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Riding => Trip Planning => Topic started by: greatbuffalo on February 09, 2018, 04:01:16 PM

Title: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: greatbuffalo on February 09, 2018, 04:01:16 PM
Hey all, I am wondering if anyone is interested in a trip in April or May.

I have no preconceived ideas at this moment but looking for ideas and wondering if there might be interest.

My initial idea is head South and / or West.

Moab is an idea. Ozarks is another option. Open to other ideas

This could be big bike friendly or small bikes or even both.   

My thought is to trailer out to where ever and ride out. I am thinking camping, sleeping in my truck/van/tent/trailer.

Just getting a bit of cabin fever and want to start a discussion.

Ideas?
Title: Re: Spring trip, April/May
Post by: KLC63 on February 09, 2018, 05:35:18 PM
I'm thinking big bike and tour around a bit. But if everybody wants to do something else, I'm still in. Good job Buff, get it going.
Title: Re: Spring trip, April/May
Post by: greatbuffalo on February 09, 2018, 07:48:58 PM
Okay, I just looked at my calendar and have found a range of dates.
I have put in for PTO for March 30 - April 11th

I am up to what ever for that period of time. I will field some ideas and while those are or are not rolling in, I will come up with a tentative plan.

The big bike thing sounds like it would be fun, there many National Parks sites to be seen as well as some amazing canyon rides.

I may bring a couple of bikes to make things interesting and change up the routine a bit.

Stay tuned for more info and please, feel free to add to the discussion
 
Title: Re: Spring trip, April/May
Post by: greatbuffalo on February 09, 2018, 09:30:31 PM
If you are wondering as I did what the temps should be like that week, here is the long range forecast. Take it for what it is.

SUN 4/1  69 /39 Mostly sunny
MON 4/2 73 /47 Mostly cloudy
TUE 4/3 77 /47 Partly sunny
WED 4/4 73 /39 Cloudy with a little rain
THU 4/5 67 /36 Cloudy with a little rain
FRI 4/6 66 /36 Clouds and a few showers
SAT 4/7 67 /40 Partial sunshine
Title: Re: Spring trip, April/May
Post by: Wacked on February 10, 2018, 09:50:00 AM
I'm up for a trip in April!   Was kind of thinking of Moab around tax day.  There's been some talk about some family wanting to Moab this year so don't know exactly if it will be a 2-wheeled trip or a 4-wheeled event

Wacked
Title: Re: Spring trip, April/May
Post by: sprout on February 10, 2018, 07:09:40 PM
 I would be in for anything!  Cabin fever is rampant here! Don't know how much longer I can take it. :)
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: sleddog on February 11, 2018, 02:06:27 PM
Big Bend National Park :D.......Mexico 8)
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: Kevin on February 11, 2018, 07:52:48 PM
I am going here middle of April.  Went last year for the first time and had a blast...

https://www.facebook.com/Nevada200Trailride/

Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: Bogus Jim on February 12, 2018, 10:52:05 AM
Has anyone been to the Barber Motorsports museum? Worth seeing?

http://www.barbermuseum.org

I've been thinking about doing Ozarks -> Barber Museum -> Texas Hill country -> Big Bend. That's a lotto pavement though, from R.C.
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: sleddog on February 12, 2018, 02:58:15 PM
I have a couple friends that go every year. They both say they wouldn't miss it.
Texas Hill Country is awesome too.
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: sprout on February 13, 2018, 07:48:45 AM
Try this one. It is well worth the stop!

http://www.ksmotorcyclemuseum.org/
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: locopny on February 13, 2018, 06:09:30 PM
Weather is simply awesome right now in Utah.  Wish I had my bike here now.
Will need Ride Reports from this.
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: greatbuffalo on February 15, 2018, 02:35:38 PM
This guy posted on the other Moab thread and had a good idea. One that I have been considering:

If you guys  want  a little more technical  single track northeast of green river  the chimney rock area is outstanding. We gave up on moab and spend our whole week in green river. And if you want really technical  your about 45 minutes from the 5 miles of hell up in the San Rafael  swell.
 Way less crowded

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Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: Wacked on February 15, 2018, 08:50:49 PM
Yea, it's a pretty sweet region.   Did a Green River run 5 years ago - sweet country!  I think once you get out of Moab by 20 miles, the trails really open up
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: Hank on February 20, 2018, 07:07:49 AM
I'd be interested in a "big bike" trip this year too.   Please keep us posted.    First week of April is coming up fast!
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: greatbuffalo on February 20, 2018, 03:37:11 PM
What big bike are you riding these days Hank?

I was thinking if we did a big bike tour we could do a tour of the National parks in Utah, At least the ones in the southern part and down to Lake Powell.

I will work in earnest over the next couple of days with some semblance of a plan.
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: Hank on February 20, 2018, 04:09:00 PM
Still got the 1190... 
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: Wacked on February 20, 2018, 05:46:23 PM

I'm out for any spring ride.....

