I knew a picture was just the thing
Wish I had taken that, I just found it on the web.
I really want to make this trip, at least part of it, I don't know if we'll go to Moab or Zion this spring, the wife is lobbying pretty hard for Zion and you know how that goes... either trip is good though.
The EarthRoamer link has some cool pictures and writeup, that's one of the ones I was looking at pretty closely. Also found this today, excellent pictures and several pages long, more geared towards mountain biking though:
I really enjoy photography as well, have since I was a kid, and would definitely be taking some pictures of this area.
Agreed that tires get punished by these types of roads. I have an extra used tire that matches my new set of Destination AT's, with about 8/32" of tread on it, I'm going to get that mounted as a spare. I need to rig up something to securely attach that one to the roof for journeys like this. Also have a 205/70/15 all season in the normal cargo area spare spot, so I have a last ditch "spare spare" if it came to that. Would not be fun to have to use that, but slightly better than a donut spare.
Ours is a 4EAT, it does pretty well with climbing up stuff. I probably should put in fresh tranny and diff fluid before a trip, I need to check when they were last changed.
Fall is a great time to visit this area, so is spring. Summer is to be avoided IMO, too hot. I once biked the Slickrock trail in June... won't do that again. We also saw 100F during Labor Day weekend several years ago, so even at the "end" of the summer it can get pretty toasty.
Thanks for the feedback, if anyone else has personal experience with the road, or even if you don't I'd love to hear from you, thanks.