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I am trying this again. I would like to make the Moab 2020 ride, but I live across the country in the southeast. So, if there is anyone willing and wanting to either caravan, carpool, etc. from around here to there for some epic riding, please let me know. Best case would be a split where we could alternate driving and split costs, but would be open to any ideas really. Anyhow, open to discussion and suggestions. Feel free to sticky this if it gets any traction. Thank you and cheers.
 

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This should get a bump. Moab certainly is a worthy destination and I imagine the trip would make lasting memories for anyone who has never been there, as well as making lasting new friendships.
While I've bitched about crowds near the traditional group camp one can see that once we take off on the bikes there is rarely any congestion.
Certainly the old site allows riding directly into a national park without any waiting in lines. Few parks offer the same opportunities for back country motorcycle touring .
So who is going to let this opportunity pass them by, or instead decide to join Sthrnromr for a memorable desert southwest adventure?

 

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I can help you out with one of my spare TW's if hauling your TW is a show stopper. Unfortunately, I live a couple of miles out of your way to help out with carpooling. Last year extra TW's came in handy for some riders. If flying out is a viable alternative let us know. We've picked up riders at the airport before.
 

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Flying out and renting a van to "camp" out of, or staying at one of many hotels, motels, cabins, etc might be an option to consider.
From simple cargo to RV grade a lot is available in Salt Lake City with overlander rentals in between like :


 

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In all honesty, I would love to tow my 5th wheel and bring 2 bikes, but time/cost prohibitive for me to do solo right now. Fly in...perhaps...hmmmm
 

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I took a second TW as a loaner last year, and wasn't the only one with a Buddy Bike available.
I would offer mine but my trailer will be likely loaned out for a buddy's KLX. We may get distracted with an informal itinerary and not make Moab with a possible detour to camp out & catch the sunrise at Torroweap.
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As a rock climber I think he would appreciate the big face dropping many thousands of feet to the Colorado River's Lava Falls in the Grand Canyon. While still in the National Park it is a ridiculous number of dirt miles to get back in there and with certainly no place to buy a postcard or a T-Shirt.
 

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I still have the sugar plum visions of someday driving out to Moab with the toy hauler in tow, but I cannot make that haul of 32 hours (one way) in less than 5 days, unless I can take a giant block off from work (like a month or 6 weeks) to make the it an epic trip to many other locations as well. And I feel time creeping up on me stealthily too, I may not be able to do the type of trail riding I do right now in another 5 or more years. If I was married, I could retire, and the wife could work...hmmmmm.

It's a long haul from Connecticut for sure. And I still want to explore Colorado. And Nevada, And Utah, And----
 

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Everyone, the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to get naked and jump in the hay and let the needle find you! I've read about Moab since the mid 90's and would love to go there for a visit. Pull the trigger and try to go for a week break just to see and experience it first hand, then you'll have a better idea of what to expect and what is needed.

2 Years ago I did my first trip to Botswana, and last year took my family there, now we all know what it's about, our next trip is planned for June-July-August 2021. I'm taking my TW across the border to ride Botswana!

I would think you can even ship the TW's to Moab by rail and enjoy the clickety clack of an Amtrack/Union Pacific rail experince getting there. Make it an adventure!!!!
 

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I am trying this again. I would like to make the Moab 2020 ride, but I live across the country in the southeast. So, if there is anyone willing and wanting to either caravan, carpool, etc. from around here to there for some epic riding, please let me know. Best case would be a split where we could alternate driving and split costs, but would be open to any ideas really. Anyhow, open to discussion and suggestions. Feel free to sticky this if it gets any traction. Thank you and cheers.
Hey I’m interested and I might be able to convince a couple others. And I have a couple thoughts on the travel that I want to research but I was thinking maybe shipping the bikes out. What do you think?
 

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I don't think this is happening any longer due to the Coronapocalypse but I am up for discussing for 2021 for sure!
 

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Hi guys yes I'm still interested in the trip in Jul/Aug 2021. Need to work out the logistics of it, and maybe we need to work around the Wuhan flue problems a bit, but it's doable.
It all depends on where you want to start and where you want to go. The terrain is soft sand for the most off road, so it'll be tough going.
 

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Andre, you do not want to be in Moab in July or August. We made that mistake the first time we went. Too hot and not that much fun to ride. April / May or Sept. / Oct are better times to visit.
 

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MOAB in June, July, August, is HOT HOT HOT after 9am. It's a desert. Wearing the right safety gear would be most un-enjoyable. Spring or Fall is the best time of year. Many years ago, I have been there twice in late October for a week each time. Aside from some couple days of rain, and one day of odd cold weather, it is very pleasant 55-70 degrees. One day riding from Hazard County (9000 feet) down the upper and lower Porcupine Rim trails all the way to the River (4000 ft), the temps from 9am to 3 pm went from FREEZING our MTB asses off 32°F, up to 88°F in the red rocks leading out to the river at the end of the 21 mile trail, just HOT and sunny no wind in those ravines. Plus tack on a 7 mile pedal all the way back to our rented house in southern MOAB. What a day.
 
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