Lake Powell by ADV
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Things improved for us during the comparison test between the 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer and BMW R1200GS. We headed out for a long day of riding evaluation with fewer stops for photos and video to allow us a better chance to sort out these two beasts. The goal was to find some more water, this time as a swimming destination rather than a bone-soaking deluge. Booting up the laptop and Google Earth revealed a route called the Hole in the Rock road. This 50-mile dirt drive was a one-way in and one-way out, but the Interweb promised an amazing trip. I donned my Rev'it! Defender GTX jacket
and Defender GTX pants
and off we went.
We pitted in Escalante for a quick bite and top off the tanks before trading tarmac for gravel. I asked a ranger for some advice about the road but he had no idea. The next truck in line at the pumps was a Toyota Tacoma of Ricki Brown who operates La Luz Desert Retreat
. We struck up a conversation with the older gentleman, offered him an ice cream sandwich and wound up getting directions to what he described as “the best road in America.”
In the spirit of adventure we decided to take the local’s recommendation and head out on a different unknown path. What transpired was a 70-mile kicking of ass! We couldn’t stop whooping in our helmets and jabbering from one corner to the next with our Sena Bluetooth headsets. From sand washes to plateaus and then dropping down ragged cliffs to a moonscape before tapping into a couple miles of highway and riding right onto the sandy beaches of Lake Powell. Not only did the road exceed our expectations, but we were able to create a long loop instead of backtracking like our original plan would have required. This was what Adventure Touring is about.
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