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    So purple says: "My hovercraft is full of eels. Gotta meet this guy someday.

    As to the Forma Adventure boots I too went through the mental
    gymnastics of balancing protection against comfort and off-bike versatility. I could be snide and say at least the blow didn’t break my foot like it broke the TW frame but I can’t honestly say it all happened at once, it was an active week.9903ba7267c7a403a341d40b5a5a4b3f.jpg
    I decided I was still happy with the compromise afforded by the Forma Adventure boots. For example prior to the injury I had spent several hours confidently scampering around the Slickrock Single Track trail in the Formas. MX style boots likely would have made me nervous off the bike when trying to find traction on sloping rock. Yes I got hurt with a boot affording less than optimal crush protection but my old MX boots did not match my adventure riding style.

    P.S. - Prognosis indicates more motorcycling. Four digital X-Rays today indicate no real damage so I must be just a cry-baby.
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    Last year I claimed there were few if any road signs on the long graded shortcut between Utah and Nevada. Turns out I was wrong, found this one at least: Oh, and I actually saw another car this time, a rancher's wife off to the big city lights


    Found other interesting signs too, somewhat better maintained: Quote sounds almost as if the writer was referring to TW-ing at Moab


    Amazing what a fellow can stumble upon: Looks like $96 stage fare from Houstin,TX to Austin, NV?
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    CATHEDRAL VALLEY Video
    This relaxing ride into Capitol Reef National Park’s Cathedral Valley was a worthwhile detour on my way to Moab. About 35 miles of graded dirt from the highway takes one past lower and upper Cathedral Valleys and up to a simple fee-feree campground overlooking the valley below.
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    BLACK ROCK ROAD Video
    My Astro 4x4 van may not be as comfy as some of your RVs but it sometimes allows me to explore and discover some interesting places with less risk of getting stuck. Here is a quick minute of some of the “Big Empty” as I work my way home via an overnight at a nice hot spring
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    I enjoyed seeing the moab trip pictures and videos.
    We explored and camped out when we did the Cathedral Valley loop, easy but scenic.
    I'm really interested in your shortcut on the Black Rock Road, though I've been across Hwy 50 a number of times I haven't gone that way yet.

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    Fred I think your Astro van is a comfy getaway vechicle for one or cozy two like with the wife. We used to have a small tent trailer that I raised the axel and put bigger wheels on it for off road. We towed it by many 4x4's all over the Socal desert and into Baja until it started to fall apart. We used to put a Honda 110 atc on the roof of the TentT. I won't go very far on dirt roads with our trailer now I know it will implode.

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    BLACK ROCK ROAD Video
    My Astro 4x4 van may not be as comfy as some of your RVs but it sometimes allows me to explore and discover some interesting places with less risk of getting stuck. Here is a quick minute of some of the “Big Empty” as I work my way home via an overnight at a nice hot spring
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    Moab SlickRock Singletrack Video
    This was my favorite ride, April Fool’s Day fun in the sun riding with the crew on the rocks chasing down all those little white markers. Totally captivating trail for a first time ride as you never know exactly where those pesky white marks will go next. I thought all the little pockets of water really added to the visual and riding enjoyment
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    Nice vid Fred ....
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    That is a cool video. So someome took a group photo of everyone on this day before heading out. We went to potash Rd and the switch backs. Anybody have it?
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    I should have followed Tweaker out to Potash for after SlickRock we all took Hell’s Revenge to relax on something a bit wider than single track. Sure enough a quarter mile in I bonked my foot. Seemingly the first chance I had to upshift out of first gear and off I go wide grazing a boulder. As such following video is a bit brief as I was a bit distracted by a painful paw


    Needless to say others have posted better videos of this ride. It is another great trail system out of the Sand Flats area, well worth the $2 admission. It can be challenging but there are by-passes to avoid the nastiest sections.
    I felt much more comfortable on my bike and tires here than when I first did Hell’s Revenge on Borneo’s borrowed bike. His new Michelin M-63 ( I think) knobby front tire seemed squirrelly compared to my trials tire.
    His M-63(?) wanted to wander off to the sides. In the above opening scene the beginning of the trail is a lion’s back type feature where you really don’t want to wander off to the sides.
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