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Hou'ray for Ouray, 2015! CA, NV, AZ, UT, CO and Back.
« on: June 26, 2015, 01:11:40 PM »

Was Looking forward to this GTG since it was announced.  Did a lot of planning... what a waste.   :o   Had a fabulous time seeing great old and new friends.  Logged over 3,000 miles and knocked a few things off the bucket list.  Thank you's go out to Mark and James for organizing,  Kathy and Ron for their hospitality Marilyn for helping with lunch, Simon for putting me up (or putting up with me), Jock, Doc and others for the great pictures, jokes and stories, and all attendees for their great company and riding!   :2vrolijk_21:

Monday, July 8:  Left Santa Monica, CA about 3:00 with friends, Kyle and Lauren.  75* at home in Santa Monica.  105* in the San Fernando Valley and most of the "back" way to the Luxor in Las Vegas where Lauren got us comped.  (14 to 138 to 18 to 15 N, 311 miles).  Split lanes for 10 miles on the 405 through the Valley and another 3.5 on the 14 (with a police escort) because a semi tangled with a large truck.  We would have cooked otherwise!  What happened there.... well....  Kyle is 6'7".  It's a bit like riding with Guido.

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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2015, 01:52:27 PM »

Tuesday, July 9:  Left Vegas for Springdale, UT, gateway to Zion National Park (165 miles up the 15 then east on the 9).  One of the highlights is the Virgin River Gorge but with highway construction, we could not stop.  Bucket list item one was to hike The Narrows, the narrowest section of Zion Canyon. This gorge, with walls a thousand feet tall and the river sometimes just twenty to thirty feet wide, is one of the most popular areas in Zion National Park. You can see The Narrows by hiking along the paved, wheelchair accessible Riverside Walk for one mile from the Temple of Sinawava. After that you walk up the Virgin River.



Views from the motel:





This gent guarded the front door of our motel room while we were hiking:



Temple of Sinawava and the path:





Entering the Narrows



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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2015, 02:03:46 PM »

At first, this hike can be down right crowded but the crowd thins quickly.  Every few steps becomes an OMG moment: 



On this warm day, the water felt great but it can be cold and hypothermia can set in.  Walking stick(s) and good shoes are required!



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Lauren scouting the way:




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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2015, 02:12:05 PM »

After a couple of miles, the solitude and views are surreal: 







Sometimes the little ones need a hand:



Gentle giant:



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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2015, 02:20:06 PM »

Feeling very small:









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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2015, 02:30:58 PM »

It's 16 miles to the very top but that takes a couple of days.  After a few miles, we were losing light and it was starting to drizzle which can be dangerous because of flash flooding.  The Narrows are susceptible to flash flooding because much of the surrounding area is bare rock that does not absorb water. During storms, runoff is funneled rapidly into the Narrows. During a flash flood the water level rises almost instantly--within seconds or minutes.  So it was time to head back. 

We found a wild local:



Can't imagine where he came from:





Lauren communicating:

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After about six hours of hiking it was back to Springdale for a huge rib dinner at The Switchback Steakhouse.  Then a well needed sleep.  We were up early as Kyle and Lauren had to head back to LA. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2015, 02:48:31 PM »

Wednesday, July 10.  If you've been to Zion, you've heard of, seen or done "Angels Landing."  Park legend says it was so named because it was so high (1,400' above the Valley floor) and precipitous that only the Angels could land there.  It was the toughest 5 mile hike I ever had.  On the way into the park, I met Gabriel and Jen who were there for the first time.  Once in the Park, we met Bob who was about to hike Angels for the 40th time!  He became out tour guide.  The first 2 miles are a walk up a steep path.  The last half mile, from Scotty's landing on is a treacherous climb.  Sadly, tourists have perished....    :nervous:

The start, looking up:



Getting close to the ascent:



If you look closely, you can see the hikers:



So far, so good:



Temps were cool for the way up:







Scotty's Landing:

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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2015, 03:03:00 PM »

The views down from Scotty's:





But now the fun (climb) begins:





Gabriel (L) and Jen took one look at the chains and discretion became the better part of valor.  BTW, Gabriel lives a couple of miles from me.   ::)   So, Bob and I pressed on.  He was a wealth of information about the history and geology of the area.  Just don't look down... yet!





Couldn't photograph the climb.  Too busy hanging on to the chains.  But the top.... oh the top! 



Bob was a little hot:



Exuberant! 





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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2015, 03:12:38 PM »

Lunch on Angels Landing was as good as it gets.  The views... oh the views. 







See the trails?  Above, just to the left of the highest peak, Mormon settlers built a trestle by which supplies were lowered by rope to the Valley.  Amazing!



North to The Narrows:



South towards Springdale:



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The "trail" down:

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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2015, 03:22:13 PM »

It got hot on the way down.  Still, since this trip became a, "Well, we're here." trip, Bob and I hiked another 3 miles up to The Emerald Pools.  Beautiful but a bit of a let down after Angels.  Still, an incredible day. 







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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2015, 03:47:17 PM »

Thursday, June 11:  Could not get enough of Zion.  First went to the Zion Lodge and then to Weeping Rock:





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Great view but someone got in the way:



A Methodist minister named many of the features in Zion during his visit in 1916. He named three peaks at the Court of the Patriarchs after figures from the Old Testament; Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Mount Moroni sits in front of Jacob, and is named after the Book of Mormon prophet that appeared to Joseph Smith.

