversation.



Slowred tries to add to the cairn.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:35 PM   #24
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Huge potash settling ponds on the other side of the river. If it's in your fertilizer, it probably came from here.



At Chicken Corner the closest wall on the other side of the river is part of a gooseneck. It would be a neat hike, but not in the heat we were already dealing with.



Looking back to Chicken Corner.



Bucket Boy hanging out on the edge again.



Slowred keeps an eye on the inside line.



Taking it all in, but keeping in contact.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:46 PM   #25
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The green veins are apparently full of copper and uranium. Lucrative mining if the vein is big enough.



Don't pull too hard!



Another green deposit.



Balanced Rock somewhere near Hurrah Pass.



More funky erosion.



Refokus at Kane Spring Rd turn.



Slowred arrived shortly after. The dust kept us well apart on the road.

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Old 05-02-2013, 12:52 PM   #26
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The ride to and back from Chicken Corner was warm and dusty.



We welcomed the cooler, more lush and WET sections of Kane Springs Creek!



Refokus blasted through the water crossings.



Photo op of some lush greenery.



Holes in the sandstone could be carved out for bird nests.



Bucket Boy and 4play were waiting for us in the shade.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:59 PM   #27
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I got out ahead of 4play in the next section.



When he came around the corner at the option point in the road, I motioned up this hill, not expecting him to go for it.



His focus shifted so quick to the hill that I didn't have time to call him off.



Not seeing anyone else up the hill he realized I was up to something.



For a couple seconds I thought I was going to have to chase him up there!



This is about where he grumbles, 'Payback is a B*$(#!'
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:04 PM   #28
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The cutoff we took puts us down in the bottom of this cool canyon.



That means there are some climbs to negotiate to get out. Refokus nailed this one.



Refokus and 4play draw straws for the next one.



4play hit something that knocked him off line here.



But he wasn't lacking for traction to get going again.



Just a little more and you're at the top!
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:07 PM   #29
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Refokus was up next.



I think he hit the same thing 4play did and got a little wobbly.



And then took a little spill.



At least he didn't take a hard left. "Dude, where's my bike?"
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:11 PM   #30
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Slowred got the advantage of our failures today and we spotted a better line to the right.



It wasn't obvious from below.



He's actually moving here, even though it looks stopped.



The line was much more solid but the turn you have to make on the hill to hit the line is more technical.



Farther along there was a surprise step at the top of this hill.



Just a little early to catch 4play in the air.

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