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Old 02-10-2014, 09:29 PM   #136
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Thank you for sharing this great adventure!
No better way of killing a cold winter evening.
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Old 02-10-2014, 10:54 PM   #137
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Great RR! My group ran into you two on Lockhart Basin Rd as we all tried to decipher where the washed out road was. We could tell your pilot was a strong rider but were relieved when you passed us on the way back to Moab. Quite an adventure you've had so far. Memories!


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Old 02-11-2014, 10:33 PM   #138
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Thanks Bob, we enjoyed your COBDR/UTBDR RR as well! Prev and I were glad to run into your group out on Lockhart Basin road, that was a great day of riding. We tackled LaSal pass the hard way that afternoon and some of those loose rocky climbs were incredibly hairy on the 990 two-up, but we made it through without any get offs. Saw a bunch of deer on that trail, they were everywhere.

Next up...Canyonlands!

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Great RR! My group ran into you two on Lockhart Basin Rd as we all tried to decipher where the washed out road was. We could tell your pilot was a strong rider but were relieved when you passed us on the way back to Moab. Quite an adventure you've had so far. Memories!

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Old 02-12-2014, 12:39 AM   #139
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I'm pretty sure that's a potato digger.

Great ride report. Thanks for posting.

Hi wr37! Thanks for tuning in! Manure spreader or potato digger, it is very cool.
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:48 AM   #140
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Great RR! My group ran into you two on Lockhart Basin Rd as we all tried to decipher where the washed out road was. We could tell your pilot was a strong rider but were relieved when you passed us on the way back to Moab. Quite an adventure you've had so far. Memories!.

Thanks Dynobob! I was relieved as well!
I'll be posting about that day soon, Canyonlands up next!
Here's a preview of everyone "cooling off" in more ways than one.

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Old 02-12-2014, 12:51 AM   #141
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....... Jeremy has already done Baja but not 2 up...
Correction, Jeremy has not ridden Baja yet. Add that to the to-do list!
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Correction, Jeremy has not ridden Baja yet. Add that to the to-do list!

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Old 02-12-2014, 02:53 AM   #143
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Passed Out In CO & Washed Up In UT! Big Bikes Conquer The Elements Of The West!

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DAY 13: Canyonlands, Moab
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9/18/13



On the agenda today was Canyonlands - White Rim Trail.
Mike heard that the switchback trails were completely gone and washed out 3/4 of the way, so we wouldn't be able to do the loop.
Meaning, this would be the 2nd time nature interfered preventing Mike from completing the loop.
But, we planned to go up to that point and turn right back around... well, that was the plan...


I was going to let the guys have a "guys ride" today and rent a jeep and explore on my own, but Jeremy insisted I come along.
It was going to be really hot out there (>90), so I thought I'd go along and continue to be moral support.


After having oatmeal, power bars, and fruit juice for breakfast, we geared up.
We didn't need to pack our luggage today as we were going to stay one more night in Moab, so we were riding light today!


Dayum! It was only 8am and it was nearing 80's already!



WOW! This place is amazing! Soooo glad I went along.









Here's Mike's video of the Shafer Switchbacks in Canyonlands... be careful, Mike!





We were on our way to the White Rim Trail...









But first, a photo op... Which pose is your favorite? Can you guess who went first out onto the arch without hesitation?









Will post more tomorrow... right now...
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:56 AM   #144
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Yay! Thanks, Bgunn! Glad you're enjoying our RR so far!
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Great ride report!!! Even better pics
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:19 PM   #146
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Thanks, Dubl-A!
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...Anyone care to guess on how long??
haha, Moab to Green River, Sept 2013.....yeah i know EXACTLY how long.

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Old 02-12-2014, 10:35 PM   #148
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DAY 13 - Continued: Canyonlands, Moab
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9/18/13



After striking a pose at Musselman Arch, we got back on the bikes and headed for White Rim Trail.











Nature is amazing! Even in the hottest and driest of conditions, beauty and life can still be found!




The White Rim Trail: "One hundred miles of spectacular southern Utah scenery.
Wind your way down precipitous switchbacks, camp in remote desert locations, pass countless red rock formations - good luck keeping your eyes on the road."






















Along the trail, you'll find stacked rock formations like this one.
I have scoured the internet for hours and couldn't find the background behind this sculpture, does anyone know the story and symbolism behind it?




While the scenery was spectacular, the trail itself was very rocky and bone rattling - a sure test for your shocks.

Nearing the halfway point of the trail, we found a little shade against the rocks and took our lunch break: we drank lots of water and inhaled a lot of power bars.

At this point we decided to forego going the 3/4 distance and only go up to the halfway point and turn back around.

We'll be back to do the whole trail next time, and we'll camp halfway through.

Until then, the vistas will remain etched in our minds (on this forum and the cloud ).





We planned on going to this Chuckwagon Dinner & Show, but they were closed on Wednesdays.




Jeremy and I decided to go to Buck's Grill instead and it ended up being an awesome back up plan!
*They were featured on Foodnetwork's Food Paradise for their buffalo meatloaf.
I had the multi-meat platter (buffalo, elk & pork)! Go Meat!


While waiting for our dinner, I noticed a glass object at the bar (the image below on the right).
The beautiful form caught my eye. I asked about it and it is an absinthe decanter. I need to buy one of these, for lemonade of course.






Before dinner, a personal emergency came up for Mike (all cleared up now) and he couldn't join us for dinner as he needed to make plans to go back home.
Jeremy and I had the choice of going back with him or continuing on the ride on our own for the rest of the duration of the trip, 3 more days.
We opted to finish the trip and would later make our own arrangements for the return home.
For now, Jeremy and I enjoyed dinner and got a good night's rest.
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haha, Moab to Green River, Sept 2013.....yeah i know EXACTLY how long.

Yikes! That looks like a lot of mud-slinging fun!
Mud = = = in the end, sometimes, maybe...
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DAY 14: Arches NP then Moab to Monticello (UTBDR - in reverse)
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But we ended up in Blanding instead... read on...
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9/19/13
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Jeremy and I would be on our own from this point on in the trip.
We decided we'd worry about the details of the return when we got to Monticello, not realizing getting a room would be impossible when we got there.


After a nice breakfast, we decided, since it was nearby, to check out Arches NP for a bit.



I had seen all of my friends FB posts of their trips out to Arches, but to actually see it in person... what a blessing!
Check one more off the National Parks bucket list!




We were limited on our time here, so we made the most of what he had.











We only made 2 stops: Park Avenue Trail & Lower/Upper Delicate Arch View Points.


Stop 1: Park Avenue Trail
We just took pics from the beginning of the trail head near the parking lot.
We didn't have time to hike, so we took it all in as quickly as we could.










Snapping up pics where I could from the back of the 990 along the way...









Stop 2: Lower and Upper Delicate Arch View Point
We didn't have time (1hr +/- & in gear ) to hike the actual Arch Trail, so we did the next best thing and went to the view points.
We first went to the Lower View Point area -- nice & easy but too far.
So we decided we'd just suck it up, deal with the heat and hike up the Upper View Point Trail - roughly the same distance but very steep.
It was soooooooo hot! But it was worth it! I did make him carry my jacket halfway. Thanks, Babe!
We'll have to definitely come back on a hiking trip and do the actual Arch Trail, along with all the other great trails available in the park.










What an amazing way to start off the day's ride and we couldn't wait to continue on the rest of the route, which included Lockhart Basin...
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