UTAH 2013 // UTBDR

UTAH 2013 // UTBDR

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This year I was fortunate enough to go on a long ride with a couple of ADV legends.. Mark “BigDog” Sampson and Scott “Dingweed” Stevenson.. these guys have ridden their WR250Rs from Mexico to Dead Horse, Alaska and back. But even more important than that, they are super great humble men I enjoy riding with… and hearing their epic stories! We decided to ride the Utah Backcountry Discovery Route, known as the UTBDR!

The plan was to trailer out to Cortez, Colorado to park the BigDog’s Mercedes at a buddy Jeff’s house.. then ride the UTBDR. Well.. here’s how it all went down… You can also read our ADVrider.com Ride Report.

Day 1 & before…

First and foremost.. I had to get out to Cortez, CO.. so I called a cab:

and look who answered the call.. BigDog and “Mercedes”….

We headed to LittleBigDog’s house for the night then.. all day driving out of KS to CO… well some of us drove

We got to Jeff’s in a manageable hour and were instantly treated with down-home hospitality.. it was awesome!!! We got to bed and geared up in the morning… stopped for gas and had to fight a pump for what seemed like hours, or maybe it was the fact we were ready to ride!!

Finally.. we were headed for our route..

Which meant…. off the tarmac!! Time to let it hang out….

And Bud was happy! Why you ask… cuz I have come to believe Bud was born on a KTM.. I just know it. He’s smiling from ear to ear under that visor!

We saw sooo many wild horses during this stretch.. in fact, one herd nearly took Bud out.. I saw the dust cloud to my right as I passed them, then in my mirror I saw it cross the road just as Bud & Dingweed were entering… I thought “OH NO!!! Stampede !!” But ….. as I kept watching.. thru the cloud of dust, I saw headlights.. and my buddies made it..shew!

Jeff keep’n his eye out on those varmets..

BigDog telling a story about something.. I can’t remember all the stories I heard on this trip.. it was awesome! I spent a good 20 hrs listening to BigDog tell stories or snore.. I really enjoy every single one of them.. and got to hear a few colorful twists from his son when we stayed at his place. Don’t worry BigDog, your secrets are safe with me!

Utah beginning to surface for us….

Even the tarmac is good out here!

Headed towards Valley of the Gods….

Reaching Valley of the Gods… it was awesome!

The weather was perfect.. and we were having a blast.. easy riding but wonderful views…

It don’t matter how many times you see photos from the same awesome places.. they are always good!

We powered up the Moki Dugway.. headed to Muley Point..

We found the most perfect camp spot in the whole entire world.. right here.. not another person around! After setting up camp we had a nice hot meal and shared stories until it was time to call it a day!

This was a typical sight at camp… seems BigDog and Dingweed were setup and ready to eat before Bud & I.. but I think they’ve had some practice! They were a well oiled machine, partners in everything they did.. I don’t know how they live apart really… 😀 It’s a huge blessing to find a riding buddy you can get so close to and enjoy ever second of the day with no matter the situation. I bet if they both followed each other off a cliff they’d be “Wahooooo”‘n all the way down! hahaha!

Lot’s of stories..and laughter that night..

BigDog or Dingweed always had hot water ready for me..

The views were endless..

but it was time to close our eyes.. and look forward to tomorrow.


Day 1 Video

Day 2 next…

  • Rob Green
    Posted at 21:10h, 02 November Reply

    Well put together I really enjoyed your story. The pictures were great and the video really gives an idea what the riding is like. I hope to do the utbdr next summer. I did the wbdr last july and really enjoyed it but desert scenery on your trip is what I want to experience.
    Thanks for posting your ride.

    • Basher
      Posted at 22:33h, 02 November Reply

      Hey Rob.. yes the UTBDR needs to be on your list! It has awesome scenery and was a lot of fun. Just be prepared to ride some sand!! I couldn’t believe how hot it got on a few days we rode it that late in the season.. getting up in the mountains cooled things of fast!

      I’m hoping to get another BDR ride in next year.. just not sure which one. Be safe and keep me posted..

  • Matt Mustain
    Posted at 00:00h, 08 December Reply

    Hey Bill! Very good post on your ride, looks like y’all had a good time and some very nice scenery! I’m considering the COBDR next summer, just can’t decide between the TW and the Versys 😀

    Hope things are going well up there!

    • Basher
      Posted at 20:32h, 08 December Reply

      Hey Matt! Glad to hear from you.. and I know the Versys is treating you very well!! The COBDR will be my next ride I think.. it will be on my WR250R for sure.. there’s some technical spots on it.. but I guess you could route around it if you took the Versys. But for me, it’d be the TW!

      You could do a great tarmac route to in CO if you wanted to go 2up with your girlfriend.. all the roads are just awesome out there!

      Take care and have a Merry Christmas!!

      • Matt Mustain
        Posted at 20:59h, 16 December Reply

        Sorry for the late reply….started planning my CO trip for this summer last night. It’ll be on the Versys, and will combine parts of the COBDR with other roads that I’m just interested in exploring. I’m going to attempt some technical stuff in Black Bear Pass and a few other tough spots so we’ll see how that goes! Going to do Black Canyon, Million Dollar Hwy, Pikes Peak and a few other spots that I’ve never done. Looks like I should ride a good part of southern CO west of I-25.

        Hope all is well with you and the family! Merry Christmas to you too!

        • Basher
          Posted at 23:37h, 17 December Reply

          Hey Matt… I can’t wait to see your ride report after your trip, you have to keep me posted!! It’s great riding out there and you’ll have a blast, just enjoy every second!

          Merry Christmas to you and your family too buddy! God Bless

  • Kevin Murphy
    Posted at 04:50h, 16 August Reply

    Great ride report, really enjoyed it. Photo’s and video are great. I have had a WR250R for a couple of years but only ride it on day trips in the bush around my area in South Australia and am amazed at how far and where people ride these great bikes.

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