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« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2015, 03:57:14 PM »

Some friends were on their way to Shark week in Texas.  We agreed to meet up at Oscars in Springdale for lunch.  Chris and Scott with their Sharks:



Hungry crew!



After lunch we headed out the east exit of Zion and I rode with them to Orderville and on to Cedar Breaks National Monument.  95* at Oscars.  Rain once we left the Zion which cleared near Duck Creek.  47* at Cedar Breaks, 76 miles away. !   :nervous: 







East exit of Zion:

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« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2015, 04:01:13 PM »

Wow thanks for sharing it`s amazing and this is in pictures to see it live must be awsome :)
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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2015, 04:04:26 PM »

From Zion, we took the 9 to the 89 to Orderville.  Then I took the 14 to the 143.   Cedar Breaks National Monument is an amphitheater of multi-colored limestone strata plunging 2,000 feet deep into the Markagunt Plateau. Inside the scenic bowl are hundreds of geologic oddities and hoodoos surrounded by lush, green alpine vegetation. Situated at an elevation of 10,000 feet and surrounded by the Dixie National Forest, Cedar Breaks is located 23 miles east of Cedar City and three miles south of the resort town of Brian Head on Hwy 143





See the Arch to the left of the ridge:





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« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2015, 04:20:42 PM »

From Cedar Breaks, I took the 143 south to the 14 west to Cedar City and then the 15 south.  It's about 35 miles to Kolob Canyon, a separate section of Zion. 

Here are the names of the peaks: 







Still chilly:





Sunset:





From Kolobs, it was south on the 15, east on the 17 to the 9.   It was nearly dark by the time I completed my 160 mile loop and got back to Springdale.  Needed food and sleep.  Tomorrow... North Rim! 
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« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2015, 04:41:49 PM »

Friday, June 12:  It's 122 miles from Springdale to the North Rim and a beautiful ride.  Take the 9 out the east exit of Zion to Carmel Junction.  Then south on the 89 through Jacob Lake and the Kaibab Plateau to the Rim.  Brian Porter / UFO_HOG once told me that once you've seen the North Rim, you'll not go back to the South.  Yep! 







Desiree from Huntington Beach, CA,  The answer is / was yes. 





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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2015, 04:57:41 PM »

The Grand Canyon Lodge is at Bright Angel Point on the North Rim.  It was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, who designed a number of other hotels in national parks for the Utah Parks Company and other concessioners. Built in 1927-28, the Lodge consists of the Main Lodge building, 23 deluxe cabins, and 91 standard cabins, some of which were moved to the north rim campground in 1940.  Constructed of native Kaibab limestone and timber, the complex was designed to harmonize with its rocky and forested setting.  It is the only complete surviving lodge and cabin complex in the national parks.











Had lunch at the Lodge in the beautiful restaurant where, surprisingly, the prices were reasonable in spite of the remote location.   Had to let a thunder storm pass but also had to make 123 miles to Page, AZ by that night.  So, it was back up the 67 to Jacob Lake and then the 89 A and 89 into Page.
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« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2015, 05:32:56 PM »

East from Jacob Lake is the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument on your left and the CO River on your right,  It's a desolate area.  So much so, some of the inhabitants still live in rock houses. 











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« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2015, 05:55:04 PM »

Just off the 89 entering Page, AZ, only another 3/4 mile hike, you encounter a great bend in the Colorado River called Horseshoe Bend.  The overlook is 4,200 feet above sea level, and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet above sea level, making it a 1,000-foot drop.










I did not get to stay to get the perfect sunset photo but here is what to try to get:
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« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2015, 06:10:27 PM »

Saturday, June 13:  I've wanted to see the slot canyons for many years.  Antelope Canyon the best known but Owl and Rattlesnake Canyons are magnificent as well.  They are located on Navajo land east of Page. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew.  Both are approximately 120' deep but very narrow.

The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means "the place where water runs through rocks." Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí (advertised as "Hasdestwazi" by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department), or "spiral rock arches." Both are located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. 

I signed up for a Navajo lead, photographic tour of the three canyons.  Owl: 













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« Reply #20 on: June 26, 2015, 06:19:58 PM »

Obviously, Owl Canyon is named for it's inhabitants.  The sand at the bottom is littered with the bones of small animals which fell prey to the Owls.  Fortunately, Rattlesnake Canyon is named for it's shape!   :nervous:   :huepfenlol2: 

Entrance:









Our guide:







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Top of Rattlesnake Canyon:







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Upper Antelope Canyon:















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« Reply #23 on: June 26, 2015, 06:42:20 PM »

Upper Antelope:

















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« Reply #24 on: June 26, 2015, 11:15:44 PM »

Greg, it was great to meet you and those are some COOL pics!!!!   Another CVO rider that enjoys one of my favorite passions (hiking!).  Kathy and I really enjoyed your singing on the farewell night of the CVO GTG.  Kathy says that she is practicing "Carpenter's Son" for the next GTG.  Ron :)
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« Reply #25 on: June 26, 2015, 11:26:45 PM »

Greg,  your pictures came out great. I see that you figured out how to work with RAW files.  I wish I had the time to take a trip like that.   Maybe in a few years when I retire?    It was a pleasure meeting you and all the other CVO members.


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« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2015, 12:59:15 AM »

Great pictures, thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the rest of them.

