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Old 05-11-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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Wink White Rim Trail - May 2012

Well, it was an awesome adventure. Two R1200GSAs, a WR250, and a KLR650 got together to tackle the trail. Started in via. the Poison Spider trail and exited via. Mineral Basin. About 100 miles on the trail, plus the additional to/from trailhead distances. The KLR and WR we excellent rides for the tip. The two GS's took to the trail nicely as well (first major off-road trip for both the bikes and the riders). It took us about 11 hours door to door, but we stopped about every 15 or twenty minutes for picture taking and hydration (be sure to bring plenty of water with you). There were only a few tricky sections (hardscrable hill, etc.). There were a few sand sections that were a major pain in the ass on the GS bikes (the WR and KLR didn't have any issue). One GS had the stock Anakees and the other had Heidenaus, both did fine on the trip. If you are feeling like you need an adventure this is trail ought to keep you satisfied for a while. Helpful hint for other GSA riders - turn off your ASC before doing any serious off-road work. The first few uphill sections I forgot that and the engine gets retarded just when you need the power the most. I left the ABS on and that seemed to work just fine.

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Old 05-11-2012, 06:12 PM   #2
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:00 PM   #3
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Awesome dudes! The WRT was an incredible ride for us, we added it into our Trans-America Trail adventure.
Congratulations on getting the GSs through that!
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:09 PM   #4
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Awesome pics

Nice pics, AJ! Need more shots of the WR, though. Glad I decided to keep the mirror on, so I could keep track of you boys on the GSs .

Re-hydrating with Limeys back in camp was fun, too
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:21 PM   #5
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WRT May

Hey AJ,

How busy was it with traffic ...... you know, bicycles and support trucks?

Been thinking about going over and riding it again but thought I should do it before all the kids get out of school and families start traveling for the summer.

Thanks for the pics .... I forget how spectacular the scenery is.

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Old 05-13-2012, 08:37 AM   #6
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Here's a photo of the WR in the foreground & me barely visible in the background. I must have been at least a mile ahead of you in this shot.

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Old 05-13-2012, 08:41 AM   #7
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Looks like a good time. I wish I was closer to the trails in that area, every RR from that corner of the country looks fun.
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:46 AM   #8
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Hey AJ,

How busy was it with traffic ...... you know, bicycles and support trucks?

Been thinking about going over and riding it again but thought I should do it before all the kids get out of school and families start traveling for the summer.

Thanks for the pics .... I forget how spectacular the scenery is.

Rob
Traffic was not too bad, some bottlenecks. You are right though, school lets out in two weeks & I bet it will pick up. Also, the high temp on the trail only reached ~90 & we were able to do it with 2 liters of H20 each. That's changing quickly.

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Old 05-13-2012, 04:49 PM   #9
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Hey was this on May 4th? I think we passed you going the opposite direction at monument basin. We were a KLR and an XT250 going counterclockwise. That's an awesome ride. -al
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:50 PM   #10
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The WRT is awesome fun!
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:53 PM   #11
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Now, with video!

It took me a while to get organized, and longer to edit the video together than we took to ride the WRT, but it became strangely addictive fun. A month after the ride, memory of the pain and heat has faded leaving just the great fun and amazing scenery.

In summary, three inmates from N. Colorado and one from SoCal converged on Moab in early May to ride the WRT. Two BMW Adventures, a KLR650 and a WR250R. As I didn't negotiate any international music licensing deals, there's no telling how long the video will be there - watch it now!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMVKi8fDhNg

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Old 06-10-2013, 08:29 PM   #12
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New video link - Damn youtube!

Can't believe this ride was a year ago! Turns out youtube thought I used a few seconds too much of the theme song from a 50-yr-old movie, so the link above no longer works. Here's a working link: https://vimeo.com/63134727

Now, back to planning this year's CDR ride...
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:22 PM   #13
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Wohoo, t-minus 8 days 'till we split for the CDT.



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