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Old 10-05-2014, 09:28 AM   #1
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Utah BDR - 2-up on R1200GS Adventure!

My wife and I completed the Utah BDR in September. It was a great trip, we camped every night on the route except for one night in the middle to regroup. Trip was a total of 2000 miles, counting getting to/from the BDR. We had 9 days and took a day to get there (500 mies), 6-days to complete the BDR, and took 2-days to get home, stopping to see a Wyoming football game and visit family on Saturday.

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To those thinking of doing the UTBDR, it is a challenging ride to do 2-up, no question of that, but is not impossible by any means. This route is not for novice riders or the faint of heart though!

We ran into Cort Butler and his wife at a rest stop on I-70 on our way to the beginning of the ride! It was funny, while I was in the bathroom Cort's wife asked my wife where we were heading and she started telling her it was this thing called the Utah Back Country Discovery Route...classic!

Fall colors were at an absolute peak while we were in the higher country, mid-September, with breath taking views around every turn in the road.

Most challenging rides: The Cottonwood wash was very loose and deep silt sand and came at a time when we were fatigued, that was the night we grabbed a hotel room. La Sal pass was very steep and rocky coming down the back side, recent rains had turned up a lot of loose rocks, definitely not a 'novice' alternative to Lockhart!!! We also came across a completely washed out road in the Book Cliffs (see picture of my wife standing waist deep in it), had to go down into the creek to get around it!

Among the highlights, Onion Creek is awesome!, Canyonlands, Valley of the Gods,

Wildlife sightings: Deer, Elk (came into our camp), Big Horn Sheep & tadpole turning into a frog in the Book Cliffs, lot's of various Hawks, Pronghorn, and that mystery critter that walked up next to our tent one night...we were both too scared to look out and see who it was!

We came across a heard of about 1000 sheep being herded by Maremma dogs, 3 of which politely stopped to pee on our front tire!

We ran into a few other guys doing the BDR or touring the area, one on an R1200GSA from Guernsey, England, a solo rider from Minnesota on a KTM with a girl friend in a support vehicle and a pair of gents on R1200's.

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Old 10-05-2014, 08:30 PM   #4
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Loved your photos. It says something about your abilities and your PIR's sense of adventure to do it 2-up. Way to go to both of you.
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LOTS of great shots you guys got. What's the story with the bruised up foot??
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:39 PM   #6
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I was going to wear my offroad boots, but at the last minute I determined they were too uncomfortable for this long of a trip. I wore lower top Icon Accelerant boots instead, bad idea. We had some get offs, especially in the deep sand, and I think I banged my shin/ankle on the cylinder head bailing off. That was in Cottonwood Wash, also part of the reason we got a room that night. Luckily, I wrapped it really well and took some Advil and it didn't effect me too much the rest of the trip. It seemed to get worse when I got home and took the boot off, the foot got really purple and sore, but doing much better now.

Oh, by the way, the stuffed cougar that made an appearance on the right pannier half way thru the trip is the "Cottonwood Cougar". We were riding out of Cottonwood Wash and he was attached to a fence by bailing wire by the side of the road, so we adopted him as a memento to probably the toughest day we had.

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Note to anyone doing the BDR, get some good tall adventure boots that are waterproof! I am looking at the new BMW Gravel boots for next season.


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LOTS of great shots you guys got. What's the story with the bruised up foot??
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Old 10-16-2014, 09:23 PM   #7
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Thanks for the post and the photos. I'm hoping to do a similar trip next summer with my wife 2-up.
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