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Old 07-11-2013, 05:30 AM   #1
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Planning my first big trip. NM, CO, UT, CA

Hi guys,
My wife and I are planning our first extended adventure tour. I'm based in nw New Mexico. I'd like to do about 70/30 street/dirt. We'll be 2 up on my new f800gsa.

I'm thinking we'll depart Farmington, nm, head to Moab, do the kokepelli trail or similar, then Salt Lake City for some paragliding, then north to climb mt saint Helens, south along the ca coast with a stop at redwood national forest, then Yosemite, Las Vegas, then back home with a stop at the Grand Canyon. Highway mileage would be just over 3100, but I'm hoping to spend plenty of miles on the dirt

Any must see stuff I should incorporate? Specifically looking for remote dirt track or roads that would allow progress along the route. We've got 12-18 days.

Thanks!

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Old 07-11-2013, 09:15 PM   #2
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That is AAA's map and Benchmark.

In UT: Hwy 12, Burr Trail, all the NP's, Kolob Res.

Vegas area: Hoover Dam & bypass bridge, Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon.

Grand Canyon: North Rim & Cape Royal.

That should get you started, sounds like a great ride!!
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Old 07-12-2013, 07:08 PM   #3
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That is AAA's map and Benchmark.

In UT: Hwy 12, Burr Trail, all the NP's, Kolob Res.

Vegas area: Hoover Dam & bypass bridge, Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon.

Grand Canyon: North Rim & Cape Royal.

That should get you started, sounds like a great ride!!
Awesome, thanks. I'll look into those areas....
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:54 AM   #4
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I live in Page, AZ, and I would recomend you look at the Burr trail also. there are some other roads that may be of interest to you, like Cottonwood Canyon Road, Hole in the Rock road, really there are roads all over southern utah that are not paved yet are fairly accessable depending on what you are looking for as an experience.

Be advised that the ferry from Halls Crossing, UT to Bullfrog, UT did start running on July 4th but if it breaks and can't run it is about a 200 mile detour and it only runs seasonally.

Are you looking to stay in motels along the way or camp most nights?
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:18 AM   #5
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It will be hot, take plenty of water. If you only have one bike going, get a SPOT for emergencies. In the unlikely event of a mishap, you can get help. The hydration, or water vests work very well to keep you cool in the scorching heat.
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:36 PM   #6
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I'm planning on covering similar ground in April, but starting from Miami, heading across Louisiana, Texas, then heading up through Arizona to southern Utah, Nevada, then up to Yosemite and San Francisco. My sister and brother-in-law will be joining me.

We're at the planning stage, so these tips are useful.

I'm thinking I'll purchase a 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo, and I think my brother-in-law is considering a 2013 BMW R 1200 GS.

Long trip - I'm hoping we can cover the boring bits reasonably quickly by Interstate, then get off and meander through nicer B roads at our leisure.
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:43 AM   #7
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I use both those maps. Indian Country is probably the handiest.

There are all kinds of opportunities to ride graded dirt roads.

1. Burr Trail from Bullfrog Landing to Boulder, UT.
2. Cottonwood Creek from Cannonville, UT south to 89.
3. House Rock Rd from just west of Cottonwood Creek south to 89A
4. St. George south through Mt Trumbull to Toroweap Campground on the North Rim.
5. Find the Pony Express Trail just south of Salt Lake along the southern edge of the Salt Flats. Ride that to Hwy 93 in Nevada. From there ride tar to Mt St. Helens.

A lot of these roads can be pretty soft. I'd want a DOT knobby in front. Mud can be a problem. I scouted a road northeast out of Big Water Utah that went to Escalante, called Smokey Mountain Road. But it is not big bike friendly and there are a couple of water crossings.

Sounds like fun.
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