Sunday, April 26, 2015

MOAB 2015 - Day 2 & 3

Day Two, Thursday, not much to post on, it was a mostly full day of work and some maintenance on Scarlett.  The highlight of the day, it turns out, was also the first event of the day.

Rising early and riding out with Tim L. and Ed aka Mundo Bravo riding as monkey in my rig to go catch the sunrise.

We ended up at the La Sal View Point where one can see the Monitor and Merrimac Monument rock formations.  Tim L. concentrated on the monuments:

 above and below pics courtesy of Tim L.
Note the Monitor and Merrimac Stone formations in the distance

I went for a time-lapse.  We went for a little fun stuff near the end of the video.,

Tree reflected in pool of water near where we parked

In the late afternoon, I did manage to join a small group of Uralisti as they rode through Arches National Park.  Not many pictures as there were too many people and cars spoiling the views of the magnificent rock formations.

 Getting photobombed by Dan K. at an arch we reached after
hiking a whole .3 kilometers!

 Shot while riding back out of the park.

Friday, Day 3, saw us riding to Onion Creek where one can do multiple "water crossings" of the creek.  The water levels were quite low however, so not too much splashing.  Still it was a fun time.

Views in the Onion Creek area

Here are several shots done by Tim L of the riding in Onion Creek:

 Lizzie and Dave S.
courtesy of Tim L.

courtesy of Tim L.

Ed, aka Mundo Bravo, in his element....
courtesy of Tim L.

Mundo Bravo and Tim L. at one of the last crossings of the day

Above video was shot using my GoPro Hero camera.  As you can see, the focus is bit "off" again.
I guess the "fix" I did soon after it's crash has worn off.  Maybe it's time to upgrade.

US191, east of Moab, is a very scenic roadway that follows
the Colorado River for miles.

Friday evening was a quiet evening for the most part as folks readied to depart for home the next day.  The great weather we had all week ended early saturday morning with a light rain which made me remember I'd forgotten to put the rain cover on the tent.  Yep, woke up at 4:51 AM with a bit of mist inside the tent!

No fun like standing around in a light rain, in the dark, trying to secure the rain cover onto the tent!

Finally got it somewhat in place and this kept more rain from entering into the tent.  I was awake now though so I packed everything up while inside the tent and waited for the dawn.

I departed around 7:20AM and would get home around 1:30PM Saturday.  Milli the PT Cruiser/URV did great again as a tow vehicle and no mechanical issues to report with Scarlett.

A great week of camaraderie with fellow Uralisti, met some new ones, re-kindled friendships with others and had some fun riding.  What more could I ask for right?

Update: here's a link to the sovietsteeds posting by Tim L. aka Canoewest on sovietsteeds:  LINK  He shot some magnificent photos and a good writeup as he saw the event unfold.  Go read it and enjoy.

Here's several of Tim L's outstanding pictures from the riding that was done before I managed to get out there to Moab to join the group:

 Scarlett's Twin!  Riders are Kim and Cheryl
courtesy of Tim L.

 Tammy's, of Unique Rides, rig
courtesy of Tim L.

 John, aka Spat, around Chickens Corner
courtesy of Tim L.

 Randy, of Unique Rides, at Chickens Corner
courtesy of Tim L.

Walt and his GearUP
courtesy of Tim L.

 Tammy and her dog, enjoying the riding
courtesy of Tim L.

 Dana and his rig, creating a rooster tail of sand
courtesy of Tim L.

Quite the photogenic dog and rig eh?
courtesy of Tim L.

Tim L.  Rider/Photographer
courtesy of Tim L.

Bonnie and her Patrol
courtesy of Tim L.

John, aka Spat, and his Patrol
courtesy of Tim L.

Dan K. and his GearUP
courtesy of Tim L.

an actual cowboy, actually smiling....
courtesy of Tim L.

Jenny and Craig P. and their Retro
courtesy of Tim L.

Dana and his Patrol....
courtesy of Tim L.

Update: 18MAY: video from Mundo Bravo.....

Friday, April 24, 2015

Moab 2015 - Day 1: Spring Canyon Bottom and Long Canyon

I arrived at the Archview RV Resort near the town of Moab in Utah around 5:30PM after seven uneventful hours on the I-70 Super Slab mostly.  Once again, I was using Milli, the PT Cruiser to trailer Scarlett, my 2014 URAL Patrol Sidecar rig.

