February 17th I – Utah, Day 3
Posted on February 26, 2015
|Departure||Destination||Daily Drive Time||Total Drive Time||Daily Mileage||Total Mileage|
|Moab UT||Arches + Canyonlands||2 Hours 50 min||19 Hours||86||1182|
Woke up before sunrise from an absolutely frigid night (9F low), grabbed my hydration pack and bike, and headed out onto Slickrock while David was still sleeping.
Early morning at the top of Slickrock. The trail is unique, but weird. I enjoy mountain biking because it takes me cool places and feels like an adventure. Slickrock is a nearly 11 mile long trail, but it just meanders over and around petrified sand dunes in a less than 3 square mile area. It never really goes anywhere. You follow a painted line up and down the rock (and it should be noted that the grip is unreal; you can pedal up a 45 degree slope if you trust your bike enough), but you can’t deviate from that painted line or take shortcuts, because you’ll never find it again and everything looks exactly the same. Suffice to say, not my cup of tea. Still, the views on the canyon rim are breathtaking. (Also, I stayed in that granny-gear for a good portion of this trail).