Tuesday, April 25, 2017

2017 Moab Trip, Days 3 and 4

On day three of my trip to Moab for the annual gathering of Uralisti for dirt road riding, we went as a group to Spring Canyon Bottom Road.

15 rigs (13 Urals and two GS rigs) went out and 14 came back, the 15th had to be carried out by very helpful folks on their big truck.

 Newton, Mr COB's photogenic sidecar monkey

 This year we were joined by two nice BMW GS Rigs
 Tammy and her rig

 Mr COB's Raptor

 Tammy and her uniquely painted rig
 Photo courtesy of Tim L.

 Dana, proud member of the Patrol Patrol
 Photo courtesy of Tim L.

 Chris L. tootling along 
 Photo courtesy of Tim L.

  Photo courtesy of Tim L.

Me, stuck at the creek crossing  
Photo courtesy of Tim L.

 Joe had more training on re-attaching the muffler
on his rig, with John S. overwatching him.
 Photo courtesy of Tim L.

  Photo courtesy of Tim L.

Before lunch we split into two groups.  The smaller group of four rigs pressed onwards towards the end of Hey Joe Canyon while the rest of us elected to turn back as the "road" had become dicey for some of the rigs and some of the riders.

After emerging back out of the front part of Hey Joe Canyon, the main group had lunch at a nearby clearing with some trees for shade.

 Chris L. taking a lunch nap

Chris L. after his nap...  
Photo courtesy of Tim L.

Joe and Debra  
Photo courtesy of Tim L.

 Riding by majestic rock formations...

Canyon Roads

End of the ride group picture 
Photo courtesy of Tim L.

The main group of riders all made it back to the campground with no real issues.  It was while recovering that we found out that Mr COB's rig, the Raptor, had experienced engine issues.  Believing he and his rig were needing recovery, Tim L., Randy F. and I hooked up my trailer to Tim's Jeep and off we went back to find Mr COB.

Turns out though, a great and friendly group of Canadians happened by Mr COB's location and dragged his rig out using one of their ATVs.  Not only did they extract him from the nasty parts of Hey Joe Canyon, they put his rig on the back of their tow vehicle and were bringing him out as we were making our way to him!

We met up on the road and ended up just following the rescue truck back to the campground:

 Yep, the ride of shame....I've experienced it myself so many times.

Beefy sized truck eh?  Unloading the rig was a 
simple matter and off they went back to their camp site.
Kudos to the Canadian Crew!

Here's a video mix of stills and motion of day 3's riding on Spring Canyon Bottom Road: (All still shots are courtesy of Tim L.)

Day 4:  Onion Creek and the washing of the rigs.

A short ride for my fourth day at the Moab gathering.  12 rigs rode together to Onion Creek Road which is a bit over 20 miles north of Moab along UT Highway 128.  This was my third time riding on Onion Creek Road I believe and on a hot day it's a great road to ride since there's several small water crossings.

Today though, wasn't very hot, but it was still a lot of fun riding this dirt road and hitting the water spots to get one's rig clean.

Monday, April 24, 2017

2017 Moab Trip - Day 1 and 2

Ah yes, the annual gathering of the Urals and their riders here in what I see as the off-road riding capital of Utah.

I left early Saturday morning and after cruising some some of this scenery in the high country:

The high country in Colorado....the other "high country"
would be in Denver.

Umarang, the URRV with Scarlett in tow and I would end up in Moab at the Archview RV Campground at 3:00PM, a bit over 6 hours later.

Met up with Tim L and we set off to go scout possible locations for the night's/early morning shooting of the Milky Way.  Little did I realize that not much sleep would be achieved that day.

We rode into Arches NP and he found the planned location of the Double Arch near Balanced Rock to be quite suitable for the early morning's shooting.

The arch we'd shoot the Milky Way through...

The arch we'd sit next to....

photo courtesy Tim L.

We then rode over to the Dead Horse Point State Park and found ourselves some nice spots to shot the views as the sun set.  The sunset itself was nothing to write home about but quite a few folks showed up in the last 30 minutes or so to enjoy the sights anyways.
 That flat spot around which the river curves is
called Gooseneck Point.

 That is Potash Road making its way through
the canyon below.

 Tim L.

photo courtesy Tim L.

Tim L. enjoying the view as the sun sets.

Some gorgeous pics from Tim L:

We returned home in the dark after a rather disappointing sunset and just had dinner and chatted until it was time to gear up and head out for the Milky Way shoot.

At 0100 in the morning we rode out, and into the nearby Arches NP.  We reached the previously scouted location and proceeded to walk in seemingly long distance to our planned photo perches.  You see, we were trying to establish and conserve our night vision and so were limited to the use of Tim L.'s red led headlamp.

So we stumbled our way to the spots after a bit and shot away for the next 90 minutes or so.  My shots, didn't really come out at all.  Tim's camera is quite a bit more capable:

At 3:30AM we called it quits and headed back to the campground where we incoherently (so tired) said goodbye to each other and crashed.


Woke up less than 5 hours of sleep later, tired.  Go figure.  Sunday was a easygoing day, with lunch in downtown Moab as we waited for fellow Uralisti to show up and setup camp.

As evening approached, both Tim and I had seen that SunsetWX was predicting a nice sunset for the area of Utah that we were in.  So a quick plan was made and a destination picked, the top end of Mineral Springs Road.

As everyone who'd shown up were still resting or setting up camp, it was just Tim L. and I riding out and about 45 minutes later we found a nice spot at the top of the canyon wall trail that leads down to Mineral Springs.

Before we got to shooting pics though, along comes this articulated off road truck with the friendly German couple who stopped to get info/UDF and pics with us.

 Gunther and his wife.

 The rigs and Gunther's offroad home

 photo courtesy Tim L.

Tim L. then had the inspiration to instead pose the rigs along the edge of the canyon wall with the setting sun illuminating the rocky walls and road nicely:

 A view of the Mineral Springs Valley way below where we stood.

photo courtesy of Tim L.

 The lovely winding road leading down to the valley.

 photo courtesy Tim L.

 Just to give you an idea of the road and canyon walls.

 photo courtesy Tim L.

A very much boosted (in terms of colors) view of the
meager sunset we got on Sunday.

We got home as it really turned dark, chatted with fellow Uralisti for a bit and then hit the sack.  More to follow.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Weekend

Hope everyone had, amongst those of you who celebrate it, a good Easter weekend.

Thursday's Sunset proved to be a good prelude to Friday's Sunset.

I had Good Friday off and after only a modicum of work that couldn't wait till Monday, got some chores done around the garage and got a short set of rides in while running errands.  Sunset that day worked out pretty good:

Saturday was the day for the longer riding.  The day was in the low 60s in terms of temperatures, so a light jacket was required under my riding jacket but the sun was out so all good.  It was very windy however, which I think led to the poor 24 MPG results while riding Fiona.

Still, I found a new spot with a good view of Pikes Peak, near the junction of Colorado Hwy 83 and Douglas County Road 11:

The Sunset that Saturday evening came out pretty well:

 Denver Skyline

Sunday of course was Easter Sunday, didn't get a ride in but there was the annual hosting of friends at our house.  Martha my loving wife pulled off yet another successful gathering full of food, drink and friends.