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post #1 of 6 Old 09-21-2009, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on Utah

Just got back from Utah and the surrounding states. The Burr trail was outstanding, lost the bike in a small river crossing on the trail, but was able to recover. (lesson learned, cross by foot first). It was a little deep, but more importantly, it was all clay, very very slick when wet. A few small trashed parts, but well worth the spill. I would have taken pictures of the sleeping DL, but the camera was totaled.

I also went with some other friends, and our pace seldom matched, leaving me with the conclusion that I would be better off riding solo. Meeting at base camp is the way to go.

Zion, Bryce, The North Rim, Stair case Escalante' The Burr trail all outstanding!
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Welcome back Clem. Glad to hear you had a great trip. I just got back from Canada early Sunday morning. 4200 miles. One minor bike problem caused by a mud dauber, will fill in the rest when I see you.
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Great stuff Clem! Welcome back. That Russell seat can be used as a flotation device during river crossings.

If you still have some from your now defunct camera, let's see more pictures.

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more pics

A good thing for solid state digital, the pics are saved. All the more reason for me to get a solid state mini.

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Hey Clem, I rode the Burr Trail a few years back and it was awesome. Southern Utah, and Northern Utah are some of my favorite places. I have been there many time, and plan to go again next year. I don't think I'll take my Concour 14 on the Burr Trail, but I still have my V-Strom, which worked great for most of it. Of course, I have had my Concours on some pretty funky roads, and it surprised my with it's stability. I guess that nasty 190 tire in the back helped some. Earlier this year Charlie Pope and I went on a dirt road in the Everglades. It ended up being about thirty miles long, and poor Charlie was on his Harley. It was a blast though, and Charlie made it just fine. He does love the dirt roads, as do I.

I can't wait to get back to Utah, and the Rocky Mountains in Colorado Wyoming, and Montana.

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I went with others that did not take the path least taken and I am sure we got the most adventure for our money. The Burr trail is outstanding. A little flash flood made for some slick spots, and I would not have tried it with anything but a dual sport bike. The water was deep in some areas. We bumped into a wild horse there and that was incredible as well. Utah is my favorite state no doubt. We really tore it up this trip, so it will be a while before I can get out there again. Not sure where next years trip will be, but I have all sorts of ideas.
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