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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:43 am 
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Time to finish TRs for this trip.....

We decided to save the best trail for last to make the drive home extra bitter for those leaving on Sunday. (just kidding.... :mrgreen: )

Given that its not a long ride and takes a fair bit of time to shuttle we weren't sure if Grafton would be worth it with so much other good riding around. But everyone who had done it said differently, so on day 3 we picked Grafton over a few other options and headed east past Virgin.

We ended up having so much fun on it that we decided to revisit Grafton on Day 4 as well. Huge thanks for GP_pilot for volunteering to sit out the first lap, and also to Stang for volunteering to sit out lap 2. I'm going to post my pics from both days together so if you're wondering why it alternated between sunny and cloudy so much that might be why. We also didn't change clothes multiple times either :wink:. Others can post up pics whatever order you wish....


Unloading up top. On lap 1 GP_pilot accompanied us down to the start of the HAB, then rode back up to the van.
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Blustery and cool, but perfect riding weather
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On lap 1 it took us a little while to find the start of the singletrack as described in the comments I'd found. We eventually found it and starting backtracking to what we thought was the start, only to discover that direction laid the singletrack connector over to Gooseberry Mesa (more on that later).

Well, we didn't know what it was at first, but we soon realized we weren't going the right way
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Deno about to get turned around
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Huck it Deno!
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Kreechan burst his hucking cherry on this trip
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GP_pilot climbs over rock. There are some tricky climbs on the top section.
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Lap 1, QS checks out the line while Gman, looking all svelte sans baggy shorts, sanitizes the line to QS's liking.
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Then hits it
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And again....
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On lap 2, GP_pilot psyches himself for this same roller.
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QS, lap 2
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Looking down after Gman hits it
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GP_pilot about to discover why it took us close to 3 hrs on lap 1
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Resting at top of the HAB
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QS airs this ultra smooth huck
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GP_pilot touches down
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Kreechan on the rock slab hip roller
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Whatever you call it, its sweet (and well labelled)
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I get my turn
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Gman exits
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My zoom was not cooperating but this clip gives a good idea how this stuff flows. Follows QS from top of the HAB down to the two features pictured above



This is a fairly technical low speed huck
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Deno hit it without fear but pinch flatted hard
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QS experimented with different speeds and landing spots


GP_pilot enters the double roller
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Kreechan on the lower roller
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Deno crests the lower roller
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QS


My turn, thanks to QS for the pics of me
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QS didn't pioneer this line, but few had done it before
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Rock hunters
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Giving new meaning to the term hardwood
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This small huck took Kreechan out on lap 2
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Three lines here - the P line around it, the roller line Deno shows us here
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Or the huck line QS takes here
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Kreechan is seen rolling it from the other angle
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Interesting choice of material to line a trail with
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Always a nice backdrop
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QS hits nice hip jump to slab
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After 3 tries he has it down


QS enters the sketchy drop in to Grafton
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And rides it through nicely
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Deno follows through
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Kreechan goes down on this same sketchy section, picking up a leg full of cactus in exchange for a new dent in his camera. Doesn't sound like a fair trade to me!
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GP_pilot is first to follow after Kreechan
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My turn
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QS, lap 2


A look at what was sketching us out. Not so bad but its chunky and there is penalty for failure
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QS, all smiles
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GP_pilot moves on
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QS hit up this ledge drop, which puts you on a trajectory straight over the side if you mess up
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Fortunately we've had lots of chunk time prior to this trip for preparation
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So now sections like this don't seem so bad
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Kreechan without hesitation
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QS motors along
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My turn....
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Into rock roll
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Into rock roll #2
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GP_pilot on exit chute
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QS rolls up intending to take an alternate line
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Which he does with debatable success
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Deno goes on ahead. You can see the trail far below heading left on a ridgeline
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You can also see the van far far below
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QS cleans the rock slab hip-gap, lap 1
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And comes back for more on lap 2. Cases the first try


But does better on the second
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(my camera dies here on lap 1 so all the other pics are from lap 2)

