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Be Careful What You Wish For – Telluride to Moab

July 6th, 2012

Both of us came away from our White Rim Tour in April thinking,  “What a great experience!”, but that we could do with a little more challenge.  Hmmm….

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White Rim Trail 2012

April 14th, 2012

The White Rim Trail has been on our To Do Ride list for years and we aren’t quite sure why it took so long to get to it. This route is well suited to a guided camping trip because the logistics of self- supported would be a bit of work. We took a 4 day/3 night trip with Western Spirit and had a great time. Spring can mean dicey weather in Moab, but we timed the weather perfectly. It was cold the second morning, in the mid- 30s, but otherwise the nights were pleasant and the days were in the low 80s. The WRT loops around the Grand Overlook in Canyonlands National Park, starting at 5000’, dropping to the river at 4000’ on the first day and then climbing back to generally 4500-5000 for the rest of the trip, until the last climb: up 1400’ in about 3 miles. The WRT is a jeep trail, about 80 miles long. It isn’t very technical, although there are short sections of sand, and some very steep pitches. None of the days really tired us out, but we each had to walk at least some portion of the trail, usually because of deep sand or long very steep sections.

We were doing this as a minimally planned trip, so we rented camping gear and bikes from WS. All we had to do was show up and ride. We flew from SFO to Denver, where the plane to Moab’s tiny airport (2 flights a day) was 90 minutes late. This would not have been a big problem, except that Canyonlands Airport is 20 miles from town and there are not a lot of taxis at 8:30 at night. We got lucky and the taxi company we were able to reach picked us up in about 40 minutes. That’s when we realized that getting back to the airport for the 7AM flight home might be a challenge. Since there was nothing we could do about that on the trail (no cell coverage) we decided not to worry about it and enjoy the ride.

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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. (more…)

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Mountain Bikes in the Maze

March 20th, 2006

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We joined up wtih some friends and took an organized tour of the Maze. This part of Canyonlands National Park, in Utah, is very remote. The National Park Service issues a limited number of commerical permits, so there are not too many people in the park. You are free to go in on your own, but the roads vary from “not bad dirt” to “I don’t think that Jeep is going to make it”. It’s a few hour drive from Green River, UT and there is nothing out there but natural beauty.

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Sothern Utah by Mountain Bike

September 26th, 2005

  • The clouds threatened all day. It didn't start raining until we were almost done riding for the day.

We took a 6 day mountain biking tour of Utah with Escape Adventures. This tour included Brian Head Peak, at 11,307 feet above sea level, and trails near Bryce and Zion National parks. There is no off road mountain biking in National Parks, so in the parks we hiked or cruised down the pavement. This wasn’t a point-to-point trip. Instead, we rode for a short way in the van on a couple of days to link the areas. This allowed us to cherry pick great riding and skip some dull time on ATV or jeep trails. (more…)

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