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Old 02-07-2014, 09:45 PM   #121
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DAY 11 - Continued: Destination Wellington En Route To UTBDR
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But we ended up in Green River instead... read on...
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9/16/13




That was the first time Jeremy and Mike used the Buddy Tow! Thank God it worked!

Lesson learned for next time...




After that little bit of oopsies, it was time to eat! We were all starving.


We stopped at the Naples Country Cafe and chowed down on breakfast and lunch fares. And there is always room for pie!




I thought the use of vintage advertising as table covers was clever!




After filling our bellies, we were back on the road and headed to check out 9 Mile Canyon.

Mike had heard good stuff about it and we were all jazzed to be back on the bikes.

But we weren't too jazzed about the darkening sky, rain, thunder and lightning...
We got rained on but I stayed nice and dry. And bonus, no lightning strikes!




Nine Mile Canyon started out lovely and smooth...









And then it became a little rocky, mucky, wet and slushy...





And then it became nice again... too nice... pavement...
But the scenery was lovely...










We made it to Wellington by about 5:30pm and started looking for camp sites.
We stopped at a Chevron and got a tip from the cashier (an avid local hiker & camper) on a nice camp site.
He gave us pretty good directions but we still managed to take a wrong turn.

Back on track, we found the site... umm....



For some reason, Mike decided to go ahead of us and check out the site and got himself stuck...



It wasn't too bad though - nothing compared to what Jeremy would have to deal with the next day.

Jeremy was able to ride Mike's bike out of the muddy muck.
And there was no way we were going to camp in there!









We decided to ride on and on and on and on and on and on to look for a camp site...

Finally, after a loooooong day of over 400 miles and 15 hours of riding (not the plan and never doing that again) - we ended up in Green River, where we almost ended up being SOL on rooms as everything was booked up.
The last hotel we stopped at was the Super 8, and fortunately for us, there was a screw up with someone elses booking.
Super 8 accidentally booked 3 rooms in their names and they only wanted 1 which was awesome for us because we got the 2 rooms (the last 2 rooms in the whole town)!


We were all super tired and cranky and agreed to never doing that again, cut off at 5/5:30pm.


We tried to order Pizza but they had just closed... ugh... protein bars and gummies will have to do.


We needed a good night's rest after that!




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PREVIEW: We needed every second of last night's rest because in the morning,
Jeremy and I would find out exactly how long it would take to dig out an 800 lb +/- bike out of a bottomless slushy mud pie!


Anyone care to guess on how long??

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Old 02-08-2014, 06:50 AM   #122
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Yampa Bench runs from Echo Canyon east to Elk Springs, Co. So I guess you didn't catch that road. It's all great out there, though. Except the mud!
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:38 PM   #123
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DAY 12: Green River to Moab (UTBDR - in reverse)
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9/17/13
Thank you Backcountry Discovery Routes for your awesome services!
Thank you Butler Maps for your awesome maps!





Recall, our plan was to get to Wellington yesterday and then get onto the UTBDR from there. However, since we continued on to Green River,
it wasn't until we woke up this morning that we realized how much of the UTBDR we had missed out on.
Well, it's something to look forward to on our return when we do the entire UTBDR!

I should note that last night we checked out Cottonwood Wash but it was nowhere near riding conditions.
The red sand was slushy clay and we opted not to attempt to ride that trail at night while fatigued, cranky and sleepy.



We quickly gobbled up breakfast and started packing up the bikes.

We caught up with Mike who was busy MacGyvering his bike...
Something got loose from yesterday's ride (immediate pic below with me studiously taking mud off) but can't recall the details... Mike???







The plan today was:
--- Mike was going to take it easy and go directly to Moab and get us a couple of cabins
--- Jeremy and I were going on the UTBDR and hopefully the routes were in riding conditions



With Mike's map in our hand and GPS routes loaded (sort of, recall Jeremy's GPS was wonky and didn't have all the waypoints registered) - we were on our way...




Our ride was fairly smooth the first 10 minutes...



