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Old 10-04-2013, 04:17 PM   #166
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Hey everybody,
I am headed back to 3 Step soooooo ......I won't be posting for a while until I get to some Wi-Fi!!!..........Carry on.......Mark, Bill and Bud!!!.....You guys are doing an Awesome job!!!!
We hope to have Satellite Internet and Phone service soon!!!..........And a Website!!!!........I will keep everybody posted!
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:21 PM   #167
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Holy !@#$^...that's like my worst nightmare Takes stones and skills to do a trailside repair like that. Hope he was able to resurrect the 990.

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We ran across these fellows------------burned out clutch---real bummer.
I helped them figure out how many miles it was to a highway with my gps.

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Old 10-06-2013, 07:44 PM   #168
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Another dog

I'm in! You need another dog looking in on you guys! Great photos Mark!
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:01 PM   #169
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Day 2 Video

Shots from Day 2 riding....



Oh.. and the music at the end of the video is about to go platinum!
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:07 PM   #170
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Shots from Day 2 riding....


Oh.. and the music at the end of the video is about to go platinum!
Oh that's not platinum----that's "Unobtanium"

Just think---when I'm dead and gone---you'll still have that jewel to listen to.

Superb job Bill !!!!

BigDog

PS------I'll be in Potosi this weekend. Probably have breakfast in Pucky Huddle
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:14 PM   #171
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great video but no audio

another great video...so clear and sharp...unbelievably high quality.
When you did the zoom on big dog, I assume that is another video camera other than your gopro or is there a zoom device out there for the gopro like they have for camera phones now?

No audio on this video that i could figure out how to turn on.
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:33 AM   #172
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I'm in! You need another dog looking in on you guys! Great photos Mark!
Hey dogmoon-------------------woooooooof

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another great video...so clear and sharp...unbelievably high quality.
When you did the zoom on big dog, I assume that is another video camera other than your gopro or is there a zoom device out there for the gopro like they have for camera phones now?

No audio on this video that i could figure out how to turn on.
There is audio-----try sliding that sound slider on the bottom of the you tube window----------when I don't have any sound that's usually what I have to do------unless I forget to turn on my external sound amplifier---I do that a lot too.

When it gets to the part where I'm singing---------you might want to turn it back off.

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Old 10-08-2013, 03:52 AM   #173
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Day 4 September 4th, 2013

I'm going to be gone riding for a few days ----------so I will post another day up before I go----then maybe Bill can post up some stuff.




Motel in Green River Utah to our campsite on "Reservation Ridge"

Look what's going on here----the old guys have already ate breakfast---went for a long walk, destroyed the toilet, drank 4 cups of coffee, packed up, and looky
what we find back at the Motel-------------a texter !!!!!!

When I took this picture-----------ole' Bill (he's forty now) gave me the stink eye----he knew what was going to happen with this picture------he'll get me back I'm sure.









The TAT goes thru Green River then West---but we veered off Northwest on CR-1029 then Cottonwood Wash road.
No rain yet !!!! It ain't gonna rain.








I didn't have a clue we were going to be on the Spanish Trail.
We saw a couple different types of signs designatin this route.






We ran across these real nice guys several times. They'd get ahead of us---they'd have a problem -------we'd catch up.
They'd get ahead of us again-------they'd have a problem------we'd catch up.
Good bunch of guys---but things would get much worse for them later on-------much worse----I think they just had a flat here.
I think the Harley Buell was the most unusual bike we saw out there----Had some real big knobbies on it.







It was pretty sandy here------seems I remember it being deeper than it looks ????






The route headed North Mostly and I remember we got gas and re-stocked snacks in Wellington, Utah on route 191.










This is called "Balance Rock"
It was just a little off route---I had been here before years ago and marked this rock with a waypoint
and just wanted to show the guys something neat.
The last time I was hear the rode was dirt and gravel.

Well I found that picture-----seems it was just 2 years ago and I was on my 950.











I can only imagine how much that thing weighs.I bet if I was a little kid and lived around there I could see myself climbing up there
with a hammer and chisel---------well you get the picture!









Who's the dummy standing under that thing-------yeh, it was me.






We walked up the hill a bit beside the rock and found these-----awesome !!!







From Balance Rock the route headed West mostly on Argyle Canyon road.







We ended up camping for the night on Reservation ridge---which is on Reservation ridge road.
I suppose it was named that because it was near the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation.
At almost 10,000 ft. the air was pretty thing and I thought it would get really cold---but it didn't.






Camping ain't camping unless you got a fire---------so out came my "Sven" saw.
I let everybody have a turn at it.






On the ground is the "Dingweeds R3000 Adventure Tarp"
It has many uses---and always does triple duty.






Bills stock mirror broke off and they made a fix with JB Weld-------but it didn't last long the next day.






During the night we were all awoke by the worst and loudest thunderstorm I ever camped in.
The thunder was deafoning ---------the wind was howling but we had good protecting with the big trees by us.
And it poured and poured and poured--------it poured on Reservation ridge road-----you know---the one that is impasable when wet !!!!!!!

Here is a map of our route today----about 152 Miles

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Old 10-08-2013, 04:38 AM   #174
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Nice , keep it coming!
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:36 AM   #175
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Great report so far keep it coming.

if this was in CT, it would either be covered in graffiti or the State would've taken it down to protect us from ourselves.

