I just returned from one week of exhilarating MtnBiking adventure with which a person can be blessed. We stayed at the Riverside Oasis Camp ground, which offered stays in Cabins and an apartment. The 1st two nights were in the small, but functional Cabin. Bunk bed and twin, fridge, TV and A/C. Better than a tent and much cooler. The rest of the trip was in the Apartment, which provided all home features. Well worth the cost after a hard day of riding. Camp owners were very gracious.
Where to go? Start by buying “Rider Mel” in town. Best guide, with starting points, pointers and maps.
The trails – my God the trails. Slick Rock is where you want to spend Day 1. It will adjust you to the steep descents, vertical climbs, searing heat and altitude. It is “safer” than the other trails and ups your learning curve, and prepares your legs for the rest of the week. Day 1 was 3 hours of climbing and brake friction. Oh Lord – will I be able to ride tomorrow?
Day 2 – Porcupine Rim provides amazing sights, canyon riding on narrow ledges, ending at the base of the Colorado river. Don’t waste your money on shuttles. Drive to the top and start at the trailhead. It’s a 20-mile loop back to the base of the park entrance. Lock the bike, put your right hand out and point your thumb in the air. You’re surrounded by bikers who will always help each other. Hitch back to your car, or ride to the top and add 1 hour and 1500 feet of elevation. We rode back, just to say we did.
Day 3 – Amasa Back was my least favorite ride, especially the 2hr climb to the top. Don't go if rain is in the forecast. You cross a stream that can become a raging white water and prevent your return. The descent justified the climb. We descended for 45 minutes over shelf drops, slick rock, boulders... It does provide another kind of riding. Die hard trail for expert riders.
Soverign Hills - was our PM ride and was a tone down version of Amasa, but much more fun. We took the rode-in recommended by Rider Mel. You start from the backside and ride until you hit the long sand section. Stop, turn around and enjoy the great downhill descents.
Day 4 - Klondike Bluff, again Rider Mel's recommended start saves you wasting energy on sand roads and dusty gravel. Best easy ride up, but crazy fast descent. This is the best fun trail in Moab. At the end, lock your bike, hike 15 minutes and your at the side of Arches National Park, with a colorful view of the redrock formations. That's the teaser to get you to drive and spend the rest of the day in the Park.
Day 5 - Fruita, Colorado. 1.5hr drive and stop at the first local bike shop "Single Tracks". Mapquest the directions. The North
section contains 3-4 loops that will scare the nerves of the best riders. Vertical descents on Dippy Do Da, swooping trails on Chutes and Ladders. Mostly smooth - Your butt will appreciate the change.
Day 6 - Gemini Bridges started by driving 13 miles up the Hwy, parking at the entrance and 4 miles of gravel road descent until you reach the view point. Don't miss this sight. It is a must see. Continue descending with a final 1 mile tough climb. Ride to the Hwy, park and lock the bike. Hitch back to the car. I waited 1 minute. A nice and pretty girl gave me a lift 1/2 way back. A Harley stopped and gave me a ride the rest. Can't gaurantee the Harley, but you will get a ride.
Burro Pass in La Sal was a high altitude experience in the aspen trees. The ride to the top and experience at 11,000 ft was worth the time. A short 3 hours loop. Now your done and ready to go back home with a full list of stories and pictures.
Buy a 2.5gallon jug of water at the grocery, free refills right next door. Bring extra tubes, first aid kit, buy energy bars.
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