Day one, and we headed out to Little Creek Mesa. This was an amazing loop of mixed slick rock and sandy trail, high above the township......at times very high, and very, very close to the edge of huge drops, above the Township . It was very much..keep your eyes on the trail and it's hazards..and don't look left.....cause left was a long, long way down. Not good for a young man like me who doesn't enjoy exposure.....But an amazing, challenging ride, and performed with so much style and panache by our wonderful hosts.
Day two and we were riding Guacamole with the
"Godfather" of Hurricane Mtbing, Morgan. Morgan is a 67 year old who builds all the local tracks, and is nothing but a legend. His riding style is to glide, and this he does over all the terrain, up rock steps, down steep drops, and around huge boulders. He put all us "youngsters" in our place when it came to style and grace. Also joining us today was Phil from British Columbia. He and his wife drive down to this area (12-14hours) twice a year for 60 days of riding (its great to be a retirey on this massive continent).
Day three, and we are all a little bashed about after riding two days with these "retireys", so the plan is to go for a walk somewhere. Too bad Zion National Park is closed.......Hmmmm. Seems there is a way to walk in the back end of the park to Observation Point, that over looks Angel Landing. (Ju and I had attempted to climb Angels Landing 18 years ago, and I wimped out because of the 2000 foot of exposure...). No, of course we didn't take this option. The Park is closed. You are not allowed to enter, hike, bike or take pictures..... Got some amazing photos. Even saw one of only 200 Condors (number 99) that is not in captivity.
The other kiwis have only a couple of days left to go riding before heading back to Las Vegas and
flying home. Tomorrow we are up to Gooseberry Mesa to ride another of Morgan's creations. I am for the first time ever, going to try riding a "squishy" bike (Fred has arranged for the use of a few full suspension demo bikes to be available). I feel a little guilty about leaving my lovely Surly Karate Monkey in the garage...don't worry....it's only for one day.....