Sunday, October 14, 2012

Red Dirt and Slick Rock....


Danielle's been on me to check out Moab for years now so we finally decided to hit the road and settle in for the 20 hour drive to Utah. I always have a hard time driving such a long distance to ride when there are so many big rides I still want to get done in our own back-yard. That said I realized the last time I was there was almost 10 years ago so it was time to ride some red dirt and slick rock. 


The drive through Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Utah was scenic.



First thing Saturday am we hired a ride from Coyote and headed up to ride Mag 7.  






A full day on some beautiful single-track.


Day 2 we arrived bright and early at Chile Pepper Bike shop and got some great trail advise from Tracy. When we hopped onto the Coyote Shuttle for the one hour ride to the top of the La Sals we were reminded how small a world it is. Our friends Emily and Adrian from Tyax were on the bus as well.              


After about an hour in the bus we were dropped off at around 11,400 ft and climbed to Burrow Pass to begin our massive descent of the fabled Whole Enchilada trail! The fall colours in the La Sals were spectacular....            



 The views of Moab from the Hazard County section were surreal!
 

We then joined up with the Kokopelli trail and found ourselves shredding the Porcupine Rim trail.


 

The views and exposure on the Rim were unreal!  




After about 7 hours we were atop the walls above the Colorado River and ripped the single-track all the way back to town.      


Cheers to a 60km ride and a 7000 vertical foot descent!


Day 3 I decided to take Danielle on the Slick Rock trail and show her why this place became so famous and popular amongst mountain bikers so many years ago.  




There really isn't anything else like it....    






From this vantage we got a great view on the porcupine trail we exited the previous day.  

   
Day 4 we drove home....

4 comments:

Ina said...

It's great to ride different terrain; makes you appreciate what you have in your own backyard (which are now covered in the season's first snow :-)

Pat Mulrooney said...

You got it Ina....

petrstanek said...

Prekrasne fotky a prekrasna priroda. Hlavne at nikam nespadnete. Petr.
Your mother will translate you it. :)

Pat Mulrooney said...

Thanks Petr....