We woke at the Rabbit Valley campsite. It was very windy, and very cold...not conducive to going riding, so packed up and headed towards the sun and warmth of the desert and Moab. What a fantastic drive, as we hit the canyons of the Colorado River. Incredible red walls, massive spires, stunning peaks...reminded me so much of our Grand Canyon trip two years ago.
Found the kiwis camped at a RV Park, found a campsite for us at Kens Lake, and made plans to meet the others at Amasa Back Trailhead tomorrow.
Amasa Back trail is a popular Mtb and 4WD route. We meet a couple of groups of 4WDers. Man they are crazy. Incredibly talented drivers, on very scary
4WD Jeep roads, ( that we struggled to ride on)climbing up, down and over huge boulders, massive drops, and incredible climbs. Amazing to watch. I would not feel very comfortable as a passenger in these vehicles, but many had the whole family aboard, including kids....often not even belted in.....
As for the biking.....amazing. Some really technical bits, up and down, amazing views (some just a little scary for me....Just a little too close to very big drops), great variety, and loads of fun. The "out" section finished on some real fun "slickrock" at a cool rock "sinkhole/archway thingy", high above the Colorado. We all climbed up through the archway/hole...not on our bikes, and took photos.....and then on the way out I slipped and landed on my already bruised hip...owww!
The "back" section included a new loop called Ahab. This was single track like no other we had been on. Lots of rocky climbs, ledges, drop offs and steps. Great fun, great challenge, but very tiring. At the halfway point Ju and I decided to drop back to the 4WD track, and meet the rest of the team back at the trailhead. Great day. Thanks Graham. Well lead, well planned, and we really appreciate that you had already ridden most of
this route, so were doing all again just for us.
Lovely meal with the guys at the RV camp, but the whole day was slightly tainted when we returned to our campsite to find someone had nicked our site.......
Day 2 and out to the Slick Rock Trails. We had been here 18 years ago, but that in no way took away the challenge and fun of being here again. This must be one of the "funnest" (is that even a word?) mtb places in the world. The loop is definitely not easy. I would doubt that any but the most skilled and talented riders could ride the complete loop cleanly, but it is so much fun trying.... Some hugely steep sections, up and down, but the grip you get on the rock is phenomenal. Even riding around a slope, the rubber just seems to stick to the rock. What an amazing day. Where can we find something like this in NZ? We can't, so you'll have to come here and try it. You will not be disappointed.
There's at least three more days great riding yet to do here...... Personally, I can't get enough.......