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« Reply #27 on: June 27, 2015, 02:50:35 AM »

Greg, it was great to meet you and those are some COOL pics!!!!   Another CVO rider that enjoys one of my favorite passions (hiking!).  Kathy and I really enjoyed your singing on the farewell night of the CVO GTG.  Kathy says that she is practicing "Carpenter's Son" for the next GTG.  Ron :)

Thanks Ron!  Can't ride all the time.  My body needs the exercise.  Have Kathy look at this chart:  If I Were a Carpenter

Greg,  your pictures came out great. I see that you figured out how to work with RAW files.  I wish I had the time to take a trip like that.   Maybe in a few years when I retire?    It was a pleasure meeting you and all the other CVO members.


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John, I got lucky on the RAW software.  Your shooting was inspiring!  You have me wanting to upgrade my camera body, at least!  Great to meet you and I hope we get to ride together soon. 

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« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2015, 03:20:11 AM »

After my "Tour of the Slot Canyons," it was time to head to Moab, 273 miles away, after backtracking to Page for some lunch. I headed east on the 98 through the Shonto wilderness, Tsegi and Kayenta.  Turned north on the 163 through Monument Valley and Mexican hat which I've posted on before,  UFO_HOG's Extraterrestrial Ride 2012 but had to get a shot of the spot where Forrest Gump stopped running. 



The 163 runs into the 191 North through Bluff, where I stopped for gas.  I saw an '09 Screamin' Eagle Road Glide owned by a die hard LSU fan:



It seemed like I was dodging thunder storms all day.  They caught up with me between Bluff and Blanding.  Got a little rain but ran through about 4" of hail on the street.  I was so shocked I did not think to get a picture.  From there towards Moab it got hot.  On the 191, a couple of miles south of La Sal you see Wilson's Arch:   







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« Reply #29 on: June 27, 2015, 03:40:02 AM »

Sunday, June 14:  From Moab to Ouray is only 150 miles.  191 south, UT-46 east becomes 90-CO east, 141 to 145 to 62 all east which runs into the 550 in Ridgeway.  That left time for a morning visit to the Islands In The Sky portion of Canyonlands National Park, 10 miles up from Moab on the 191, then about 20 miles west on the 313.  Canyonlands is the most underrated of Utah's National Parks.  Mesa Arch is but a 10 minute hike from the park road:













At the top elevation of the park is the Grand View Overlook:









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Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #31 on: June 27, 2015, 04:01:13 AM »

This is Sherman Canyon and the first major sight you see after entering the park.  As you can see from the trails, it foreshadowed our 4 wheeling activities. 





There are two jeeps on the upper trail and one much lower.  Note how small they look! 







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« Reply #32 on: June 27, 2015, 04:07:22 AM »

As I mentioned, from Moab it was 150 miles into Ouray.  I'd added about 50 miles in Canyonlands but hey, Hooray for Ouray!   :huepfenjump3:   :orange:   :bananarock:   :mango:   :2vrolijk_21:    :2vrolijk_21:











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Very nice pic thanks for sharing
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« Reply #34 on: June 27, 2015, 12:55:22 PM »

Great pics Greg and thanks for the commentary. I find as I get older my OCD increases especially with cleaning my bikes! Then 10 minutes after meeting you I found out I don't even clean them properly!!! I now need 2 buckets - 1 soap and 1 clean water and a special technique for dipping the rag........ did I mention the OCD part? And now - furniture pads under the saddlebags??? I think I need to schedule a therapy appointment!! Well its off to get furniture pads......... great meeting you Greg. Look forward to the next GTG.   :drink: :apple: :cucumber: :orange:
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« Reply #35 on: June 27, 2015, 05:19:13 PM »

Great pics Greg and thanks for the commentary. I find as I get older my OCD increases especially with cleaning my bikes! Then 10 minutes after meeting you I found out I don't even clean them properly!!! I now need 2 buckets - 1 soap and 1 clean water and a special technique for dipping the rag........ did I mention the OCD part? And now - furniture pads under the saddlebags??? I think I need to schedule a therapy appointment!! Well its off to get furniture pads......... great meeting you Greg. Look forward to the next GTG.   :drink: :apple: :cucumber: :orange:

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« Reply #36 on: June 27, 2015, 05:36:42 PM »

Sunday evening as folks pulled into Twin Peaks was great fun.  Old friends got reacquainted and new friendships created.  Most of us went down to the local Brew Pub for beers and burgers which were quite good.  Jock was clicking away so he has the pics for that.   

Early Bird Monday, June 15:  James, Mark, Alan, John Shimada and I headed to Gateway, CO.  It was a warm 121 miles.  From Ouray, we went north on the 550 to Ridgeway, west on the 62 to Placerville which turns into the 145 in Norwood and the 141 in Naturita.  This a beautiful ride which includes the Norwood Canyon and grade into Norwood with beautiful views of the Delores River.  By the time you get to Uravan, you enter Delores Canyon which is spctactular!  The canyon literally dumps you into Gateway.  It was such a beautiful ride that we went back the way we came rather than doing a loop. 

There, we encountered the beautiful John Hendricks resort, spa, ranch and the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, "With more than fifty vehicles from the privately owned Hendricks Collection on display at any given time – the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum tells a story…the story of how the automobile impacted society. It is a wonderful visual and educational experience with historical perspective.

