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  •  This road? Looks dangerous in monsoon season. (3+ / 0-)
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    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:38:08 PM PDT

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    •  ah yes, the infamous dugway... (2+ / 0-)
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      I never tackled it during the monsoon but did manage to skirt up its steep incline during a light snow (which somehow gave the 15-pax Ford van better traction (although the Elderhostlers with me were rather skirmish in their seats...ha). And I have seen videos of this road, both fair and clement weather, and now I have this one to scare folks with (well, not really). I take it you were behind the lens??? Thanks for posting, FishOutofWater. Come the monsoon season this year I expect to see another video with you going up or down the Moqui hell bent for leather. Nothing less'll do.

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:46:14 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, that one! Going down is scarier... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...even going up, you can see how abruptly quick, steep, and deep the dropoff is off the downhill side of the road - there isn't even any shoulder between the road-edge and dropoff.  And that 18-wheel trucker going shown driving down the dropoff on Ut-261 was absolutely insane to do that - I'm not sure it's even legal for trucks like that to go on the dropoff part of that route. Even though I understand the motivation to save the extra 40 miles longer to go around via Ut-95/191/163, it won't do the trucker nor any cars he forces off the edge any good to fall off and get killed.

      •  that incident... (1+ / 0-)
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        of the trucker. . .not as rare as you'd think. I never met one coming up or down, but I have heard from others how they got the mess scared out of 'em when encountering such beats. But the road is open to any and all who can negotiate. So far as I know, there's never been an 18-wheeler going over the side, or pushing others in such a direction, though I am pretty sure folks stop when the trucks pass and pray to the saints the debris in the dust doesn't launch small pebbles that are bound to break a car's windows. Ergo, never follow too close; given those big rigs a long leadway, and understand coming down that way (from Natural Bridges) also cuts off mileage, though it's sure as hell hard on the brakes. Of course, those dudes use the Jake break all the way down. Rather noisy, that. Great video FishOutofWater sent. That's a keeper. I'm ready for someone sending me one while driving in a monsoon! Or snowstorm!

        Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

        by richholtzin on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 04:15:22 PM PDT

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