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.....


SonjaM said...

I very much enjoyed these videos. I bet you'll find red dust on the bike long after...

What more could you ask for? Methinks the fun could have lasted longer.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks SonjaM, fun never lasts as long as one wants.... :P

RichardM said...

Enjoyed the video, especially the last one. It looks like you all had a great time. Nothing broken, so all's good!

redlegsrides said...

Thanks RichardM, you didn't think the last video was out of focus a bit? And yes, no mechanical problems is always a plus! Last year there were "issues" for three rigs.

RichardM said...

Yes, a bit out of focus but not too bad. Though the newer models with 1080P/60 fps are pretty nice. Plus 4K video. Maybe a bit overkill.

Canajun said...

Nice pics and videos. What a great spot to ride!

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Canajun....

Trobairitz said...

Great pics Dom. I enjoyed the shadow dancing in the time lapse video too.

redlegsrides said...

Updated the posting with many pics from Tim L., fellow photographer and rider....there's also a link to his smugmug account for all the pics he uploaded. it's worth your time to go through the posting again, and to peruse the smugmug link!

Unknown said...

Great write-up Dom - Thanks for adding the link to my post on Soviet Steeds and including some of my photos!


redlegsrides said...

Tim, you're most welcome, thanks for letting me use the pics! Great riding with you as always. Next time, radios!

redlegsrides said...

Just added an outstanding video by Mundo Bravo, a compilation of stuff shot by him, Tim L and yours truly I believe.....