The museum displays illustrate over a century of automotive history in America from the 1906 Cadillac Model H Coupe to the first special 2006 Chip Foose Mustang Stallion, and a historic NASCAR Chevrolet raced by driver Jimmie Johnson. Presented as art in several galleries – each vehicle is chosen for its unique impact on design, engineering, industry or culture. Your self guided tour begins in the Open Road Theater with a video featuring the legendary Walter Cronkite speaking on the American Automobile and its place in society – as well as a brief video clip showing the acquisition of the Auto Museum’s own $3.24 million dollar version of the “Mona Lisa” – the 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Concept Car. This historic car is joined by another one-of-kind car, the 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II by Ghia. They are presented along with other rare and unique vehicles that include Cunningham, Duesenberg, Auburn and Cord.

The Hendricks Collection, owned by Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks and his family, and the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum have a broad appeal. The stories told by the Hendricks Collection will captivate every person who passes through the Galleries, rekindling a strong connection to a vehicle from the past or viewed simply as rolling artworks pristinely preserved and uniquely presented for you to enjoy. John Hendricks phrased it perfectly: People “experienced cars as magic machines that provoked dreams of adventure on the open road.”
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As you can see, John was on his Red... um.... Goldwing.  I have officially renamed him on the site to, "CVH!"
And the cars (and bikes):











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« Reply #37 on: June 27, 2015, 05:42:04 PM »

The $3.24 million, 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Concept Car.





My personal favorites, a '63 Split Window Coup, '58 Convertible and an original edition '53 Convertible!   :huepfenjump3:

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There where some great pieces in the collection.  I got a feeling Mr. Hendrick has a special place in his heart for Harley Earl.
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« Reply #39 on: June 27, 2015, 06:09:05 PM »

There where some great pieces in the collection.  I got a feeling Mr. Hendrick has a special place in his heart for Harley Earl.

Agreed!  John, I want to see YOUR pics!   :D

As we got back to Ouray, Monday afternoon,  we got a few pictures from the Ouray Overlook:









By this time we had scoured the town for a guitar for me to make some noise on.  Sunday evening, Jim from Canada and I walked up and down Main Street asking everyone if they knew of one.  Nancy in the Twin Pines office was trying to help and came up with a name but I could not connect.  It looked like everyone was to be spared an auditory onslaught!   :nervous:   Eh? 
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« Reply #40 on: June 27, 2015, 06:32:59 PM »

Tuesday, June 16:  The morning was cool and raining but we knew it would pass through.  While we were hanging out in front of the rooms, Christine shouts,  "Greg, they have guitars!"  Turns out I meet Betty and Charles Lewis and their son, Colton.  The Father and son between them had three guitars so we had an impromptu jam session while waiting for the weather to clear.  By the time I was done most had left.  Alan Paz and I thus collected our box lunches and left for the South Rim entrance of Black Canyon of the Gunnisson National Park, only 50 miles to the north up the 550 and east on the 50. 

The park contains 12 miles of the 48-mile long canyon of the Gunnison River. The national park itself contains the deepest and most dramatic section of the canyon, but the canyon continues upstream into Curecanti National Recreation Area and downstream into Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area. The canyon's name owes itself to the fact that parts of the gorge only receive 33 minutes of sunlight a day, according to "The Black Canyon of the Gunnison." In the book, Vandenbusche states, "Several canyons of the American West are longer and some are deeper, but none combines the depth, sheerness, narrowness, darkness, and dread of the Black Canyon."

The Gunnison River drops an average of 34 feet per mile through the entire canyon, making it the 5th steepest mountain descent in North America. By comparison, the Colorado River drops an average of 7.5 feet per mile through the Grand Canyon. The greatest descent of the Gunnison River occurs within the park at Chasm View dropping 240 feet per mile. The Black Canyon is so named due its steepness which makes it difficult for sunlight to penetrate into its depths. As a result, the canyon is often shrouded in shadow, causing the rocky walls to appear black. At its narrowest point the canyon is only 40 ft wide at the river.








Lunch at the Chasm:







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We watched a great film at the visitors center learning the history and funtion of the canyon and dam.  By heading back toward the south entrance, you can ride a very steep grade down to the water and dam. 



















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« Reply #42 on: June 27, 2015, 09:36:59 PM »

Wednesday, June 17:  JC had suggested and organized a 4 wheel day over the Alpine Loop out of Ouray.  I'd signed up as a passenger but wound up driving a jeep for the first time.  I don't think my passengers knew the danger they were in.  Well maybe Simon knew as he seemed to get bounced around the most.   :oops:   We drove (rock hopped?) over Engineer and Cinnamon Passes to Kathy and San Juan Ron's mountain retreat for lunch and then back over Cinnamon Pass through Animus Forks into Silverton before taking the Million Dollar Highway (550) back to Ouray.  All I can say is, WOW!   :huepfenjump3:   :huepfenjump3: 















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« Reply #43 on: June 27, 2015, 09:47:16 PM »

UP!   :2vrolijk_21:   :2vrolijk_21:













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Life on top!   :huepfenjump3: :huepfenjump3:

















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Love it, Greg!
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After a few hours of rock hopping we were all getting a bit hungry.  Kathy and Ron had it covered at their place.  Their digs:



The "crick"





The hot tub... I mean trout pond:



The boys:







The neighbor:



I realize now I didn't get pictures of the lunch or lunchers.  Trust me it was great.  I was too spellbound by the surroundings!  We had to hoof it back to Ouray to get the rental jeeps cleaned, gassed and returned but here's a couple of shots I thought were interesting.  Law and order made it to the mining camps:



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« Reply #47 on: June 28, 2015, 09:41:48 AM »

Thanks a bunch for posting Greg.....you got some great shots.

