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Old October 11th, 2009, 05:28 PM
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Utah...a beautiful place

Just a quick trip meeting Rob, Bill, Sinuhe and Jack in Boulder and some old riding friends in Moab. Five days 1800 miles.

First I had to drone along on the 15 to Washington, UT. I had pre-ordered a new set of tires at Pro Cycle Sports to be waiting for me. I can't say enough about everyone at Pro Cycle Sports, great prices... nice people and had me ready to go in about an hour (After I pulled my own wheels they offered to mount the tires for free).




Then it was time to head east across UT.




County roads are a bit different in Utah.






I met up with Sinuhe in Moab for a quick ride...




The Moab area maybe old news, but that makes it no less beautiful.






















It's steeper than it looks in the photo... really it is...


950 love...




SE love...




x2...






Jean-Luc, who rode down from the SF Bay Area:


Ron, who rode out from Kansas:


Heading back through the Henry Mountains.








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Old October 11th, 2009, 07:54 PM
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Even more beautiful with the KTM love. Nice.
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Old October 12th, 2009, 10:57 AM
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Beautiful, Aaron.

It was 29 degrees yesterday morning when we headed out for the last dual sport ride on the GLDS calendar.
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Old October 12th, 2009, 11:04 AM
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That's COLD!!

Weather for this trip was perfect... high 70s in the day with a slight chill left in the air and high 30s at night (one night dipped down to low 30s with a snow flurry).
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Old October 12th, 2009, 11:42 AM
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Beautiful pics.
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Old October 12th, 2009, 03:38 PM
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That looked like Shafer trail in Canyonlands.

Great pics!
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Old October 12th, 2009, 04:02 PM
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Yep, Shafer and White Rim.
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Old October 12th, 2009, 11:23 PM
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Aaron, when were you in Island in the Sky? My wife and I were just there 10 days ago.
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Old October 13th, 2009, 07:35 AM
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I left for Utah on 10/6 and returned 10/10.
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Old October 13th, 2009, 08:47 AM
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Looks like we just missed you. We were there the week before and departed on 10/3.

Thanks for sharing the photos.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 09:58 AM
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Very nice
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Old October 15th, 2009, 11:04 AM
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Great photos, Aaron.

The magic will always be there no matter how many photos are taken.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 11:13 AM
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We camped at one of my favorite spots in Utah...


Arron rode to Moab, we met later and I convinced him to go location scouting with me...







These are the locations I would later be shooting for Nat Geo TV...


Castle Valley Overlook.


This is Suzy, she is 96 years old and has lived in Monument Valley for her entire life. She still weaves every day and hasn't been into town in over 5 years.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 11:45 AM
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I would post pictures but Sinuhe just stole the fucking show again.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 02:51 PM
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Okay, I'll try anyway.

I needed to use some banked vacation and Utah was calling me. I headed out to get my Utah fix, this time by way of Colorado side roads rather than a mad dash to the Canyonlands. Knowing there would be Bill, Aaron, Jack and Sinuhe all in the area we tried to meet up when we could.

First stop was Cripple Creek Colorado and a great scenic mountain road.The fall colors were in peak and the weather perfect.





I then headed down toward Lake City to drive Engineer pass. I wanted to be on top for sunset.


Before I got five miles in I had a broken shock, as usual.


I pressed on after removing the shock and found myself at the summit, nearly 13,000ft, well after dark. I thought it would be fun to stay the night on top. After a windy night sleeping in the truck I awoke to a winter wonderland.



Not so fun driving drifted snow trails, downhill with three shocks and all alone.


After reaching the bottom safely I was glad that I had the opportunity to see Colorado in the fall with a little snow.


After driving through a sleet storm and a sand storm along the way I finally met Bill in Page, AZ so we could do some hiking.





While in Page we hiked Wire Pass, Buckskin Gulch.






Next day was Antelope canyon, tourist trap but worth it, if that makes sense.




Then off to meet Sinuhe and Aaron, North of Escalante for the night, they split in the morning and Bill and I stayed in the area to hike, see a canyon or two and sock in the sights.






Late that night I started my truck to get some warmth before bed. Three was a loud noise.


Seems my fan blew up. It took out the lower radiator hose, the shroud and the radiator as well as denting, dinging or cutting many other areas. I am so thankful this happened while parked.


Here it is rigged to get me back to town so I could get new parts.


Jack brought me a fan and I had the hose i needed in my spare kit, just needed a radiator. Jack called in a favor to Premier Rover in San Diego and they sent a used one air mail so I could get home. Since it was the weekend we went out for a drive and left the disco back in town. I didn't take many picts cause I was fairly bummed at the situation.



We drove in the one ten with the sides up and door tops off for hundreds of miles, quite the experience. I highly recommend seeing Utah like this at least once.




After Jack left I installed the radiator and headed home...



Bye bye Utah, see you next year
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Old October 15th, 2009, 03:03 PM
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What is it with you and broken rear shocks?
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Old October 15th, 2009, 03:19 PM
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I was thinking the same thing. Are they showing stress cracks?
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Old October 15th, 2009, 04:02 PM
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I have broken multiple shocks on different vehicles. Some I have installed some I have not. Common factors are me, and the shock brand. Things I have noticed change are the type or color of the bushings OME provides and the washers OME supplies. This latest break shows that the weld had cracked, rusted then broke clean at a later time. So maybe it was an after effect of last years break.

This thing that is clear is that the weld is the weakest part of the shock. I break them there every time. I am throwing in the towel and going to fox or blingstien which don't use a welded hoop. If it's my driving that is the reason for the breakage, then I hope the new brand can handle it. I do not think I am particularly hard on my vehicle, that is to say, I'm not changing my driving style. I expect the goddamn shock had just better be up to the task.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 04:18 PM
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Rob,

Can you post up a pic of the top of one of your rear shocks mounted in place? In other words, a pic of the shock loop, upper shock mount, etc. Like these:





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Old October 15th, 2009, 04:38 PM
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Old October 15th, 2009, 04:40 PM
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This the one that I just replaced, that weld looks like week and even worse when the shock is not obstructed by the washer. I have no confidence.




Here is the one I replaced last year


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Old October 15th, 2009, 04:45 PM
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Old October 15th, 2009, 05:22 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by nosivad_bor
This the one that I just replaced, that weld looks like week and even worse when the shock is not obstructed by the washer. I have no confidence.




Here is the one I replaced last year



Rob,

Are there any indentations where the washer would make contact with the top of the shock?

Great photos, Jack.
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Old October 16th, 2009, 06:41 AM
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Yeah, those are great shots of the trip guys. Really makes me think about how I can camp with less gear than I do now.
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Old October 16th, 2009, 08:25 AM
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Rob, I'm pretty sure no one has broken more OME shocks than you!!

BTW, I'll be in Lancaster and Philly next week.
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