There were already about 12-14 Ural Sidecar rigs in evidence at the resort, and I spent the evening getting re-acquainted with folks I'd met before, getting to know new to me Uralisti and just enjoying the camaraderie.

Wednesday began bright and early for me as I got up before 6 AM in the hopes of catching a good sunrise from a location within the confines of the RV campground resort where I was staying.

 Above is fellow Uralista, Dana, photobombing the picture shoot
on his Rokon

 The two arches you see, are known as the "Spectacles"
according to a sign displayed nearby at the campground.

The old abandoned church building on campground premises.

Today's riding first got a group of us on our Urals in the vicinity of Spring Canyon Bottom.  Most of the group decided to wait as Tim L. and I took our rigs further on down towards the riverbed bottom of the canyon.  Tim L. had reconned the road thanks to a friendly couple on a Honda ATV vehicle and declared the road quite doable by Ural.

There had been some hesitancy to take the whole group down due to the large number of rigs, the scarcity of spots to pull over and the steepness of the climb back from the bottom of the canyon.  Given the lack of a "crawler gear" on our beloved URALs, the way to climb a steep rocky trail is to charge up the incline you see.

 At the first ledge area just below from where we left the main group,
above is Tim L's Patrol sitting pretty on the rock shelf.

 photo courtesy Tim L.

 I rode Scarlett a bit further out on the rock shelf, seeking
to pose her on some dramatic spot, this is about as close
as I dared get to the edge though.

 The entryway to the shelf "road" leading down
to Spring Canyon Bottom
courtesy of Tim L.

 Yours truly descending down to the bottom
above and below courtesy of Tim L.

 Proceeding on down the steeply descending rocky trail to the
river below, one could see and enjoy the multi-colored rocky
canyon walls and the seemingly endless layers of rock and sediment
standing testament to the work of the river over the millenia.

 Though rocky and bumpy in spots, the road really was quite URAL-able.

 Once Tim and I got to the bottom, we looked up to the rocky
ledge where we'd started from.

Tim's shot with his 300mm Zoom
If you look closely, you'll see figures at the center of the ledge, waving down to us.
courtesy of Tim L.

photo courtesy Tim L.

Dana and John, the host and cook for the night's planned BBQ dinner had left by the time we motored on up the canyon back to the main group.  Tim led us out of the Spring Canyon Area and took us towards Long Canyon for a bit of riding.

Long Canyon is quite the scenic narrow canyon with majestic high rock walls and narrow slots spanned by a narrow trail of rock and gravel.  Though there were rock ledges and off-camber spots, it was also quite doable by Ural.  The only tricky spot really was at the beginning of the canyon trail and everyone seemed to enjoy the ride, I know I did!

 Above is the spot where I shot part of the video at the end of this
blog posting.

 Dan K. (above) and yours truly (below) going under
the large boulder forming a tunnel along the road
through Long Canyon.
courtesy of Tim L.

After the whole group had filtered on through and under the big boulder that formed a tunnel roof over the trail.  I "raced" to catch up with the main group.  I never did catch up though, stopped too many times to take pictures you see, thankfully they patiently awaited me at the end of the trail.

photo courtesy Tim L.

 Sorry, I couldn't get a better angle on the above picture,
the trail was so steep that the transmission wasn't holding
Scarlett in place and she was slowly moving forward on her own.
I have to get the parking brake re-adjusted.

 More views of the magnificent views one can see along
Long Canyon.

Once we were all together again, we rode back towards Moab for a very late lunch.  This was Randy, our great Colorado URAL dealer and fellow rider, Tim L, Dan K and yours truly.  Those burgers hit the spot.

Back at camp, we cleaned up and traded stories of the day's riding and looked to our rigs.  That evening we had a delicious BBQ dinner cooked by Spat, aka John S. and hosted by Dana who is the one who leads most of the rides during these MOAB get-togethers.  Nice job guys!

The last picture is of Scarlett's twin.  She's also a 2014 Patrol and her owners, Kim and Cheryle B. displayed remarkably good taste in rig colors, don't you think?

Stayed up way too late, especially since I was supposed to go out in the pre-dawn darkness with Tim L. and Ed aka Mundo Bravo to catch another sunrise at a different location recommended by Dana.  More on that in the next posting.