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.

 Newt, Mr COB's photogenic sidecar monkey

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

 Mr COB's Predator

 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 Predator, 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.


SonjaM said...

Great action videos, awesome pics, Dom. I like the one with the hacks riding along the huge rock formation best. Marvellous! And Tammy's rig is so beautiful, love the paint job.

redlegsrides said...

Danke SonjaM, glad you like this stuff.

Trobairitz said...

Another few days of fun. It is good to see so many rigs show up and the nice Canadians coming to the rescue too.

I'm with Sonja, my favorite pic is the rigs along the huge rock formations. They look so tiny in comparison.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks for the comments Trobairitz! The Canadian crew truly saved the day with their actions. I do like the stark contrast of the rocks and the rigs.

David Masse said...

Holy moly Dom, words fail!

I heard about Moab, never been there. The closest I came was Bryce Canyon. That is one heck of a great way to spend time.

Diamond Dave said...

What is that orange paddle shaped thing on the side of Mr COB's Raptor rig??

redlegsrides said...

David Masse, I think you would like Moab very much. Thanks for the comments.

Diamond Dave, it's the holder for the chainsaw he apparently carries back home in Washington state. Apparently, he encounters the odd tree fall across the trails he rides there.

RichardM said...

Any speculation as to what failed on Mr COB's rig?

redlegsrides said...

RichardM, it appears it was a timing/ignition issue. He's running an engine with the 825cc cylinders I believe and he'd installed an ignition system similar to the powerarc that provides four different timing modes. I could have this all wrong, but it's all resolved now and he's a happy camper with his rig's performance now.

redlegsrides said...

RichardM, update from COB, aka Dave Hooker re the issues his rig experienced:

turned out to be: bad starter motor and bad electrical ground connection

Steve Williams said...

I've been to that part of Utah once in mid-October. Didn't see a soul anywhere. Felt otherwordly. And the color palette is so unlike the green of Pennsylvania that it's almost disorienting. To ride in that landscape, well, seems sublime. Even with the physical challenges to man and machine.

Your videos are great. Love watching how the URAL navigates the terrain. And the still images give a great sense of the place. Makes me wish I was there right now.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Steve though most of the stills are by a fellow Uralista....I think you'd love riding with us in Utah...and to have your photo skills along.....wow

BeemerGirl said...

Looks like a couple great days. I love the colors, rock formations, hacks crawling along the riverbeds. Just great!

redlegsrides said...

Yes it was BeemerGirl, it was a set of great riding days, sun and colorful rocks, shallow streams, sandy trails....