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Old January 28th, 2013   #21
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As the ride progesses, all you want to do is make tracks
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Old January 30th, 2013   #22
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Now before we got stuck on the sand road going down into the National Monument we were looking at Mexican Hat and the sand road leading to it. The guys on the Goldwing and the RT were reluctant to try it. I told them to give it a try and see what happens since the road was relatively flat.

The road circled around the rock formation and in places wasn't too bad but we did have to goose it in a few spots. After we got back to pavement the two said that they were done with the off-pavement stuff.

It pays to be careful out here.
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Old February 4th, 2013   #23
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We split up after the Goosenecks SP since the Goldwing & RT didn't want to ride the gravel up the Moki Dugway. It's pretty intimidating to be following the paved road right into what looks like a cliff, then all of a sudden you can see the switchbacks winding up the cliff.
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Did someone ride an ST on the Dugway?

Whatsat anyway I dont know much about the MD.
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Old February 5th, 2013   #25
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Yep, we rode up it on an ST, a BMW RS & a Triumph ST. It really wasn't bad at all and there were a couple of visitors from Europe that were going to drive down it in rented motor homes (even though the signs said not to).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_State_Route_261

I have a few more dual-sport pics and story before I get back to the original topic.
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Found this link too:

http://travelingluck.com/North%20Ame...%20Dugway.html
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I drove through the area a couple years ago I wish I knew about the Dugway then.

Definately one of the most amazing stretches of real estate in the country. A must see on any tour of the USA.
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Back to the trail bike:

I had high hopes of riding the White Rim Trail around Island in the Sky, NP near Moab. It gets its name from the mineral deposits along the edge of the river.

We started out with a big breakfast at Denny's. Rode up by the cobalt blue drying ponds at the mines then headed for the Shafer Switchbacks (similar to the Moki Dugway, but more intense). The trail is about 100mi. long and with about a 26mi. ride each way to get there, it cuts my furel range too close so I carry extra fuel.

I also tell the guys to carry plenty of water and food plus some basic survival gear. If one of us breaks down or crashes and gets hurt, it could be a really long wait.

The ride was great, weather perfect and we had a great time.
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Old February 12th, 2013   #29
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After a long day of riding and the ultimate sensory overload it was time to head back to the campground. There was an area called Gemini Bridges that I wanted to see on the way back. I was surprised at how many roads were criscrossing at the top of the bluff.

We passed the Deadhorse State Park. It got its name from the cowboys using the penisula with sheer dropoffs to corral horses. It has some pretty nice overlooks but will have to wait for another day.

I had earlier mentioned tire choice for this trip. I had worn out the knobbies on my DR so I switched back to the Trailwings that are more suited for pavement than sand. Les' KLR had similar tires. Drew had a street knobby on the back with a trials type on the front. Up to this point we did ok with our choices. As we rode down the canyon that intersected with the road back into town we ran into deep sand. Even going downhill we were spinning our tires. I don't know how hard it would have been to go uphill in this section but I remember reading in ADVRider about a lot of guys having trouble here.

Then we came around an bend, and here it was...



If ever you want to be wearing your helmet now would be a good time. How would you like to have been coming down the road when this happened?
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Did that really happen after the road was put in?
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