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Old 05-01-2012, 10:45 PM   #1
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Driving to Moab...

...really is a piece of cake. So we added a ~300 mile detour to the usual 480 mile route from Phoenix:



Here's a pic along the way; at the saddle of Blue Notch Canyon near Hite, UT:


Disclaimer: neither my truck nor myself are really "CK5-approved", so beware.
But the route was a hell of a lot of fun. 800+ pics so far, and that's before hitting any trails in Moab.
Anyways, back to your regularly scheduled programming.
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what bumper is that?
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I dont see how that truck could not be CK5 approved!
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I have been mapping an all dirt route to Moab for quite a few years.

Something I hope to do with some friends in the next couple of years.

Still don't have the whole route but pretty close
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what bumper is that?
Yeah, well. ORD.
Is the sticker on the truck not big enough? Ever notice that blue truck in the ORD ads?
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I dont see how that truck could not be CK5 approved!
No 14-bolt, ARBs, still on 35s, lowered 208, aluminum radiator with plastic tanks, hi-steer without Dedenbear knuckles, 30-spline stubs, no Warn winch, dual front shocks,...

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I have been mapping an all dirt route to Moab ...
Wasn't all dirt, but all scenic. More dirt would have been turning north at Natural Bridges and go Maverick Point and South Elk Ridge into Beef Basin, and out UT 107, then take Lockhart Basin into Moab. We've done that part a few years ago. Adding that route - instead of going to Blanding and taking 191 - would have presented logistical problems: fuel supply, and we didn't want to camp. But I'd certainly recommend it. In fact, we're planning to leave Moab via Lockhart Basin.

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More pics pleezzzz
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You should do the needles district trip from Hite sometime. 60 miles one way and you probably will only see cattle. Camping required but it's cool. I would like to get back into that type of "wheeling" sometime.
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More pics pleezzzz
Total pic count as of today: 991. Can't post any of'em because of really slow interwebs here at River Canyon Lodge. Nice rooms, but timed out three times on a resized file... I might run out of card space on this trip.

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I'm jealous.

You should do the needles district trip from Hite sometime. 60 miles one way and you probably will only see cattle. Camping required but it's cool. I would like to get back into that type of "wheeling" sometime.
Trips based out of Hite are sort of on the horizon for next year. It seems Hite now might be a reliable source of gas - given the distances on the west side of the river(s), that's a game changer.

We actually considered camping, and it turns out the gear we stowed away after our last river running trip more than 10 years ago is still intact and functional ... and I even found 2 MREs from back then...

My truck is the limiting factor, at 10mpg; the Cruiser is doing 14-ish. There are a bunch of trails in the Maze section of Canyonlands NP that I'd like to run, and my trail buddies from BC that come here every year are sorta twisting my arm...

Just bring the 4488, and we'll let you run up front, for "scouting" purposes - I hear those Ultra4 racers run pretty smoooooooth on the trails...
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I confused my districts, yes the maze district is awesome. We did it in Stephens blazer back in the mid 90's. Topped off with gas in Hite and carried ten or so gallons. Went all the way in, camped "up top" by the maze part then again another night by the doll house. Went down and took a bath in the Colorado, kind of cold in March.

Could bring the race car but it's too loud. And you think gas is an issue at 10 mpg just try 4mpg on for size. It might push 8 or so going slower.
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OK - Golden Spike today; brought up the rear. Claudia was the official tailgunner; I'm not registered with CruiseMoab this year.

Started at 8:15 with 20 trucks, out the other end at 5pm. Breakage: a broken sway bar link on an FJ Cruiser, and I popped a shock: one of my front 5125s started leaking oil badly, and I took it out during lunch break at the Golden Crack at 1:30pm. This was an occasion where it turned out to be really handy to have four shocks up front...

Pix when I get back to real interwebs access...

Tomorrow: 3D, Mashed Potato, and perhaps Spring Canyon...
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