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Old 10-08-2013, 09:37 AM   #176
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Day 3

Sorry for getting a bit behind ... seems I gotta work everyday unlike other folks

It was sad to say goodbye to 3 Step Hideaway... but we knew we had some more riding to do!



We were headed here... the Lasal mountains..



First though before we got to caught up in the ride, we'd better fuel up at this one-pump stop shop.. ( *side note to KTM* : what were you thinking when you put the gas cap on an adventure bike where your gear will obviously go!??? Tell 'em Bud!)





From the desert terrain to huge pines.. man I sooo enjoying these roads through the Lasals...



This is were we stopped and could hear running water, but never could see it.. the sounds were surreal, we just new a big bear was watching us..



We kept climbing up and up.. the temps continued to cool off. Then up a head we heard what sounded like a Harley.. but there's just no way.. up here! Well.. sure enough this energetic character pulls up to us and immediately starts chatting as if he'd been a part of our group the whole time. It was crazy.. he'd been on some pretty epic adventures himself and had story after story about them.. he told us he once signed an autograph in a bar for some guy who sweared he was the Kenny Rogers..



The sights were endless as we continued to get closer to our intersection with the UTBDR....





I don't know how long I stared at this... seriously!!!!! Wow.. is all I could think.. just amazing.



BigDog enjoying the view as well..



Off in the distance we could see some pretty grey, loaded up clouds moving in. But out here you never really know if you'll get rained on or completely miss it.. but we kept moving, on to the Kokopelli Trail..



We started hitting some thick sandy stuff.. then here came a steady drizzle..



But no rain could stop ups.. we ain't skeerd



I remember this is about were BigDog and I kinda let it hang out a bit.. we started hauling down this trail, decending at a good rate.. the flat rock road was starting to get slick from the rain.. but luckily it'd have patches of dirt so you didn't get loose. Then there was this off camber down hill drop off onto about 12 feet of pure slick rock.. my eye's got huge, and I was flying.. I just blipped the throttle right before it and felt like I just hovered right across it, puckering the whole time.

When I got down to where BigDog was waiting, we both started laughing and asking how each of us took that scary slick spot.. seems we both flew right over that thing.. it could of been bad if we didn't have superior riding skills on a superior 250cc machine of awesome!



What goes down.. must go up (usually!)



more to come..
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:39 PM   #177
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Day 3 Cont'd

Bud & I rolled his horse back down the steep hill and away he went... as BigDog and Dingweed watched from above.. can you see them in the previous photo.. hehe

What they were really doing is waiting for one of us to fall again so they could snap the photo.. but not this time boys!! I flew right up it...



Then we hit Onion Creek Rd.. this was probably one of my favorite route we took.. it was stellar. Photos & video just don't paint a good enough picture.. so you are gonna need to go ride it!

There were many many crossings...







The terrain around this creek change quite often too..



Here comes Dingweed, boy he was having a blast!



Time for BigDog to mark his territory again... but what he doesn't know.. is after he rode around the corner.. I pee'd over his mark..



My front D606 was still hangin' in there... come on baby you can do it!



Whatever..



Our journey continued....



on to the Spanish Trail.. what a piece of history this area was.. Spanish explorers and primarily Ute Indians established the trail some time ago in the late 1700s.. cool!



On this section we would hit one of the deepest sand sections we'd ever ride..





I quickly saved a waypoint for this area.. as it seem to be taking bikes one by one.. but not our little 250s.. they just go right through this stuff..

One BMW got a flat.. and a Buell was almost at its end of life as an ADV bike. These guys were super nice and we enjoyed meeting up with them every time we saw them. Good group of fellow ADV'ers right there...



The way this trail sidewind through the land, it seemed to be parts of an old mining rail bed or something, just a neat section of the UTBDR!



Up and over...



The riding today was never-ending scenic and adventurous... We decided we'd motel it to get cleaned up and eat a real cooked meal. On the way back from dinner to the hotel, we got attacked by Green River mosquitos that almost ate BigDog's leg right off, I think he ran back to the room!! ..it was like I've never seen before.

What a great day..

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Old 10-08-2013, 03:37 PM   #178
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:10 PM   #179
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been loving these pics!!!!
when i grow up I want to be you guys
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:01 PM   #180
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another great video...so clear and sharp...unbelievably high quality.
When you did the zoom on big dog, I assume that is another video camera other than your gopro or is there a zoom device out there for the gopro like they have for camera phones now?
Yea I have a different camera.. I actually had 4 on this trip.. haha..

- Canon T2i DSLR - Carried in my Pelican case, shoot both photo and video. Used a Sennheiser MKE 400 shotgun mic w/Windscreen
- Canon Vixia HF100 - Super small HD camera, zoomable & have wide angle lens for it.
- GoPro Hero2 - Mounted on the left side of my helmet with a Giant Squid cardio mic + windscreen tucked inside my helmet mouth guard area with magnets. Works pretty well.
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP1 - Run this on a retractable cord on my Camelback strap for quick run-n-gun shots.

I set my cameras, both video & photo, to shoot with a pretty flat contrast/brightness/saturation, etc. settings so they capture as much data as possible, then I can pull out the vibrance in post when I get home. There aren't too many photographers that hand you the photo right off the memory card, because you don't have to! You can get way better photos with a few minor tweaks when you get on the computer.

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