Ah Moab, you've roont me.
Posted April 19, 2003 - 07:19 PM
Two words: Whoooo Hoooo!!
Couldn't get a hold of R1Superstar on his cell so my son and I did Cane Creek up to the highway and then back Friday evening while the town was on fire, crossing the creek a gazillion times. Descended on a sweet alternate route down a narrow canyon over a rickety wooden bridge. Way cool.
Saturday still getting Danny's phone message service (I was starting to think he was ditching us) so we did Gemini Bridges and veered off onto Gold Bar/Gold Spike on the return and followed its fun, technical, convoluted joy ride almost to Poison Spider mesa then retraced our steps. We had to get creative to get back across the Golden Crack (about four feet wide and four feet deep) but made it OK. Best ride of the trip. Waaaaay fun.
We finally hooked up with Blackie and R1Superstar by chance as we saw them just as we were coming out of the Pizza Hut. Did a great ride with them and R1's wife (she did awesome) over Flat pass. I see why they call it Steelbender, I don't see why they call it flat. Great ride. Thanks you guys.
Monday-Wednesday we met up with some other friends and did the mtb thing (my other passion) hitting Porcipine Rim, Klondike Bluffs, Sovereign (newish singletrack north of town), Slick Rock Trail (of course), and Amasa Back. I wanted to squeeze in a quick jaunt around Slick Rock on the WR aslo but never did.
The only problem with Moab is it makes my local trails seem dull and the local scenery mundane. Damn you Moab, I ruined.
Thanks again Blackie and R1Superstar for a great trip. Sorry we weren't able to hook up for more rides.
I still want to do the San Rafael Swell area sometime, especially the Five Miles of Hell trail. Any hardcore trail hounds out there want to join me?
Posted April 20, 2003 - 01:25 AM
By the way, Japan is the land for cool motorcycles. I've been taking lots of pictures and I'll try to post them in the future.
Kent, thanks for the summary. Sounds like you had a grand time.
Posted April 20, 2003 - 02:23 AM
I am going out there this october. The trails you described sounds about what we are hitting. How was the cell reception out there. Did you have service out in the trails or just in Moab. My cell is thru Verizon.
Were most of the trails you rode fairly managable or were some of them wicked nasty.
Posted April 20, 2003 - 03:41 AM
How were the crowds.....I had plans to be there this weekend...due to my inability to get a campsite and the feedback I've gotten from others....we postponed for a couple of weeks.
Sounds like you had a blast and I'm itchin to get there!!
Posted April 20, 2003 - 10:50 AM
Posted April 20, 2003 - 06:46 PM
There is really a wide range in trail difficulty. Gemini Bridges and Kondike Bluffs are easy dirt roads with some fun slick rock thrown in. Great views though, and definitely worth doing.
Cane Creek is pretty manageable with only one fairly difficult section. I had to ride/push my son's bike up that part, but he's a relative novice. Otherwise he did fine. I wanted to come back down Pritchett Canyon which I hear is a bit more challenging but I wasn't sure of the connector and we were running out of daylight so backtracked the way we came.
Gold Bar/Gold Spike more technical but all pretty rideable except the Golden Crack which you can work around, lift/carry through, or , if you're brave, jump (it's a little higher on on side than the other so it's doable, just a little spooky.) If you leave a vehicle at the Poison Spider trailhead or your bikes are street legal you can go clear on over to Poison Spider mesa and down without having to backtrack.
Steelbender/Flat Pass has rocky drops and steps in a few places but not bad at all. Like I said, Danny's wife, who has only been riding a short while, did just fine.
Great place. You'll enjoy it. October huh? I'll be ready to go back by then.
Posted April 20, 2003 - 07:02 PM
Have fun on your trip. You're going to love it. It WILL ruin you though.
Posted April 20, 2003 - 07:16 PM
Is FMOH that bad??!!! Am I going to have to take a winch along or what? I'm still wanting to try it. You sure you don't want to join me?
Posted April 21, 2003 - 03:04 AM
The crack on Golden Spike is really cool. We jumped it both ways last year. Going South is easy, going back is tougher but manageable. I just came up to it in wound up and cracked the throttle right at the edge. Once the front was over most of the crack, I pushed down on the front and the bike levels out. Beats winding back and forth trying to get across it. I've also dropped bikes in there parallel to the crack and gassed it and pulled the front up and out while off the bike. Not nearly as much fun.
My buddy on an XR650R, rode up the huge rock that is leaning against the crack. Took him 3 tries but he made it. I may have pictures, if I find them, I'll post it.
Glad you had fun, it's a blast out there and I'm going this coming weekend. There is a classic hot rod car show in Moab this weekend. After we ride, we have dinner, drink some beers and watch all these guys do burnouts and get tickets.
Posted April 21, 2003 - 03:57 AM
We had a blast as well. John and I are planning another trip in June sometime. May does not work for either of us. We'll keep in touch............db
P.S. John and I rode Slickrock and Poison Spider Sunday morning, (did them both well within two hours). We were leaving PSM and saw you and Tyler heading out that way just past the uranium dump site.
Posted April 21, 2003 - 06:07 PM
Too old to party like I used to, but not too old to ride.
Posted April 21, 2003 - 07:18 PM
Have a great trip! Let me know when you're doing FMOH.
Posted April 22, 2003 - 07:11 AM
Some guy on an XR400 hit the thing in 4th gear tapped out and made it pretty easy. He did almost hit the large rock on the left he was going so fast. That was on our way out. On the way back, I just launched at the same point he did but much slower and easily cleared it without casing the other side.
ColoradoXR, where are you going to be this weekend? We are heading out early Thursday morning, meeting at 6:30 at the Morrison/I-70 park and ride. We are staying in Green River at the Super 8 since Moab will be a complete zoo this weekend in town. The annual Hot Rod Car show is in town so hotels are completely booked. The trails usually aren't bad since there aren't that many of those guys that ride or jeep. We did encounter a large group of 25 rigs last year and another group of about 10 Hummers that were stuck on Poison Spider. Too wide and low for that type of terrain.
Posted April 22, 2003 - 09:32 AM
Glad you had fun out there...it's a pretty awesome place...and one that we're lucky to have so close to Denver (not that it matters to me anymore...)
Anyway, thought I'd chime in my $0.02...
Posted April 22, 2003 - 10:07 AM
First off, let me let you know I'm going with my fiance who like snowboarding picked biking up faster than any of the guys I have taught, but still isn't close to hanging at either. She's game, but can only go so fast on her TTR125. If you're riding with some beginners or ladies we should hook up. If not, you'll just be bored and I'll be pissed that I'm going so slow.
I have a buddy in Silt and we're going to stay at his place Thursday night to break up the drive. We're getting up early and I'm going to take her on Gemini Bridges. Planning on being there by about 9-10. We're going to camp somewhere out by Kane Creek on Friday night and then run that. I'll let her make the decision on whether we stay Saturday night or head back to my bud's on the way home. I'll be driving a smurf blue (don't know what else to call it) F150 with a couple Yamaha's in the back.
My cell is 3030-667-6459, but it probably won't work (T-Mobile). I know it doesn't work from Glenwood to Grand Junction, but I've never had it in Moab.
Let me know what you're driving, so I can be looking out for ya.