Just put the final touches on an "end of April" family trip that will include lite 4-wheeling in Moab. 

Wacked
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: KLC63 on February 20, 2018, 10:37:25 PM
Sounds great to me.
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: Robmicgrn on February 23, 2018, 11:26:24 AM
Try this one. It is well worth the stop!

http://www.ksmotorcyclemuseum.org/

I was there last year. Very cool! I posted some pics of it on here somewhere i thought.
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: greatbuffalo on February 23, 2018, 06:07:50 PM
Okay so here is the idea.

Subject to changes due to others with better ideas and all are tentative.

I will leave Friday March 30th and trailer out.  Arrive on the 31st. One thing I am trying to figure out is where to park and leave vehicles. If anyone has ideas let me know.

Ride big bike ride from April 1st through 5th or 6th.

My idea is to visit some of the  National parks. Arches, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, Bryce, Zion, Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument, Goblin Valley State Park, Deadhorse Point State Park.

We can do as many of these or as few as we want. I am exploring back road and gravel routes in and around these parks to get off the road most traveled. Some of these will have challenges but trying to find routes that are not too challenging. I don't want to work too hard on the big pig.

The accommodations will be tent. Camping will be in campgrounds or dispersed, depending on where we are and what is available.

I am also planning on taking a little bike and spend a couple days riding trail before I return home. I really do not have to return home till April 11th. My only concern is how much time Nathaniel can take off. 

So, If he can take off till the may be able to take some a couple more days on the big bike tour and still have a few days for little bike play.

So, Let me know if you have any ideas.

I am a very very flexible guy.  I do not like to make hard and fast plans and like my trips to fluid and organic. Ride the day with a pland and over dinner ar at camp look at maps and make plans for the next day.I will come up with a rough plan but that will be subject to change with the whim of the group.


Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: sandhillrider on February 27, 2018, 08:11:39 AM
Heifers calve March 20, done by March 30. Cows start calving April 12.
Lets see if the stars align and let me pull off a trip between March 30 and April 10!!!
Will prep Tenere, and hope!
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: greatbuffalo on February 27, 2018, 11:41:43 AM
That would be awesome Mark.

Was hoping you would chime in but thought it a bad time of year for you.

Would love to have you along.
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: greatbuffalo on March 01, 2018, 11:31:57 AM
Just ordered a bunch of maps and a couple books the day before yesterday. Will have a good look at those and devise a route using some of the roads I have seen on youtube. There are some amazing roads out there. Its a matter of linking them together into a cohesive route.

Still looking for input and wondering still if anyone has an idea of where to park trucks and trailers.  Someone mentions the Park service has some large parking lots that they ask people to park trailers in when they tour the park. I will call arches to see if they would allow us to park there for an extended length of time. I also thought about one of the BLM trail head parking lots but not sure how safe they would be.

The other option would be to find someone in Moab or the vicinity that would allow them to me parked for a nominal charge
I know one of the campgrounds has trailer parking but I assume that is for guests
 
I am also going to put a post on ADV for that area to see if someone in that area has idea or someone else.

I will figure it out in time. Its a month away

BTW, I will be staying till the 11th
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: greatbuffalo on March 01, 2018, 11:43:40 AM
Just posted a thread on the Rocky Mountains section of ADV. We will see if I get any response
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: greatbuffalo on March 01, 2018, 07:53:32 PM
Touched base with Scott (Dingweed on ADV) who owns 3 Step Hideaway in LaSal Utah.  it's a bit SE of Moab on the CO and UT boarder. Its off the grid and offers camping and cabins. Sounds like a great place.

http://www.3stephideaway.com/index.php

My plan is to use this as a meeting place and spend the first night there. We can then take off from there on our adventure and leave our trucks and trailers there. They will be safe and out of the way. Talked to another guy on the forum that did this as well and it worked out quite well.

My plan is to return here and stay for a few more days before returning home riding small bike terrain.

This is one moth away and would like to get a estimate on who is in.

I am also still open for ideas if anyone wants to share them.
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: sandhillrider on March 01, 2018, 09:57:10 PM
You know my situation, won't know till departure day
but should have a idea by the 25th or so.
So Im a maybe at best. Will start talking to the cows tomorrow!!
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: greatbuffalo on March 01, 2018, 11:13:13 PM
I do understand your situation fully. I am just trying to get an idea how many are at least seriously thinking about this. This will determine how much effort I continue to put into this and will let me know what to pass on toe Scott at 3 Step Hideaway.

I would love those conversations with the bovine.   :D
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: Hank on March 02, 2018, 07:41:01 AM
I doubt it will work for me this year.   I could probably get away for 4 days or so, but with the drive distance I think that puts me "out".
Title: Re: Spring trip, First week of April
Post by: greatbuffalo on March 02, 2018, 08:30:19 AM
No worries Hank. Thank for letting me know.