Ron & Kathy are living life large at their "cabin"......certainly could be an ideal dream place for me.  They had it all....the white capped river, the trout pond, a very sanitary horse stable, the 4x4 toys, an incredable log home (the interior was much more impressive) and all the wildlife......what more is there.  :2vrolijk_21:
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« Reply #48 on: June 28, 2015, 11:36:32 AM »

Thursday, June 18:  Is it the last day already!?   :nervous:   :nervous:   Better make it good so it was off to Silverton and Durango south on the 550.  It's only 70 miles but there are infinite turns and picture opportunities... and no guard rails!  Durango was hot but not hotter than the CVO Bike show at Durango HD (Thanks again, JC!)  Congrats to the winner, Russ, from Bishop, CA and Andy of the NorCal Krew!   :2vrolijk_21:    :2vrolijk_21:

So, off we go.  Sharks in the water:





Ouray Overlook:



Mt. Abrams:



Those of us from CA loved seeing water again! 







That's CVH's red Barkalounger in the middle!





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« Reply #49 on: June 28, 2015, 11:44:38 AM »

Magnificent day in Silverton:













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Seemed like the whole town was a photo opp!













This young lady can flat out play a mean piano! 



But I didn't touch her!   :nervous:    I swear! 

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Simon had told me about a place for Crepes in Durango and took Marilyn, Steve and me there.  It was terrific!  And the Cold Stone next door was not bad either! 





After the bike show, it was time to head back to Ouray for the party.  I got ahead of the pack and the next thing I know JC and Babe fly by me at about 85 mph.  JC had both hands on his.....   yes..... camera!  I'm waiting to see those shots!   :huepfenlol2:   Most of the group stopped at Molas Pass. 

Molas Pass (el. 10,910 ft./3325 m.) is in the San Juan Mountains of western Colorado, in the San Juan National Forest, on the Million Dollar Highway, U.S. Highway 550 south of Silverton, which is part of the San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway. Though it is one of the higher passes in Colorado, it has only a few switchbacks on the north approach, is considerably less intimidating than Red Mountain Pass on the same highway, and is generally kept open in the winter months.

Molas Pass is also the last mountain pass of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race, where riders race the train from Durango to Silverton.








So, it was on to Twin Peaks for our Pulled Pork BBQ, Awards Ceremony (I got Most Compulsive (Revulsive?) Bike Washer)  :huepfenjump3:   an T Shirt Exchange.  There were cameras going off like crazy and I was a bit busy....  A wonderful family left a guitar for me (how's that for trusting?) and those who stayed late sang a bit and Kathleen who lent the guitar came and sang an amazing song about single Mothers.  There were many thank you's and See you next time's as it was time for most to pack up and head out in the morning.   :(


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Thanks for the pics Greg, they clearly show the effort you took to capture them. What a great photo adventure. 
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Friday, June 19:  Mark, Alan CVH / John and I have another great breakfast and get ready to head to Moab, 150 Miles up the 550 to Ridgeway, then west on the 62, 145, and 141 to CO-90 and UT-46.  It was back the way I came.  Face it, Utah has the best welcome signs. 









Next stop in Utah was Wilson Arch which I shot on my way in so I left pictures of it to my companions.  After that, we stopped at a curiosity called "Hole In The Rock."  It's a 5,000 sq' home carved out of a huge rock in Utah's Canyonlands Country.  It began taking shape almost a century ago by the Christensen family. What began as a small alcove for the young Christensen boys to sleep in at night grew into a man-made engineering marvel 20years in the making. A fireplace with a 65' chimney,14 rooms arranged around huge pillars and a deep bathtub built into the rock delight visitors who visit this most unusual home in the dessert. Original furnishings, Alberta's paintings, Gladys's doll collection and many of the tools used to create this home remind you of the past.

In a 12 year period Albert excavated 50,000 cubic feet of sandstone from the rock. During this time he completed his famous painting Sermon on the Mount and his sculpture of Franklin D. Roosevelt on the face of the rock above his home.  When Albert died in 1957, the home was not complete. Gladys's in keeping with his wishes & lifelong dreams continued to develop the property, opening a gift shop and giving tours of her home until she passed away in 1974. Gladys is laid to rest next to Albert in a small cove within the rock near the home.










At the hole, we encountered a couple of Englishmen who asked for help with their smart phones and navigation.  They were headed to Grand Junction for the night.  We told them about our route from Ouray and programed their gps to take them to Twin Peaks.  They also insisted that England does not have a 4th of July until asked, "What comes after the 3d?"   :huepfenlol2:   From The Hole, we headed north on UT 191 into Moab for lunch.  Then north 9 miles to "Moab Under Canvas" to check in.  It's a tent city in the desert and while a bit different, was very fun.  Thankfully, we had misters in our tent.  It was 104* in the afternoon when we headed out to Arches National Park. 

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« Reply #54 on: June 28, 2015, 12:59:28 PM »

Thanks for the pics Greg, they clearly show the effort you took to capture them. What a great photo adventure.

