I loaded my & Tell's bikes & took a leisurely drive down thru Wyoming to Grand Junction to meet Jim Harris who came up from his work in texas to tend to his house in GJ and ride with us. Tell flew in to Denver from a job in Miami and rented a car ( Mercedes ) and we converged on Jim's place monday AM. Toby & his buddy Tom werent able to leave Wisconsin till tuesday AM. Jim lined up his pal Mark ( president of some off-roading MC club-cool guy) and we all rode a little in the hills just north of GJ. Jim had just picked up a 525KTM and was getting the feel of it. Next day we hooked up with another riding nut friend of mark's and he led us on a 50 mile loop in the Rabbit Valley area. Tell & I agreed it was the best dirt loop we've done so far. A great mix of terrain & scenery. The fall colors were past their prime but were still pretty.
Wednesday AM Tell & I headed to the White Wash area and set up camp. Toby & Tom spent the night just short of Denver so they wouldnt be in till that afternoon. There was also some snow over there( Denver) to deal with. We did a little riding & found that many trails were well marked ( as opposed to previous years ) and there was a lot more riding available there than we knew. Toby & Tom got in, made camp, and we just kicked back as they were tired from driving.
Thursday AM we goofed around in the dunes & some slick rock expecting Jim to show soon. About 10:30 Tell rode up to a hilltop to check his phone & Jim messaged that he had a Dr appointment and would be late. We headed off to explore a new trail. We got into some stuff that made Tom pucker pretty well. he's a skilled rider but this was his first time in this kind of stuff & it can mess with your head. Riding on a 12" wide off-camber ledge for 30 feet with a steep drop-off and a pool of water in the bottom makes all sorts of worst-case scenarios go thru your mind. He was also riding a CRF450R with that tall first gear which doesnt help any. But we got thru it no worse for wear.
Jim showed up & started ripping up the sand wash with the 525. Nice bike!!!
The next day Jim headed us to new country. We took a canyon which I think eventually leads to the Colorado river. It was right out of an old western. We joked about the Apaches hiding in the rock cliffs waiting to attack us.
We headed back towards the trucks & JIm & Tom were AWOL. We waited a while & figured they must have split off on a trail we had talked about earlier. Tell & I went back & sure enough they were out in the Land of Terror. Tom had made it up a place he'd previously turned back on & now was committed.( Funny, there was a small group with a kid @ 6 years old on a 50cc going up stuff that makes me weak in the knees). A couple times he walked his bike down & Tell rode it up for him. Confidence is a powerful thing. We ended up making @ a 20 mile loop we hadnt planned on but it was good because it was Tell's last chance to ride.
We loaded up & headed to Moab, got a motel & went out to a sit-down dinner at the Moab Brewery.Tell left at 3:30 AM to drive back to Denver to catch a flight to Mpls as Jenny's ( Tell's fiance) sister was getting married the next day. Good thing he left a cushion as he spent an hour at 20mph behind snow plows.
We went up to Sand Flats Recreation Area just outside of town & got camping places. Then we Rode a couple loops, Fins & Things and Hell's Revenge. Lots of side-by-sides & some bikes , more than we've seen before, but not an issue at all. Then Jim loaded up and said Adios to head back to the daily grind. Late afternoon we went out for another ride. We headed for hell's revenge area again & Tom took one look at the big slick-rock entrance & decided he'd had enough near-death experiences for one day so he headed back to camp to make supper. Toby & I took a bike loop further North of the main loop that eventually overlooks the Colorado River. I had a hoodie strapped on my rear fender that got wedged in my rear brake on a small uphill. We pulled the axle and with the help of a couple other guys got it pulled out. No harm no foul. Got back to camp before dark and Tom had a roaring fire and BBQ pork , baked spuds & cold beer waiting. Good man.
Sunday AM we decided to call it quits. We were properly worn out & Tom wanted to stop in GJ and buy another bike he'd found on CL. Plus they wanted to get over the mountain before dark. I decided to head towards Provo & see where i would end up. Weather was looking sketchy & not conducive to camping so i just kept rolling. A little icy roads between Ashton, Id and Bozeman but not bad. Home at 10:45 PM.
The weather was exceptional the whole time. 50's & 60's. Great riding. Chilly nights, good camping. Really good time, good memories, good people, good food, good beer, incredible country. Lord willing ( in my best Schwarzenegger voice)" I'll be back".
Last Edit: Nov 5, 2018 11:10:21 GMT -8 by logmaster
There is as much challenge as you want. There's also easy stuff.
There are some rides @ Moab that would be pretty easy but long on beautiful sights. I think one is White Rim or something. A plated dual sport would be the ideal tool of choice.
We were on a road trip last year to Utah and saw the jeeps on Shafer Canyon and White Rim roads.......we are thinking of going back either in the Jimmy or renting a 4x4 vehicle and taking a few days to complete the loop.......looks like fun!