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Three day trip from SoCal to Torrey Sept 21 - 23, 2022


Groanup

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I really enjoyed doing this for spring, so I'm doing it again.

 

The plan is to ride to Mesquite NV on Wednesday, Sept. 21, and spend the night at The Virgin River Casino. (300 miles)

My starting point will be The Grizzly Cafe in Wrightwood CA for breakfast. They open at 8 am. I'll be there between 8 - 8:30.
We'll stop at the Dairy Queen in Baker for gas and a break.
Check-in at the Virgin River Casino is 4 pm if you prefer a different route.

 

Thursday the 22nd we will find our way to the Grand Canyon's North Rim for a look-see, then continue on to spend the night at Marble Canyon Lodge. (300 miles)

If you're joining us, make sure you reserve your room asap. They filled up early in the spring...

This takes us into the Grand Canyon NP, so there is a fee unless you have a senior, or annual pass.

 

Friday will be a 360 mile ride past Monument Valley, up the Moki Dugway, across the Colorado River, through Hanksville, and on to Torrey for the weekend where we will ride,
eat, drink, and generally make merry before heading for home on Sunday (but that's another story).

 

PLANNED ROUTE

 

I will try to build a gpx file for this route. I'll share it when it's ready...

 

We will take appropriate breaks each day of course.

 

If you missed doing this in the spring this year, here's another chance to see places like this.

 

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Okay, I'm envious... I also want to get my house on the market sooner rather than later. I will be back to ride this again.

 

I drove the P car up the Moki Dugway last week. It was in sad shape with bad washboarding most of the way up. The downward side had lots of little ravines carved across it from summer monsoons. How about staying in Jacob Lake (the food is better) and then going north on US 89A to SR 12?

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35 minutes ago, Groanup said:

Friday will be a 360 mile ride past Monument Valley, up the Moki Dugway, across the Colorado River,...

 

You got to stop more than once on the way up the Moki Dugway to realize that dirt road leads to the Valley of the Gods.

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52 minutes ago, Dennis Andress said:

 

You got to stop more than once on the way up the Moki Dugway to realize that dirt road leads to the Valley of the Gods.

 

I do realize. And if I had the bike/tires for it, I'd attempt that drive...

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2 minutes ago, Groanup said:

I do realize. And if I had the bike/tires for it, I'd attempt that drive...

 

(I meant the dirt road off in the distance)

 

I wonder if it's even worthwhile to drive into the Valley of the Gods. There's two or three good place to stop on the way up the Dugway.


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1 hour ago, Dennis Andress said:

I drove the P car up the Moki Dugway last week. It was in sad shape with bad washboarding most of the way up. The downward side had lots of little ravines carved across it from summer monsoons. How about staying in Jacob Lake (the food is better) and then going north on US 89A to SR 12?

Is it really THAT bad that I shouldn't ride my Versys on it for a couple miles? I did Burr trail to Bullfrog with plenty of washboard. Is it any worse than that?

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1 hour ago, Dennis Andress said:

Okay, I'm envious... I also want to get my house on the market sooner rather than later. I will be back to ride this again.

 

I drove the P car up the Moki Dugway last week. It was in sad shape with bad washboarding most of the way up. The downward side had lots of little ravines carved across it from summer monsoons. How about staying in Jacob Lake (the food is better) and then going north on US 89A to SR 12?

That’s food for thought. Although seeing monument valley and moki dugway and riding on 95 was great there were looong stretches of north az with little scenery. 

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Okay, I'm envious.... I will be back to ride this again.

 

Excellent! Always good to have our local native guide along…….

Moki Dugway and North Rim have been on my list of places to say I’ve been to, this is gonna be good!

 

See ya in Wrightwood

Don J

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2 hours ago, Groanup said:

Is it really THAT bad that I shouldn't ride my Versys on it for a couple miles? I did Burr trail to Bullfrog with plenty of washboard. Is it any worse than that?

 

Rainbow.

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2 hours ago, LBump said:

OK.  Need to make decision. Will we visit the 'Wave' rock formation?

I'm pretty sure there's some kind of lottery or reservation system to visit "The Wave".

However, if you have a way to get in, it's a short side trip if you'd rather do that than the north rim.

THE WAVE LOTTERY

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