Part 2: Blanding, UT to Comb Wash, UT


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The Trip

We spent the night in Devil's Canyon campground north of Blanding.  The weather moved in and it rained on us, but not for long and not that hard.  But, when we awoke the following morning the rain had produced snow at the higher peaks.

The Photos

The photos below are what we saw.

One of the peaks of the Abajo Range was visible through the trees.  The weather had left the mountain tops dusted with snow.

The group broke camp and headed into Blanding for fuel and supplies.  Then we assembled at the diesel station to meet our guide Bill Burke.

The rolling stock (L to R): Mark and Gail; Vince, Tony and Andy; Chris and Ann.

These trucks are huge and getting all of them in the same photo is a challenge.  L to R: John; Bill and Kathleen; Brad and Oksana; Mark and Gail; Vince; Tony and Andy; Chris and Ann.

Chris and Ann's U500.

Tony and Andy's U500 GVX camper.

Andy standing next to Vince's U500.

Mark and Gail's GVX camper.

Brad and Oksana's tri-level GVX camper.  They live in this rig full time.

John's U500 GVX rig.

Kathleen, our trail mistress for the day.

Rob's 2450L home-brew camper.  This is a highly capable setup.  Missing from this set of photos is our 1017A home-brew camper.

We headed through Blanding and then to the northwest to our air-down point.

The sky was cloudy and later in the day this would provide us with a muddy campsite.  Our 1017A/HiLo combination is on the left.

Due to the wide range of weights, each rig set its own tire pressure.  The orange rig was the heaviest at 31,000 pounds.  As a point of reference, our 1017 rig, Thor, is 20,000 pounds "wet" (fully loaded).  We set our tire pressure at 30 psi for the trail.

From the trail head, we rolled out into the neighboring canyons.  Note the crack in Thor's windshield; the windshield will get replaced later on this trip at Rob Pickering's  shop in La Junta, CO.

Across the canyon we could see the other rigs.

At a trail stop I got a shot of Rob's 2450 and Thor.

From our stop we got a great view of the colorful canyons in the distance.  This area is heavily populated with Anasazi ruins and we would see some of them in the coming days.

These large trucks totally filled the width of the trail.

We had several minor water crossings on this trail.

Kathleen was a bit slow on the draw with the camera, but you can still see light through the jug handle arch on the face of the peak.  Look on the right side near the top.

We arrived at an overlook point that gave us a commanding view of Comb Wash from Comb Ridge.

Looking to the south, the monocline structure of the Comb Ridge hog back is clearly visible.

On the opposite side of the Comb Wash were narrow slot canyons with plenty of indian ruins.

The group broke for lunch and a brief training session on differentials, differential locks and issues while 'wheeling.

Our path to the overlook point was a dead end.  On our return north we could see interesting alcoves in the next canyon over.  These alcoves likely held minor ruin sites, but we did not go to investigate.  In the distance are the Abajo Mountains.

We headed south to UT 93 and then west and north in the canyon to our campsite for the night.  The rain on the horizon would visit us making nice red dirt mud that would be tracked everywhere.

Devil's Canyon camp was nice and very close to Blanding.  At $10 a night, it is a bargain.  Our first trail provided great views of the canyons on the southern flanks of the Abajo Range.

Tomorrow, there would be training session on changing tires at our camp site.

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