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RV Days 24 - 25

Moab Utah

Moab is considered the Mountain bike capital of the world, so we clearly needed to organise a ride since we ended up staying for 9 nights and our good friend Cappy visited from Albuquerque with a couple of bikes, Specialised Camper and Fat Boy.

Our first ride was on the Moab brand trails, about 15 minutes drive North of Moab. The trail here are mainly beginner and intermediate so after arranging rental bikes for Ronnie and Alyssa, we headed to the tracks. Here we alternated some rides with Alyssa. We rode several of the bike trails that have different levels of riding in just a few miles. We all enjoyed them immensely. In fact Ronnie would have ridden more if not for a minor crash and cut knee.

On 25th April, Cappy and I ventured to Slickrock, perhaps the most popular mountain bike trail in the world, boasting over 100,000 visitors per year.

The word "slickrock" was derived from early settlers whose metal-shod horses found the expanses of barren rock slick to cross. Mountain bikers find just the opposite is true because the naked sandstone is as "slick" as coarse sandpaper. This unique medium is perfect for traction and allows the steep inclines and declines to be handled with relevant confidence. It is actually quite amazing how much traction your bike can achieve when ridden across an almost 45 degree angle. It takes some confidence before allowing the bike to direct you. The trail is well over 9 miles in length and our ride took about 2 1/2 hours. The time is required for a couple of reasons. Firstly, there is a lot of ascents and descents and your elevation is over 4,000 feet so your lungs notice this combination. Secondly, the views are amazing. Constantly are you looking into canyons and Arches National Park with the snow capped La Sal Mountains always in the background.

In hindsight, it would have been great to have hired the bikes for the duration of our stay and gone riding every afternoon. But this might be something Ronnie and I can do on another adventure.
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Posted by V3USA 18:56

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