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    Saddle Sore on Skyline Drive

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    Yesterday, I took a day off work and went for a ride before the weather changed today. After tonight, most of the mountain trails will be impassible for a while, and quite possibly, until spring.

    There's a "road" called Skyline Drive in Central/Northern Utah. It runs north and south for a total of 100 miles from Highway 6 to I-70. There's only a 3-4 mile connecting stretch of pavement, and the rest is dirt! Most of the road is at or above 9,000 ft elevation with the highest point being 10,897 feet.

    Here's a link with more information about it, if you're interested in the history.

    Because of the distance, I didn't have enough time to do the entire round trip of 200 miles. I had to drive an hour and a half one way with the TW in the back of the '96 Tacoma to get to the trail head.

    When it was all said and done, I had ridden 160 miles of dirt over the course of 8 hours with the only stops being to take pictures, eat an apple, and stretch my aching knees and back once I got to I-70. It was a long, but recharging day.

    After the first couple miles of smooth graded dirt, you come across this sign.
    The fun begins!
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    More pics to come...
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    It was amazing to see how often the contour and composition of the land changed over the miles.
    Some parts of the road were smooth packed dirt, and other parts were heavily rutted. Some were narrow, some were wide, some had Aspens, some Pines, some were barren, and some were white!
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    The Fall colors were wonderful to ride through and see in the distance.
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    Here's a link to see the entire 100 mile one way route. It's blue colored in the link.

    I started at the Fairview summit area since I've already ridden the northern part and didn't have enough time to do the entire thing.

    I was glad I had the Clarke XT225 4.1 gallon tank. I made it the entire way without having to worry about having enough fuel.

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    That looks different from the Sky Line Drive I'm used to.
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    Awesome, awesome photos! Thanks for posting them........awesome.

    Will we ride roads like this at. Moab 2017?
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    These are terrific photos. You folks out west really have it made when it comes to places to ride. I wish I could find it but last week or the week before someone posted a photo of their parked TW in the road in a redwood forest. Outstanding photo.
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    So beautiful, we need more "native surface roads" around here. Wild Bill, Moab was redder in some places and had a lot of sold rock surfaces, called "slick rock." I think every state with any mountains has a road they call Sky Line Drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xracer View Post
    That looks different from the Sky Line Drive I'm used to.
    Yes, much nicer. If you're talking about the Va skyline drive. Ours is full of people bumper to bumper either driving too fast or stopped at random spots in the road around a blind corner.


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    That's a good one! Thanks for posting.
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    That's about 20 miles from my home, have rode it several times.
    If your close to skyline, look up White River. Just off highway 6 at Soldier Summit.
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