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Moab 2007

August 17th, 2007

The only major biking stop on our Work is Over Rated Tour 2007 was Moab, UT. Moab is famous for its mountain biking opportunities. We have been to the area twice before, but never had the chance to ride the trails in and around Moab. Generally, the riding is on jeep trails, rocky single track or slickrock. Unfortunately, we found that Moab doesn’t really fit our style of riding. Jeep trails are fine, but many trails are best done as point-to-point rides, using a shuttle to get there. We didn’t want to do this, so that ruled out a bunch of trails. We don’t ride many rocky areas, and we ride hard tail mountain bikes, so the rocky single track was at the limit of our abilities and very uncomfortable to ride. Slickrock is anything but slick – it is like riding on 120 grit sandpaper. This is plenty of traction so you can go pretty fast. It also gives the rider the chance to do jumps off of ledges. We don’t do that very much either.

The first day, we rode the Klondike Bluffs & Baby Steps trails, but we got a late start, so it was very hot. We found out later that we had ridden the loop backwards – a couple of locals were very surprised that we rode up the technical part. We probably would have enjoyed it more if we’d gone up the easy part and down the hard part. The second ride was part of Sovereign Trail. This was a rocky single track ride that was hard, but a good bit of fun. Because of her crashes earlier in the summer, Veronica was understandably cautious, so she ended up walking some of the steeper parts. Even so, an awkward stop caused her to bang up her knee, so she skipped riding on the last day. Having fought the hot rocky low lands (4,500 feet above see level), for our third ride we drove up into the La Sal Mountains to ride some forested single track in cooler temperatures. We had to deal with a bridge outage that kept us from the trail we wanted, but we eventually got riding. The trail head was about 9,500 feet above sea level. The trail was very narrow and steep in spots, but much more to our liking. Unfortunately, neither of us are used to the thin air that high up, so we cut that ride short because we were tired of gasping for breath. The last ride we did was Gemini Bridges. This is a point-to-point (mostly) downhill on a jeep trail. Veronica was taking the day off, so she dropped Thom at the trail-head and drove around to the bottom. In keeping with how the rest of the Moab trip had gone, Veronica missed out on the ride that was most like what we usually do, except with much better views. The GB Trail goes by a pair of small natural bridges and provides some classic Moab red rock scenery.

The high point of the Moab stop was definitely staying at Sorrel River Ranch. The ranch is in a place called Castle Valley. The natural rock formations are striking as we spent a fair bit of time just looking out the window at the views. The photo links to our mini-gallery of Moab.

  • The view of Castle Valley from Sorrel River Ranch.

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