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Less Stuff

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Posted: 06/13/09 10:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow cool pictures!!

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument IS a very cool/hot place.

Reminded me of my 2006 trip, but I was on the Cottonwood Canyon road and took these pictures.




GROSVENOR ARCH
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THIS TRUCKER WAS LED ASTRAY BY HIS NEW COMPUTER PROGRAM. IT DID NOT KNOW COTTONWOOD CANYON WAS A DIRT ROAD????? Or so he told me.
He should have turned back he needed a giant earthmover to get him out. That tow that must have cost him a lot.
I took him into Page for help when his truck could go no farther. Then saw him again the next morning with his truck almost to the pavement. He was signing papers with the tow Co.
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By the time he got to this point he had smoked up all his cigarettes.

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Posted: 06/14/09 04:06am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great photos and comprehensive report!! Thanks for a great job done...this is one of the (few) places in the State we haven't visited as yet; it's on our to-do list [emoticon]

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Posted: 07/17/09 12:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Smoky Mountain is definitely a lonely drive. When I drove it I did not see a soul from Big Water to Hole-In-The-Rock road.

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Posted: 06/14/09 07:52am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Holy Smoky Mtn Rd! Super delux pix and great ride over the most forgotten stretch in the lower 48. You Da Man!





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Posted: 06/14/09 08:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lots of Stuff wrote:

By the time he got to this point he had smoked up all his cigarettes.


You got me with that one..... I've seen similar misadventures where people took a wrong turn, or thought they'd found a "shortcut" on their map. Or there was the time I was on the White Rim trail in Canyonlands and ran into a guy with a Camaro - how he didn't bust a hole in his oil pan was a mystery to me.

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Posted: 06/16/09 08:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Marvelous as usual. You keep posting trip reports like this and I may have to quit the wife and divorce myself from work to start my own travels.

Looking forward to the next time your traveling foot gets an itch.


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Posted: 07/17/09 04:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for taking us along. I normally don't read the truck campers forum and found it from a search. I had some waypoints and was going to do Smoky Mountain road but it never happened. I've been in remote areas NE of there on the other side of Escalante River and it reminded me of the scenery.
I once got my old pop-up trailer hung in a washed out crossing on my hitch. That was a sinking feeling. I think the BLM put in a culvert last time I was in the same area.

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Posted: 07/17/09 09:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wow that's a sad story





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I mentioned cattle ranchers earlier, and at the upper end of the road came across some of their wards. Domestic cattle aren’t very smart, but these guys are the hillbillies of the breed, and they are more curious than afraid.

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After clearing the beeves off the road so I could continue, I left the area with a promise to the cows that we’d get together sometime for dinner.


well I'm a city boy, so I'm thinking,,, how do you get the cattle off the road, just drive slowly at then and hope they move and not ram your truck.
I know that I'm not the only city boy here.
I love outdoors but never experienced this type of thing. so I would like to know how to handle the situation.


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Posted: 07/17/09 09:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It depends on what you are driving. IN a car/truck you just move along slowly and they'll get out of the way. YOu DON'T want to go at them fast or anything because the ranchers won't be happy to see the cows running in fear of the car etc. - they can get injured and potentially run off pounds/fat. ONe time we were in such a narrow cayon with the road going down the center, a cow walked in front of us a long long ways (a mile?) before it finally left the road.

On the other hand, I came face-to-face with a large bull one time, while on a dirt bike. That was a bit spooky - he was staring at me like a bullfighter. I basically had to wait him out until he got bored and left the road - there wasn't much of a way around him.

Sometimes you can get caught in a herd where the ranchers are moving them - and all you can do it sit while the herd swarms around the car until they are past...dents and poop can end up on your car. As a kid I always thought that was cool.

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Posted: 07/17/09 09:44am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

btggraphix wrote:

IN a car/truck you just move along slowly and they'll get out of the way.


That's pretty much how you do it - Like I mentioned in the post the open range variety are always a lot more curious than their cousins from the "city", and sometimes they can't seem to make heads or tails (pun intended) of what you are. Even so, keep driving at 'em nice and easy and they'll figure it out..... but be especially careful when there are calves in the herd. The little guys are VERY skittish, and more than once I've seen them jump one way when I was sure they'd go the other.


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