And then we came across our first obstable of the day.
At the first junction off Old Route 6/50, the road was washed out and muddy.



We saw the tracks on the left go across to the high right up the bank and back down across the middle and cross the waterway on the left... that was the plan...






Unfortunately, we missed a little left... left enough to get us stuck...




So we unloaded everything to lighten up the load and started digging...




Jeremy "insisted" I stay back and just let him deal with the situation and it wasn't the time to argue so, I let him dictate the situation...
But he did say it was OK to take pictures!










About an hour of digging had passed and I cautiously asked if we should contact Mike or a tow truck...
He said go ahead and get in touch with Mike if I wanted to but that he would figure it out, no tow truck...
I called and texted Mike and sent him info on our location and some pics...








Mike had already made it to Moab and he was kind enough to offer to come back and help us out...
I told him I just wanted to let him know where we were, what happened and we were ok...
At about that time, Jeremy seemed to be making progress and the rocks I gathered up to use as gravel underneath seemed to be helping...
But every time he would try to get the bike out (by riding or heaving), the mud pie sucked him back in...










At the 2 hour mark and he finally got the brilliant idea of:
1) letting me help him , and
2) using the lean over and rotate technique










AND... WE HAVE LIFT OFF!!!






Finally!!! After 2 hours of frustration and digging in the hot sun - we made it to the other side!




And look who's smiling again!



That was a lot of pics, but hey, that was 2 hours of the day spent at that pie hole after having been on the road for only 10 minutes!

We let Mike know we were fine and we were going to press on, hoping and praying the rest of the trails were navigable...
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:47 PM   #124
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Yampa Bench runs from Echo Canyon east to Elk Springs, Co. So I guess you didn't catch that road. It's all great out there, though. Except the mud!
I am totally drawing a blank on that Road. But Mike might recall better.
We missed a lot in Utah, but we'll definitely go back and check the rest of the route out. Yampa Bench is now noted on our to do list.
Yes, mud is definitely evil and no fun
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:35 PM   #125
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Anyone know if the soles can be effectively glued back onto Sidi Adventure boots? I hate to drop another $500 on new boots. What's the strongest glue available?

I'd send them back to Sidi. Screw buying more. They look fairly new...
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:39 PM   #126
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9/17/13



After 2 hours of relentless mud digging under a hot sun, we were finally back on the trail...


Things were looking good...






Spoke too soon...
A lot of the trails were washed out and too muddy, barely navigable and some left gaps with crevices that he was just barely able to jump over... the frustration had returned...


He slowed down enough for me to snap this one muddy muck that we were able to go through...




And then we hit this gap...






The frustration was magnifying...
The only way to get over this and continue on was to ride, actually more like drop down the 4ft +/- bank into the causeway to the right for a bit and back up on the other side at a lower hillside...




I looked at my phone... no signal...




Very close call...







We pressed on...




In addition to the increasingly frustrating trail conditions, the GPS was as equally frustrating...
With not enough way points registered, there were too many straight lines all over the place...




We stopped and assessed our situation.
We both agreed that if there were no improvements in the trails, we would abandon.
We had only gone about 10 miles in 4.5 hours , including the 2 hour mud digging fun


With the frustrations from the GPS and worsening trail conditions of thicker mud and bigger gaps, we decided to abandon the trail and head towards Moab...
I hated to do it as much as Jeremy, but it was the safe and right call...
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:44 PM   #127
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What a workout ! The 990 is one tough machine. Cool pics, vids and narration.

Did a two up trip on my 950 to Baja. Thought riding in sand was tough.

But all that mud looks humbling.
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I'm sure glad Barb and I had better conditions. Even though it rained while we were out there, we were on better roads. We're too old to do what you did, even though Barb is pretty tough.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:01 PM   #129
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What a workout ! The 990 is one tough machine. Cool pics, vids and narration.

Did a two up trip on my 950 to Baja. Thought riding in sand was tough.

But all that mud looks humbling.

Thanks, Bgunn! Yes, the mud was most definitely humbling.

