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post #11 of 31 Old 08-14-2019, 02:07 PM
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I want to do the Moki Dugway.
The Moki Dugway is fantastic. You might also look into Burr Trail Rd. between Bullfrog, UT and Boulder, UT. It's mostly hard-packed dirt/gravel until you get fairly close to Boulder, where it's paved. It offers some amazing landscapes and vistas. There are a set of switchbacks around the mid-way point that rival the Moki Dugway.

Another very worthwhile stop along Burr Trail is a slot canyon about 11 miles east of Boulder. It's easy to miss, but definitely worth a quick stop.
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As the trip is inching up on me, plans have changed. I'm meeting up with a friend in Amarillo and going to Pikes Peak. Then, make our way south into Utah. His bike is not off road worthy so I'll be having to split up...and he doesn't mind.... and meet at an as yet un-designated rendevous.
I really want to spend some time far away from city lights!
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I decided to the NE this trip and of course the Hurricane is headed that way now.....may be a slight delay. Mounting tires and changing fluids now.

So where are ya? on the road??

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So where are ya? on the road??
Trip begins Sept 27 at 10 Pm. I'll ride through the night to get to Amarillo and continue up to meet my friend in Colorado Springs on the 28th.

As with most of these trips, one has to go with the flow or you won't have a good time.

Like last time I rode with my friend, he had a NC700X and could do gravel. Now he has a Triumph Trophy (which is road all the way). So, go with the flow. That said, it would be great if someone met up that has a gravel worthy bike so we could camp in some wilderness!
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Nice! I was just headed out for a long trip from Florida to California but am stuck here in Florida waiting this storm out.
I was a desert rat for 25 years and miss it intensely right now, jealous!
Enjoy and keep it rubber side down!
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"I really want to spend some time far away from city lights! "

Seeing the night sky without city light contamination is really a treat. Had that pleasure in South Dakota a few years ago.
Koa in the middle of nowhere and no city glow on the horizon.
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Moki Dugway is very mild, mostly paved semi-offroad track. I rode it last May and you could easily drive the route in a Prius. While you're there, be sure to take in Gooseneck SP and Mexican Hat. If you're headed south, ride thru Monument Valley--a short and worthwhile out-n-back. More adventurous is Shafer Switchbacks in Canyonlands NP near the visitor center. You can ride down and back up, or if you feel adventurous, continue on the back route to Moab on 142 along the Colorado River to 279 to civilization. Some great overlooks along the way. More rugged and some gravel/sandy sections, but I did it on a Versys with 90:10 tires. You'll need to have a skid plate or be cautious of bottoming out on some of the rocky sections, and should prolly have at least some off-road experience to do the lower section to Moab. If the ferry is running--check because it wasn't running earlier this summer--it's a fun trip taking 276 from Halls Crossing to Bullfrog on the upper reaches of Lake Powell. Nice campground on the south side of the lake near the ferry departure point.
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... Colorado Springs on the 28th.
As long as you're there I highly recommend a ride up Pikes Peak. Just got back from there and it's spectacular.
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I have managed to take off a little earlier than originally planned. I will leave Wed the 25 at 8:30 pm.
I'll ride through the night to get across that big speed bump most call Texas.
I may stay in a place called Sugar Rite Canyon. I stayed there over night about 20 years ago . It was nice...and empty.
It's right before you get to Raton Pass .
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I also checked the air filter.....what a pia!
I'm ready...clean, beautiful oil!
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As long as you're there I highly recommend a ride up Pikes Peak. Just got back from there and it's spectacular.
That's the plan!
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