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Old 04-21-2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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Moab to Flaming Gorge

Howdy Folks,

My bride of 25 years has her heart set on us driving from Moab up US191 to Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. On paper it looks easy enough but I thought I'd ask and see if anyone has done it recently. Huge grades? Terrible road surface? Aliens?

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Old 04-21-2013, 06:12 PM   #2
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That is the way to go. CO 139 from Grand Junction to Rangely has some stretches with steep grades, hairpin turns and parts where the road width is about a lane and a half. However the there are some grades and tight turns between Vernal and the Gorge. It's doable, traffic is light, roads are good and speeds are low. But for a Floridian, it might be a new experience!
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:24 PM   #3
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Thanks Mojo. I suspect we will tackle it. Hard to believe but I have racked up quite a few miles in the West and have learned to go easy and, when in doubt, ask for opinions.

Now UT12 from Bryce to Capitol Reef -- that was an adventure!

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Did this climb a few years back. I was VERY surprised at how l-o-n-g the climb was. Not toooooo steep in most places, but it was just constant climbing. It seemed never-ending at slow speeds. Some RVs on the climb were down to 20mph in some spots. My family did this climb back in the 80's and for the life of us we didn't remember it being NEARLY that much of a climb. We filmed it this last time as we did it, we called the disc "Riding the Grade!!!" ha ha...

It's doable...just make sure your cooling system is up to the task. Long slow climbs can be torture on a cooling system.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:50 AM   #5
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I took my 31-footer from the gorge to Moab a few years ago. That trip was instrumental in my switching from the old-style Reese dual-cam to a Hensley.

Beautiful trip.

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Hey Mike, when you make the run, please report on the route and the experience. We would also love to see pictures.

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We did 191 going south in 2010, here is a link to our blog-

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The next day is from Vernal to Moab. It was a bunch of up/down and tight turns. I will give you a heads up that the pull north from Vernal will be a looooong up hill.
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Flaming Gorge, 8% grade, Vernal, UT
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Another worthwhile stop north of the Gorge is Fort Bridger. Labor day weekend they hold the Mountain Man Rendezvous which brings in hundreds of vendors and fur traders that reenact the trade gatherings that occurred in the early 1800's. It's quite a show!
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I believe this is the Indian Canyon stretch? We've done it a few times. Very scenic, not much traffic. One sort-of high-ish pass near Price, UT.
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If you have been on Highway 12, this will not be a problem... I can't speak about the aliens. I have been sworn to silence.

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