2015 Motorcycle Vacation Utah BDR - Photos by Miles Waite

These are the photos and videos from my very adventuresome 2015 motorcycle vacation. This was supposed to be the second in my series of motorcycle vacations. Last year I did the Colorado Back Country Discovery Route. That ride went without a hitch, and was just incredible. This year's plan was to ride fairly directly to the four corners are to start the ride. I got really lucky by getting a 3 extra days off from work. The extra time off would be great! The ride home would be longer and there were just a bunch of cool places to see on the way home. The plan for the ride down was to leave Denver, camp the first night on Medano Pass. Day 2 get to Durango. Day 3 get to Mexican Hat in Utah and start the Utah BDR. Medano pass had a couple of technical spots, and the numerous water crossings. Took me a while to figure out that coming down Medano pass I developed a leak on my right fork seal. That turned out to be a 4 day delay in Durango. A heartfelt thanks to the Davis Service Center in Montrose. They got me in and replaced the seals same day. The 2 local shops in Durango, 2 weeks. Trip was back on track. I ended up going down through the town of Kayenta Arizona, before heading north to Mexican Hat. Little bit of a diversion but really cool scenery. I camped at Goosenecks state park. If your more adventuresome you can ride and camp out on the point. Valley of the gods is not to be missed. Coming up the switchbacks of the Moki Dugway is exciting. Right near the top you get a wonderful view of the valley of the gods. Entering the Manti-La Sal national forest really reminded me of Colorado. I decided not to do Lockhart basin. I had a couple of photo diversions that I wanted to do. Got a room in Moab. Went off script again and did Schafer Rd just SW of Moab. Awesome diversion, I could have spent the entire 2 weeks in Moab and that would have been fine with me. Because of my Fork seal delay, I figured that I wouldn't be able to complete the UTBDR. My new plan was to ride the remainder of the route till I got it I-70 or Hw 191 and then turn for home. So rejoining the UTBDR at the La Sal Pass. I missed that there is a section called Hell Canyon. Going up the pass was easy and scenic. Coming down the other side, the conditions degraded. Long story short while trying to tack across some fist sized loose rock to get to a better side of the road the front end washed out and I dumped the bike. Felt like I pulled a muscle in chest. Didn't hurt, but really didn't feel right. Got the bike righted and slowly made it back to Moab. Thought about camping out that night, that didn't last long. Another hotel. The next morning chest still not feeling normal. Went to hospital, evidently I separated two ribs from the cartilage on my sternum. Oops..... So with that the trip was officially over. The scenery was very beautiful in a stark desert way. It was defiantly worth wile.



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