Thanks, Doc!  You know the high standard set by JC, Jock and others....    :coolblue:

Arches National Park is located on the Colorado River 4 miles (6 km) north of Moab. It is known for containing over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, and a variety of unique geological resources and formations.

The park is 76,679 acres.  Its highest elevation is 5,653' at Elephant Butte, and its lowest elevation is 4,085 feet at the visitor center. Forty-three arches are known to have collapsed since 1977. The park receives 10" of rain a year on average.  We'd planned hikes to Landscape and Delicate Arches and were not deterred by the now 102* heat.  Yes, a dry heat which sucked the moisture out of you! 

Landscape Arch is the longest arche in the Arches National Park, found in the Devil's Garden in the north area of the park. It was named by Frank Beckwith, leader of the Arches National Monument Scientific Expedition, who explored the area in the winter of 1933–1934, and can be reached by short walk/hike of about 1.5 miles along a maintained trail.

The Natural Arch and Bridge Society considers Landscape Arch to be the longest natural arch in the world, having measured the span in 2004 at 290.1 ± 0.8 feet, slightly longer than a measurement made by the Society in 2006 of Kolob Arch in Zion National Park.  Since 1991, three slabs of sandstone measuring 30, 47, and 70 feet long have fallen from the thinnest section of Landscape Arch, prompting the Park Service to close the trail that once passed beneath it.













Alien stone art (or just Aliens):





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Double O Arch and the Devil's Garden:









I know what Jock is thinkin'....  Stop!   



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Though we'd only walked 3 miles to see Landscape, we had to rest a bit and hydrate because it was still 102* and the tough part of the day was coming.  I'd wanted to hike to Delicate Arch since I'd first come to the park, years ago.  So, Delicate Arch is a 65-foot-tall (20 m) freestanding natural arch.  It is the most widely recognized landmark in Arches National Park and is depicted on Utah license plates and on a postage stamp commemorating Utah's centennial anniversary of statehood in 1996. The Olympic torch relay for the 2002 Winter Olympics passed through the arch.  Because of its distinctive shape, the arch was known as "the Chaps" and "the Schoolmarm's Bloomers" by local cowboys.  It was given its current name by Frank Beckwith, leader of the Arches National Monument Scientific Expedition, who explored the area in the winter of 1933–1934.  It's only 1.5 miles from the parking lot but a very steep, 16*+ climb and in the heat.....   

You can see the parking lot in the background of this photo.  Mark has a liter of water with him.  I wore a 3.5 liter Camelback and needed every drop! 



Amazing sights along the way but we were determined.  You can see the Arch from the parking lot but soon it disappears.  You don't see it again until you arrive!  If you go, go in the afternoon and catch the sunset.  Many go to photograph it at night.... 





We made it! 



Resting in awe:



I was feeling pretty exuberant!



People were terrific and took turns getting photos.  John and I getting some shots:





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Mark and John:













Playing with shadows:

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As the sun sets, the colors change.  Soon the shadows rise and it was time for us to head back.  It had been a long day.  Many folks were just coming up the trail to catch the stars.  There was to be only a sliver of a moon that night. 



We climbed up to this Arch to photo Delicate:



Petroglyphs on the way down:



Remnants of the Wolf Ranch:





It had been a long hot day.  On the way down, a local told us about a restaurant called Pasta Jay's in downtown Moab.  It was terrific!  No food wasted that night.  Then it was back to Moab Under Canvas for a deeeeeep sleeeeep.   
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Saturday, June 20:  Woke up before dawn at Moab Under Canvas.  It's best described as luxury camping. 



Then it was north on the 191 to the 70 west for breakfast in Green River.  The food and views from the Tamarisk Restaurant are great but nothing compared to what we'd seen the day before.  We continued west to the 24 south, heading for the Utah scenic byway, one of my all time favorites, a state highway designated an "All-American Road" located in Garfield County and Wayne County, Utah, USA.  From Wikipedia:  Proceeding west to east for 122 miles (nearly 200 km), the highway starts south of Panguitch at an intersection with US-89, crosses part of Dixie National Forest and Bryce Canyon National Park, continues through the small towns of Tropic, Cannonville, and Henrieville. It crosses various parts of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GS-ENM), continues northeast through Escalante and over the Escalante River, then north through more of GS-ENM, Boulder, the Aquarius Plateau, Grover, ending in Torrey at an intersection with SR-24, five miles (8 km) west of Capitol Reef National Park. The 30-mile (48 km) long portion of the highway that ascends and descends Boulder Mountain on the Aquarius Plateau is known as Boulder Mountain Highway.

In Hanksville,  a convenience store carved into the rock:



I'm missing some of these but will find them:



Daniel Boone once said, "I've never been lost.  ...   I was once bewildered for three days but I've never been lost."   :huepfenlol2:



Capitol Reef National Park is 100 miles long but fairly narrow. The park, established in 1971, preserves 241,904 acres.  Called "Wayne Wonderland" in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman, Capitol Reef National Park protects colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. About 75 mi of the long up-thrust called the Waterpocket Fold, a rugged spine extending from Thousand Lake Mountain to Lake Powell, is preserved within the park. "Capitol Reef" is the name of an especially rugged and spectacular segment of the Waterpocket Fold near the Fremont River.  The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building, that run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold. The local word reef refers to any rocky barrier to travel.  Easy road access only came in 1962, with the construction of State Route 24 through the Fremont River Canyon. 



