Author Topic: Moab, March 14-20, 2015  (Read 10969 times)

Hank

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Moab, March 14-20, 2015
« on: January 28, 2015, 07:13:01 AM »
A few of us East River and MN guys have a trip planned to Moab, heading out on Sat Mar 14, coming back Friday Mar 20.    Right now we have 3 committed, and 2 on the fence.

We're staying south of town in the Rim Village condos.

No firm plans other than to ride as much stuff as we can, and hopefully not fall off a cliff.      If anyone wants to get a place and come riding, say the word!

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Re: Moab, March 14-20, 2015
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2015, 11:00:34 AM »
I was planning on a moab trip this year. Probably get a small trailer and haul my bike down and camp out of the 4runner. Are you guys riding down?

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Re: Moab, March 14-20, 2015
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2015, 11:38:16 AM »
We'll be hauling down, planning to drive straight through both directions.   It's about 19 hours from Watertown.

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Re: Moab, March 14-20, 2015
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2015, 02:07:08 PM »
Sounds ideal for me. I don't want to go alone or with anyone that's never been. I'd like to be able to find the good stuff so I've been doing a little reading. What kind of trails would you be riding? Mild to wild?

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Re: Moab, March 14-20, 2015
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2015, 02:26:11 PM »
The group so far is novice-intermediate range I'd say.    The least experienced guys have some way back MX experience and have all done quite a bit of street riding, so no complete rookies, but none of us have done much riding of this type.   I rode at Moab last year but stuck to the milder stuff (slick rock trail and a few others).     So with that said, I'm sure we'll start easy and work our way up.    Can always split into smaller groups too.

Depending on how many in our group go, and how many more DDSR guys want to join, we might have room in our condo too.    I think we could sleep 5-6 pretty comfortably if we have some air mattresses along.    First I have to get it nailed down how many of our original group decide to go before I will know if we have extra condo room though.   But keep it in mind and I'll keep this thread up to date as we get things nailed down.

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Re: Moab, March 14-20, 2015
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2015, 02:30:22 PM »
Curious, what kind of bike do you ride?    Right now we have a KTM 400 (me), a DRZ400E, a KTM500 EXC, and the two maybes are a WR250F and a WR450F.

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Re: Moab, March 14-20, 2015
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2015, 02:58:50 PM »
I have to do some thinking. I'll be on my YZ450. No headlight though. Think I'd need one?

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Re: Moab, March 14-20, 2015
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2015, 03:07:02 PM »
Some of the areas require plated bikes, but not all I don't think.    It would be beneficial I"m sure as quite a few trails can be ridden to right from town.

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Re: Moab, March 14-20, 2015
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2015, 10:56:11 AM »
I better think on it all. After all it is only 2 months away.

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Re: Moab, March 14-20, 2015
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2015, 07:15:32 PM »
So it looks like we have 4 that are locked in.   Just over 5 weeks to go!

I've been working on a tentative list of "must do" trails that won't scare us or kill us.   :evil

First day we'll head out to the Sand Flats area to get our feet wet and play on the slick rock.     Slick Rock (been there done that), Hell's Revenge and Fins N Things are the big ones in that area.

Beyond that I want to hit:
Kane Creek Canyon,
Poison Spider, which leads to Golden Spike, Rusty Nail, Golden Crack and others.
White Rim Trail (if we have the range)
Steel Bender
Onion Creek
And probably many more I'm sure.   

There some expert only trails we WON"T be doing, primarily 5 Miles of Hell (even though Sprout's done it and thinks its fun) and Pritchett Canyon.

Here's good video of 5 MoH video..   Real interesting about the 2:25 mark.   I don't think I'd attempt that.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhWlcaPcscg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhWlcaPcscg</a>

And another with a wicked sandy hill / shelf, at around 3:15

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RY5iR76xJQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RY5iR76xJQ</a>

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Re: Moab, March 14-20, 2015
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2015, 11:49:24 AM »
As much as I'd like to go I sont think I can get the whole week off.

I am however planning on a trip to Johnson Valley Ca for the King of Motos in 2016. That's one year from now. I may or may not enter the race depending on how I feel after this seasons races.

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Re: Moab, March 14-20, 2015
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2015, 06:31:28 PM »
Everybody keep this trip in mind.    Could certainly join us for a day, or the week.    All the beds are taken, but if someone wanted to crash on an air mattress, that'd work.

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Re: Moab, March 14-20, 2015
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2015, 10:48:22 PM »
I've looked and rechecked my schedule, finances, time off from work, and health. I really wanted to tell you I'm in for this trip but I can't. This is one of the places on list to ride. I've passed through but haven't stopped on Moab. I've got quite a list of upgrades on my current rides that will eat a fair chunk of change and want to save some time off for a sizable summer ride.

I tried to make it work but just can't justify it right know. Hope its a great and safe time for you.
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Re: Moab, March 14-20, 2015
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2015, 06:17:56 PM »
I got a couple of great Moab resources including the latitude 40 Moab area maps and this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Guide-Backroads-4-Wheel-Drive-Trails/dp/1934838063/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423440736&sr=8-1&keywords=moab+ut+backroads

That book is great.   Detailed turned by turn descriptions of all the trails, GPS points, maps and pictures.

I'm still working up a list of trails to ride, and have put together some links showing the route to and through the trails.

Condo to Steel Bender:  https://goo.gl/maps/XevSs

Condo to Sand Flats area (Slick Rock, Hell's Revenge, Fins N Things):  https://goo.gl/maps/QcSa1

Condo to Poison Spider:  https://goo.gl/maps/f9qkH

Trail route through Poison Spider, Golden Spike, Gold Bar Rim:  https://goo.gl/maps/U3IqH

Its pretty cool they have the trails on google maps and to be able to sorta preview the trail

Condo to Strike Ravine:   https://goo.gl/maps/Y5Z4Q

And Condo to Behind the Rocks, although this trails is pretty extreme so we might not try it.   https://goo.gl/maps/t1MGA

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Re: Moab, March 14-20, 2015
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2015, 10:16:47 AM »
Hank, is there still space? I can't commit yet, but am in the process thinking through. I would take my KLX 250, and would need new tires, etc. Still time to do that, need to organize work and family, still preliminary.

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