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Looking around online, it seems like the three main ways to handle the shuttle are:
-two cars
-shuttle for hire
-bicycle

Bicycle will be out of the running for us for a while, logistically. Two cars is not ideal for a lone couple to drive a few hours but is doable. Shuttle hire... How do you get your keys back? Any other logistical issues a n00b like me might need to know?
 

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Network and make more paddling friends so you have another carload of friends to meet at the river.
Or hitch.
 

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All good options. Thanks!

I like the 'make friends' choice over all others. :)


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I should have mentioned too, a lot of times you aren’t going to be able to give the shuttle company your keys beforehand either. You let them know where you are going to hide them, leave the money in the truck, and they’ll ask you where you want them to leave them, whether it’s in the car or under a bumper or something. Sometimes you are just calling on the way to the put-in the morning to set it up. Or say you are from Denver and River Runners is running your Lodore shuttle, not going to run over to Vernal to drop off a key.


Paying for a shuttle is usually the easiest, but also becomes the most costly which gets old quick on day trips. Sometimes you can throw an invite out on the Buzz and someone will be there too and shuttle with you. A scooter/moped/dirt bike is probably the most hassle free for a couple since you mentioned that. Don’t have to rely on other people and will pay for itself pretty quickly if you are running a lot. Shuttling is the worst part of the deal for me anyway. Multiday trips it’s almost always worth it to pay for a shuttle.
 

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For places like the Upper C, I agree with Osseous. There is a small matter of being licensed to ride. Took a weekend class at one of the riding schools, so I didn't have to do the exam at the DMV. Superslab on a small bike seems like suicide, so I simply pay a service when a busy highway is involved, same for mega-miles like Deso-Gray. You can spend a lot of time waiting with your thumb out, especially mid-week.
 

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I've been a licensed motorcyclist for 31 years. :)

The problem is we don't have a truck right now.

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I use a DRZ400- bought a hitch mount m/c carrier that has a receiver hitch off the back to attach the trailer. Love knowing my shuttle is there, no question.

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My 110 is small enough, I can put it on a rack in a hitch mount on my truck front, tho I do not recommend that during Caddis hatch. I've seen guys with pans on their trailers, and Mark at AAA will make you a rack for your raft so you can take it down river. Shuttle porn could be an interesting thread.
 

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I do a regular solo OC1 run with a bike shuttle on Alberton Gorge. 3.5 mile flat ride and 4 miles of class 3 pool drop. Sweet.
 

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My 110 is small enough, I can put it on a rack in a hitch mount on my truck front, tho I do not recommend that during Caddis hatch. I've seen guys with pans on their trailers, and Mark at AAA will make you a rack for your raft so you can take it down river. Shuttle porn could be an interesting thread.
Totally Agree With The Shuttle Porn Thread! So many HUGE adventures on SO many remote rivers and creeks are totally sketched by the lack of ways to get the truck/car down to the takeout. Seems to me that a network effort to recruit shuttle folk from mostly rural areas would be a boon to these mostly poor rural economies. Just think about it; the BUZZ could be proved useful for lending a hand repairing the desperate economy of rural places across the world. Surf is up in AZ! (from time to time).
 

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Met a guy up in Gunnison that did a bike shuttle for the fishing guides.
From Garlic Mikes to Below Play Park. He could do three laps to one fishing lap.

I'm surprised more road bikers don't do shuttles. Get paid to go for a ride.

In BV they could have people on work release from Correctional Center.

I run my own bike shuttle on Numbers or Pine Creek sometimes, not a bad ride.
 
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