Jeremy has already done Baja but not 2 up and I'd love to check it out someday.
WABDR is out now and we've been thinking about doing that next.
I've been to Seattle, Whidbey and a few of the San Juan Islands - would be awesome to see WA via the back roads.
Have you ventured on any of the routes on the WABDR?
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Man that looks like a blast, I miss colorado!

I'm a 4runner guy, this looks like the dreaded lower balljoint failure, that generation was plagued with. Gotta replace those every 100k miles or so with OEM parts to avoid that situation. Doesn't look like they hit anything at least.

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Old 02-09-2014, 09:26 PM   #131
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Hi tuffenough I am in the middle of your ride report I saw the yard art in Steam boat Springs it is a manure spreader in case your were wondering .Clean the barn pile it in then more or less evenly. spread it on your fields I think horse drawn converted to tractor pulled
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:54 PM   #132
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I'm sure glad Barb and I had better conditions. Even though it rained while we were out there, we were on better roads. We're too old to do what you did, even though Barb is pretty tough.
Yikes, rain would've been tough too! I'd love to see a few more pics of your time out there if you have some.
Well, it didn't help that half the time on Day 12 we didn't know if we were lost or on track due to his GPS set up .
He eventually figured out a couple of days later how to load more waypoints.
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Man that looks like a blast, I miss colorado!

I'm a 4runner guy...
Colorado was awesome! For my first long range and real ADV ride, I was excited and freaked out at the same time with my eyes enlarged and heart pounding the entire time.
And I am somewhat of a control freak so that was uber hard for me to do but I trusted Jeremy completely.

We've been thinking about getting a truck or a jeep... what makes you a 4runner guy over the other options?
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Hi tuffenough I am in the middle of your ride report I saw the yard art in Steam boat Springs it is a manure spreader in case your were wondering .Clean the barn pile it in then more or less evenly. spread it on your fields I think horse drawn converted to tractor pulled

Ahhhh, very cool!
I was wondering what this was! Thanks, westerlywinds! Thanks for tuning in to our RR!
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DAY 12 - Continued: Green River to Moab (UTBDR - in reverse)
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9/17/13




After abandoning the trail, we headed to Brendel/Crescent Junction.
Well, that's where I thought we were going anyway based on lack of GPS waypoints, the sun's position, estimation of our course factoring in mud digging time and barometric pressure...

We asked the gas attendant as well as a patron to confirm our location and fortunately, I thought correctly! PHEW!

While fueling up, we snacked on jerky, redbull/gatorade - lovely lunch!
I felt badly about abandoning the trail and could see the disappointment in Jeremy's eyes as well.
So, having had a bit of time to cool off, I proposed we slabbed it to Sego (a stop in the UTBDR) and see how we felt then
and he can decide whether or not to continue on some of the UTBDR trails or move on to Moab.

As we were leaving, I noticed the store sign...




We hit the pavement for Sego!

We drove around the ghost town for a bit and snapped a couple of pics and found shade to cool off and figure out what to do next...





We looked at the maps and GPS with all its straight lines, that said, Jeremy was resigned with calling it a day and heading straight to Moab. We had enough of a workout.


We texted Mike and got his location.






The cabins were cute! And had A/C!
This place has different types of accommodations (tent area (covered/not covered), basic cabins with use of a communal bathroom & cabins with bathrooms).
We had a basic cabin and the communal bathroom was maintained very well. Call well ahead of time to get the cabins with a bathroom!




Mike and Jeremy were going to do Canyonlands tomorrow with Jeremy insisting I join them. I was going to think about it while they went to go wash the bikes.


Awwwwwww! She's all shiny and kissable again!





We road into town for dinner and having never done this before, I asked if I should put all my gear on...
The guys said no need, just a helmet will do. It was a short ride and they ride very carefully in and around town. Yes, I can be a little paranoid...



Mike recommended Zax Restaurant for dinner - it was delicious!
All you can eat pizza and salad... I went with hummus and Salmon.




Before turning in, the guys thought some cold drinks were called for while recalling today's fun workout!




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