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Old February 13th, 2013   #31
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I don't know, but it sure looks like it.

I forgot to mention in post #28 that if you ever saw the movie 'Thelma & Louise' the 2nd picture is where they took their leap. I hadn't seen the movie before but when I was laid up with my broken ankle it was on TV. Towards the end as they were running away from the police all of a sudden I said "Hey, we were just there!".
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Old February 13th, 2013   #32
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I love it when I see someplace I was on TV!

Especially when its awesome and other people are there!
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Old February 16th, 2013   #33
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I am sitting here watching the snow melt in the bright sunshine getting antsy to get out for a ride. Unfortunately they are forecasting another big storm later in the week. If I were more ambitious I would go ahead and put my new TKC knobbies on the DR. But I still have the ST up on the lift doing my winter maintenance on it.

Other than the fantastic national parks around Moab they have a unique geological occurance called slickrock. I don't think that it is sandstone but looks more like granite. It appears to be one huge (no kidding) slab of undulating rock.

The slickrock is very popular among 4-wheelers (Jeep type), motorcycles and bicycles. It got so popular that they have separated the routes for the bicycles so they don't have to compete for space. I remember watching a Yutube video many years ago with a gal driving a Blazer down one and having here brakes fail. Amazingly she didn't crash. We drive by that formation on the way in to the park and they have it fenced off now.

We ride in on one of the easier trails to get the hang of it. After negotiating some deep sand where they conveniently have a bike bypass we get to the first of the hairy slopes.

There were three routes down the face and each on had its own pitfalls. You can see the scrapes on the rock where the Jeeps have bottomed out. Just then three Jeeps show up (one was an fairly new Grand Cherokee. How about doing that to a $40,000 vehicle). We watch as they look over the routes and pick what I considered the hardest one. They slide and scrape all the way down but make it. After we try it we decide it isn't so bad after all, go back up and try another one.
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Old February 16th, 2013   #34
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUzrP2kmak4

It was on this one (see video), that Drew made it almost to the top. He didn't take the time to prep his bike beforehand and was using the stock front sprocket. As he was almost to the top when his front end came up, he chopped the throttle and fell over sideways. He was fine, but his new bike slid all the way back down on its side.

He now had a hole in his alternator cover (well patched though I may add), a bent footpeg and scapes all down the side. He was fine though, just upset about messing up his new bike.
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Old March 14th, 2013   #35
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It's been a few weeks since my last post. Jack has been busy at work so we can't get much planning out of him. Our weather has been much more agreable to skiing than biking so I haven't even gotten the bikes out of the garage yet. The forecast for the next week isn't good either so it may be awhile.

Anyone interested in a groundhog hunt?
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Well it's still snowing but at least I am getting the bicycle out a little bit. No word from Jack yet.

One thing that you realize when riding offroad in the mountains is that one misstep and it is curtains:
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That could ruin one's day. 8-O
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Old April 24th, 2013   #38
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Sorry for no recent updates but our Spring weather has absolutely sucked which makes it hard to get fired up for even planning a ride. Also I am finding that a big project that I have going on is sliding into May which will kill any pre-ride weekends that I wanted to do. There is one to Arkansas called SLAP that I wanted to do. Now it looks like I'll probably be working most Saturdays to meet the deadline.
I still haven't made connections with Jack on his big trip plans.
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May 2, and it is snowing again. You warm weather guys are starting to make me a little jealous.
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I'm In, great ride reports you do. Living in northern Minnesota, I was just wondering where your cabin is...looks like somewhere on the echo trail, or possibly the gunflint. I do the boundary waters trip two or three times a year normally, and love the Ely, and Grand Marais areas. If you're ever heading up, pm me and maybe we can meet for lunch.

Keep the reports coming !
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