Leading the charge
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GP_pilot and Gman in pursuit
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Kreechan tries the ridgetop line he missed on lap 1
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Deno takes the high line
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GP_pilot hits the upper huck...so smooth
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Deno rounds the corner. The huck QS was hitting airs over the spot where Deno is right now.
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Cue QS....Hang time
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QS stands on the top of the right-side tranny for a road gap you saw in one of the NWD movies.
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Nice hip jump
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Deno looking fast & low
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GP_pilot looking fast and loving this line
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QS follows him in. I like how the background is a bit out of focus while rider looks sharp
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This spot is a huge playground with lines everywhere
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Looking down over a ridgeline is the van parked near this small cemetary
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QS prepares to hit a cliff drop
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There were a couple false starts as wind gusts would come up unexpectedly.
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Remember that bush by his front wheel when you see the pics from below...that marks point of takeoff
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From below...taking another look
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And action!
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Loading up the van. Next stop...lunch!
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If you want to ride Grafton just be prepared for a rough drive up. Any car should be fine, but you'll get bounced around a bit. Gil and I found our beers had been shaken so much the caps loosened and they half emptied in the cooler. We also lost a bag of camp chairs that bounced off the back of the trailer. Contact GP_pilot if anyone finds a black duffel bag on the Grafton road :lol: .

We were fortunate with weather on this trip, aside from some wind. A heavy downpour hastens our exit from Utah. But, we'll definitely be back....And yes, BKJ, Dennis, Wirk & James, you definitely missed out!

Thanks to everyone for making this a killer trip!

We got in a lot of riding in 4 days, only to be humbled hearing about epics the locals throw down. Dave at OTE shop did a ride earlier this year from the shop up Goulds rim, over to and around Little Cr, over to & around Gooseberry Mesa, across to Grafton, down Grafton, across to Rockville bench, back toward town, then JEM & Hurricane Rim. On a rigid singlespeed I believe. Just be careful what shop rides you sign up for when visiting!


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Was I the only one that thought that cemetery was some kind of pump/jump track?..haha :lol:


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That looks like a killer trail!!

:crying: Okay, I fully regret not staying now!!! :crying:

But that just means something to look forward to the next time! I will bring both bikes so that I can have a bike that eats chunk. :domo:

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Another great TR. If I ever want to get over my fear of flying, I see that QS is the man to speak to.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:05 am 
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Was I the only one that thought that cemetery was some kind of pump/jump track?..haha :lol:

Funny you mention that...QS said the same thing. Only I don't think the folks visiting it (usually there were a few there) would look at it quite the same way :lol:


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QS coming in nose heavy with full fork compression (on Fox Vanilla no less) and a fully compressed tire. Hard to tell if the rim is also deforming or the reflection of the deflected tire.


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QS coming in nose heavy with full fork compression (on Fox Vanilla no less) and a fully compressed tire. Hard to tell if the rim is also deforming or the reflection of the deflected tire.


The tire is digging into the dirt, not deforming much. But yeah, we were trying to come off that nose heavy as it was actually a smoother landing than hitting with wheels even or back wheel first. Front wheel was landing on the smooth rock where QS's rr wheel is about to hit in the pic.


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That's gotta be the most compressed I've ever seen my fork. I know it gets like that on a daily basis but I never get to see it!

Thanks a million to everyone who took all these awesome pictures. I loved this trip.

P.S. Evan - the larger drop that you originally found just left of the drop I did (Sean is actually standing just above it calling the wind in some of the pics) is called Coke Drop. Stil never found out a name for the drop in the pics... but Coke Drop is on the list for next time!


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I would do (just about) anything for a seat in that van on the next trip! What a killer looking trail! The pics are just incredible. I must ride this trail. Thanks for sharing and great display of skills to all! :thumbsup:


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Like always thanks for sharing pics & vids.

I thought this was a pump track at first glance.

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Are the rest of you guys gonna throw pics up? G-Man, let's see the vids....


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