It was by all means the "Spring Training Camp" for this camper.
70+ miles and 15 + hours in 3.5 days. Yea, it kicked me in the hiney. Bailed out on a loop or 2 at the end of a couple of days, but in the end survived, and it seems to have re-awoken what little "bike racer" I ever had in my system. I have a hint of being able to pedal in anger again for the first time in well over a year. Feels pretty damn good.
Hit a few new trails this time, rounding out the area bit more. Quite the trail variety out there to sample, plenty to keep a strong group occupied for at least 4-5 days, no problem.
|Ladder Bridge on Flume Trail|
|My, ain't it purdy up here - J Boy Trail - Red Fleet Area|
|J-Boy Trail. No Left Turn|
Everything from semi-alpine/aspen grove rides, to technical desert ledges to twisty, smooth NARROW single track. It has a bit of it all. even a nonsensical shuttle/hke-a-bike/seriously chunk "downhill" run or two. THAT little ride up & down Red Mountain was a ripper.
|Red Mountain . Yep, Carry Bike up that..... ("Trail" visible....)|
Moab is Great, more new trails. Fruita ROCKS. Gooseberry is Stellar. But I've got a bit of a thing for Vernal now. Maybe not EVERY year, but it deserves a spot in the Utah "MTB Honor Roll". It's the kind of place you just want to keep riding in. Even after the sun goes down.
|Night Riding From Camp - Jazz ChromeMolly Trail|
Guest Photography by Sean Buckman. Great work.