Day Two--Lasal Mountain Loop Trail
We tried our best to go over Lasal Mountain Pass----but the snow was too deep. We made a great day of riding anyway. When we arrived in town we were told the pass was still snowed in by Fred Hink at Arrowhead Motorsports---but me and Kenny are a little famous for opening up mountain passes as you will see later.
|I had read much about this mountain loop on the internet where I get most of my travel information---although I have to be very creative finding the remote places I like to ride to. Kenny is pointing to the top of Lasal Mountain where we are planning on riding over the pass. Another beautiful cool morning. I was even able to print a roll chart (directions) right off the internet (thanks to Fred Hink again) to follow this high pass ride. This rode quickly turned to dirt then rock----then snow !!!!|
|Kenny is busy digging for his digital camera. Looks like we are half way to the pass. The snow was much heavier when we first came to town---but seemed to be melting quickly. Looking at it from here I thought me a Kenny could plow our way over the pass.|
|Ok-----end of trail. A 4-wheeler had made it to where Kenny is standing. While I was taking this picture I went to my knees in the soft snow.|
| So we head back down
the mountain across these rough rocks------somebody had to haul these in
from Colorado and dump them here. There is a lot of this in Colorado and
if you think rocks like this are not for your-----just stay out of
Colorado as you won't be a happy camper.
This is the only place in Utah where we ran across big loose rocks like this.
|Ok-------end of trail again in the same day. This is heading up to Geyser Pass and Kenny is having fun spinning in the snow. We met a nice mountain biker couple going back down and talked for awhile. I was admiring this guys high dollar bike----and he commented he had so much money in it he could have bought one with a motor-----we both laughed !!!!!!!!! We told them of the impassable snow ahead and they were so disappointed as they were planning on traveling on over the mountain pass. I think they might have gone up anyway-----who knows, maybe they carried their bikes across the deep stuff. We surely couldn't carry ours.|
|Aren't you getting tired of seeing Kenny ???? Well there's my bike anyway. Touratech and Cycoactive sponsored of course-----they sent me a sticker for my gas tank !! We got our GPS's and touratech mounts from cycoactive. They are such knowledgeable folks and are always willing to help. Tom at cycoactive inspired my Colorado mountain pass trip last year from a trip he and a friend did up in Washington and Oregon.. I was using a different GPS than most people used for this type of trip. It was a Garmin 176----which me and Kenny both agreed out performed both Kenny's III+ and Street Pilot. The waypoint and map detail capacity was huge !!! We found out I made a very good choice and it held up very well on our trip.|
|These 2 riders coming at us are on a 4-1/2 month adventure of the US. They are from Germany and were in complete awe at the scenery. I talked with them for quite a while on the side of the rode--and they were heading for Colorado next. I warned them of the likelihood of snow on the passes as it is still early April.|
|We could never pass up stopping and looking at beautiful rock formations like this.|
| Look at those smiling faces
!!!!! He was on a BMW R100GS/PD just as I used to have and am kicking
myself in the ass for selling.
She is on a BMW F650 just as I used to have and am kicking myself in the ass for selling.
Mark---"Why are you selling your Guzzi Lemans" ????? "So I can kick myself in the ass" !!!!!!!!!! and so on and so on.
|Ok----my ass is getting pretty sore. Here is the "Dewey Bridge". The longest and oldest suspension bridge in Utah. Located about 30 miles East Northeast of Moab. It was built just at the turn of the century and was never made for motorized traffic. It had a load limit of something like----2 wagons----and 6 horses. For foot traffic only now and has been beautifully restored. It spans the Colorado river. I think this was on our top ten beautiful things we seen on this ride. Anybody can see this wonderful sight as it is bypassed by local highway 128.|
|About 5 miles North of the Dewey bridge we turned West on a dirt road. For a lot of miles we never seen a track, foot print or another living soul. It was very difficult navigating thru this area and we couldn't have done it without our GPS's. We felt like Clint Eastwood riding full bore across the desert------we then came across this old log cabin--pretty neat. That tree was a rare thing for sure. Not many in this country. Shade was hard to come by. This took us West, past Yellow Cat Mesa, Yellow Cat Wash, Memphis Hill and finally we hit hwy. 191 just North of Valley City reservoir, which is just North of Arches National park.|
| We found
this old mine along the way and walked in it and was amazed at it's size. We really
don't know how far it extended underground but there were stone posts in
there as typical in mining to hold the roof up. It was dry as a bone
If you come riding out here---remember the 4 rules of offroading in Utah:
1. Have a huge gas tank on your bike 2. Have a huge gas tank on your bike 3. Have a huge gas tank on your bike and 4. Have a huge gas tank on your bike.
Day 3 Were on our way to the Grand Canyon--will we make it ??????