Your never lost when you can be in two places at once!   :huepfenlol2: 





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Here we are on the Devil's Backbone:





We reserved a day for Bryce Canyon National Park so we went past it to Red Rock Canyon where you can get great light in the afternoon.  Mark was trying to confuse us again.  BTW have you heard his laugh?   :huepfenlol2:







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The hydration / cooling vest were life savers!







Of course, some like it hot!



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Sunday, June 20:  We doubled back to Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views.  The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000'.

The Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who homesteaded in the area in 1874.  The area around Bryce Canyon was designated as a National Park in 1928. The park covers 35,835 acres.  This was my third trip to the park and I was still overcome by its beauty. 

We were going to line up the bikes on the sidewalk but thought if we're going to get kicked out, wait until the end of the day.   :coolblue:



Bryce Point, 8,300'.  From here it just got better.













Hoodoo?  Weedoo!



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It's about 600' down on either side of the rock.    ???







Careful! 



The Grand Amphitheater:



Natural Bridge:





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CVO OURAY II 042 by Greg Khougaz, on Flickr





Mark, who photo bombs a raven? 



Or pets pictures of dogs?



We accomplished our mission on the way out of the park.  A Mom and four kids waited patiently while we got some shots.  I asked the youngest girl if she liked motorcycles.  She gave an emphatic, YES!  So, we put all four on the bikes and Mom took pictures.  Too cute. 





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What a Great Adventure!!
Excellent pictures!
Your photographic skills are outstanding.
Thank you for sharing
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What a Great Adventure!!
Excellent pictures!
Your photographic skills are outstanding.
Thank you for sharing
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Tried to get a few riding shots on the way back to Panguitch near Red Canyon:











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Monday, June 22:  It's going to be 105* in Las Vegas, our destination for the day.  We left by 7:00 a.m. after breakfast and took the 89 south and turned east on the 14 through the heart of the Dixie National Forest into Cedar Canyon and Cedar City where we  went south on the 15.  From there, it just kept getting hotter.  We stopped for gas and hydration in St. George and put on our cooling vests.  From there to Las Vegas, it was over 100*.  We got to the Mandalay Bay just before noon.  Yep, 105*!  Still, there were lots of folks sunning themselves on the Mandalay Beach.  Can you say Bar-be-Que?  Mark and I walked the .5 mile to Las Vegas HD.  I guess we'd not learned but at least tried to stay on the shady side of the street.  At least the sales people were friendly:





That night we hit the downtown area for some great Hawaiian food and the Freemont Street Experience.  It was people watching like Sturgis, Hollywood or even Venice Beach.    :huepfenlol2:    :nervous:    :huepfenlol2:   

Tuesday, June 23:  To beat the heat, we were on the bikes by 6:30 a.m.  Gassed in Prim, brief pit stop in Baker, breakfast in Barstow and then hit Victorville HD where they had three CVO Road Glides and two Limiteds.  My local dealer says HD is releasing them so many dealers are overstocked with them.  There is hope for Alan and John / CVH!  We made it over the Cojon pass and headed west on the 210 to the 605.  At the 60, I split off to hit the 10 home to Santa Monica.  John and Mark stayed on the 605 to the 105 back to Westchester.  Alan stayed in Vegas to meet his brother.... What happened there, I can't say.   :coolblue:

Kyle, who had traveled with me initially, set me up with a detailer who spent 13 hours cleaning our two bikes.  They are perfect!  So much so I had the guy do my 2003 Titan the next day.  He spent another 8 hours and it looks brand new!   :2vrolijk_21:   :2vrolijk_21:

Thanks to JC and Jock for help posting multiple photos.  I'm beat!   :P   

Hooray for Ouray!  I miss everyone already! 

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« Reply #68 on: June 28, 2015, 11:02:25 PM »

Greg, fantastic pics and impressive all the hiking you guys did in that heat! Bummed out its over, will look forward to the next adventure..
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« Reply #69 on: June 29, 2015, 10:10:08 PM »

One word - Awesome!  You hit a grand slam on all fronts!

Thanks for taking the time to share it with us!  I really enjoyed the commentary and cool shots!

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« Reply #70 on: June 30, 2015, 11:14:45 AM »

Awsome description and pics.  Makes me want to take about a month off work and tour the west side of our great country.  We have some great roads and scenery in the southeast but your area is so different its something I'd love to do.  Maybe if ya'll keep doing these Rocky Mountain GTG I can make one.
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« Reply #71 on: June 30, 2015, 12:44:46 PM »

Outstanding stuff Greg.....Vivianne and I enjoyed your incredible photos!!!!   :huepfenjump3:
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« Reply #72 on: June 30, 2015, 01:27:31 PM »

Greg, fantastic pics and impressive all the hiking you guys did in that heat! Bummed out its over, will look forward to the next adventure..

Thanks, Alan!  That day at Arches was tough but we really wanted to see Delicate Arch.  It was an memorable experience, especially with such good friends. 


One word - Awesome!  You hit a grand slam on all fronts!

Thanks for taking the time to share it with us!  I really enjoyed the commentary and cool shots!

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You're the Master, Jock!  Just reaching for your bar.   ;)   


Awsome description and pics.  Makes me want to take about a month off work and tour the west side of our great country.  We have some great roads and scenery in the southeast but your area is so different its something I'd love to do.  Maybe if ya'll keep doing these Rocky Mountain GTG I can make one.

