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Old 11-25-2010, 01:25 AM   #31
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Re: Trip Report: Moab and White Rim Trail

Finally got those photos of the drop off the north side of Murphy Hogback.





It might have been helpful to stack up some of those rocks before driving off the ledge.
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:28 AM   #32
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Finally got those photos of the drop off the north side of Murphy Hogback.
Wow, that's a great photo! It's often hard to convey in a photo, but with your photo I know how that feels!

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Old 11-26-2010, 12:57 PM   #33
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Did you drag your tail end
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Old 11-26-2010, 11:46 PM   #34
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No, no problems with the long tail. The problems here were the loose rock, steep drop, and the angled ledge. It's hard to see from the photos, but the right rear dropped off the ledge well before the left rear. When this happened, it threw the whole van to the right. I had decided before heading down that I had no chance of stopping until I was off the loose rock and back onto the road, so I let it roll out (1st gear 4-low). Once the left rear dropped off the ledge, everything settled back down and we continued down the hill.

Going up something like this, the weight and power just seem to chug away and grind through it. Going down a loose, steep, exposed, bumpy drop in a 10,000 lb van is a different story.
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Old 11-27-2010, 09:34 PM   #35
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Yes your heart skips a beat when you feel it slide hate it when it happens but feel victory after the fact
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:26 PM   #36
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Surviving those little out of control moments helps make me feel I'm alive. That said, I'd rather have them on a mountain bike than in the van...
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