TN, I was in Maggie Valley with the group in Sept. '10 and got to tour the Southeast.  Charleston and Savannah were amazing.  Jock even put me up a couple of nights and took me to St. Augustine, Jacksonville & Daytona.  All beautiful! 


Outstanding stuff Greg.....Vivianne and I enjoyed your incredible photos!!!!   :huepfenjump3:

Always great to see you and Vivianne, Russ!  Congrats again on winning the bike show!   
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« Reply #73 on: July 02, 2015, 12:10:11 PM »

Hey Greg its looks great I really wish I could have made it. I would be nice to see am map with a highlighted view of everywhere you visited outside of Vegas! Thanks for sharing.

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Great job on this ride report and some great shots Greg!  A lot of faded memories....you're bringing back to life. :2vrolijk_21:
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« Reply #75 on: July 02, 2015, 01:33:31 PM »

Hey Greg its looks great I really wish I could have made it. I would be nice to see am map with a highlighted view of everywhere you visited outside of Vegas! Thanks for sharing.

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Hey Mike!   Thanks!   Here is the map to Ouray with side trips.   1,909 miles + or -.   On the way back, we went to Moab to see Arches; then up to Green River, UT and down the Utah Scenic Byway to Panguich and Bryce Canyon. 
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« Reply #76 on: May 01, 2018, 07:57:49 PM »

I just came across this thread Greg, WOW! Great job. I'm planning a trip in July that will encompass part of this and what an eye opener. Damn....now I can hardley wait!!
Thanks for doing such a great job and all of the sharing that you do to help make this site what it is.

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« Reply #77 on: May 08, 2018, 08:00:29 PM »

Hey Mike!   Thanks!   Here is the map to Ouray with side trips.   1,909 miles + or -.   On the way back, we went to Moab to see Arches; then up to Green River, UT and down the Utah Scenic Byway to Panguich and Bryce Canyon.


Hey Greg. I would also like to thank you for this excellent write-up. Especially the Navajo tour in Page and staying in Springdale as a sort of basecamp. We did a ride a couple years ago intending to hit much of the Utah spots but it was so hot that we only hit Arches and cut directly across to spend time on HWY 550. This year we are leaving June first to hopefully beat the heat. I have attached the general ride we are making this year.
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Hey Greg. I would also like to thank you for this excellent write-up. Especially the Navajo tour in Page and staying in Springdale as a sort of basecamp. We did a ride a couple years ago intending to hit much of the Utah spots but it was so hot that we only hit Arches and cut directly across to spend time on HWY 550. This year we are leaving June first to hopefully beat the heat. I have attached the general ride we are making this year.

June will be hot, at least in Moab. You will find other parts of Utah that will be more pleasant from a weather perspective than Moab. Best of luck and have a great time.

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« Reply #79 on: May 08, 2018, 11:40:38 PM »

I just came across this thread Greg, WOW! Great job. I'm planning a trip in July that will encompass part of this and what an eye opener. Damn....now I can hardley wait!!
Thanks for doing such a great job and all of the sharing that you do to help make this site what it is.

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Thank you! It was a great gathering and trip. A good time was had by all. There is so much to see in this country.


Hey Greg. I would also like to thank you for this excellent write-up. Especially the Navajo tour in Page and staying in Springdale as a sort of basecamp. We did a ride a couple years ago intending to hit much of the Utah spots but it was so hot that we only hit Arches and cut directly across to spend time on HWY 550. This year we are leaving June first to hopefully beat the heat. I have attached the general ride we are making this year.

Thank you! Antelope and the other slot canyons are not to be missed. Just a fabulous experience. All of the national parks are terrific, especially if you don't mind hiking a bit. Your plan map looks like a fabulous ride. Wish I could go!


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« Reply #80 on: May 09, 2018, 07:34:30 PM »

June will be hot, at least in Moab. You will find other parts of Utah that will be more pleasant from a weather perspective than Moab. Best of luck and have a great time.

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Thanks for the warning DesertHOG! That is the area that chased us off last time being too hot in July! I wanted to go even earlier than June 1st but my riding partner has an engagement playing at a banjo rally or something. I told him he needs to get his priorities straight, but he was already committed. Anyway, our plan spends two nights at the BW Plus Zion and going to ride Zion, Bryce, and Escalante. Afterwards down to North Rim and Page, and Sedona before taking route 66 and back up to cooler temps in Ouray!!! Yay! If it gets to hot again we will just have to suffer or head for the cooler temps again. I hope not this time around.
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« Reply #81 on: May 09, 2018, 07:38:36 PM »

Thank you! It was a great gathering and trip. A good time was had by all. There is so much to see in this country.

Thank you! Antelope and the other slot canyons are not to be missed. Just a fabulous experience. All of the national parks are terrific, especially if you don't mind hiking a bit. Your plan map looks like a fabulous ride. Wish I could go!
Thanks Greg and wish for your rapid recovery! You are certainly invited in any case for any part. We won't be hiking as much as you though! Your crash is a prime example that we are all at risk. I only ride for pleasure for that very reason, and just hope for the best after that. Take care.
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« Reply #82 on: May 18, 2018, 09:31:45 AM »

Greg. thanks for the great write-up.  Let's us know what to look forward to as we head to Ouray in July.  Simon, how hot will it be in Monument Valley on July 15th?  We may have to skip it.
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