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Yardstick 05-02-2013 10:14 AM

Thrills, Spills and Chills in Moab, UT
 
Moab is one of those places we all want to go because it is so unique and picturesque in the riding world. I have been invited a few times in the past and only made it once before. Work/life/school gets in the way of meshing schedules for a trip and they get postponed over and over. For our little group of Slowred, Refokus, 4play and myself, it all finally came together in April 2013! :clap

Having been there once before I had tracks to hit the high points, like Top of the World and Onion Creek, Chicken Corners and Kane Creek, and of course, the White Rim Trail. Slowred and I were anxious to try the infamous 5 Miles of Hell trail, even though it isn't technically in Moab. Though with what happened on day 2 of riding, Slowred had his 5 Miles of Hell (and then some).

I didn't find out until we got there that Bucket Boy was in town and willing to show us around. He has lived in the area and even been a tour guide there, so I quickly deferred to him and followed along.

Riders and bikes:
Slowred - KTM 350 XCF-W
Refokus - KTM 450 EXC
4play - KTM 600 XC
Yardstick - KTM 530 EXC
Bucket Boy - KTM 250 EXC


I hitched a ride in the Slowred-mobile. My bike decided to take a nap in his driveway before loading it. It was sitting on the kickstand, on hard ground, nice and stable and then a few minutes later it was over on its right side. We hoped it wasn't a sign of things to come.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...Moab_01_01.jpg


A view of the San Francisco Peaks as we approached Flagstaff, AZ.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...Moab_01_02.jpg


Entering Utah on my little shortcut that avoids the twists, turns, hills and slow motorists in Monument Valley. :evil
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...Moab_01_03.jpg


The end of April is a very buggy time of year to cross Arizona and Utah.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...Moab_01_04.jpg


Slowred and I met up with Refokus and 4play in Flagstaff for a bite to eat, then did different gas stops on the way to Moab and finally arrived at the condo at the same time! One of these things is not like the other! One of these things could dig holes in solid rock! :lol3
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...Moab_01_05.jpg

Yardstick 05-02-2013 10:19 AM

The morning of our first day of riding in Moab, I think we all got this shot from the condo.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...Moab_02_01.jpg


Getting ready to roll.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_001.jpg


A couple of bikes needed a top-off before hitting the trails.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_002.jpg


Slowred waiting for the group.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_003.jpg


Since it was such a cool morning, Bucket Boy suggested we stay in the low-lands and do some riding on the Slickrock trail first-thing.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_004.jpg

Yardstick 05-02-2013 10:31 AM

We weren't the only ones on bikes out for a Sunday ride.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_005.jpg


4play.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_006.jpg


Refokus. I'm not sure why I couldn't hold the camera level here. :lol3
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_007.jpg


We hit a few mild obstacles and got a small taste of slickrock on the mostly sandy trail on the way in. And then we got to the first big slickrock downhill.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_008.jpg


It looked slick and greasy and got in Refokus's head.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_009.jpg


It didn't help that from the top you couldn't really see the edge you would have to drop off at the bottom.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_010.jpg

Yardstick 05-02-2013 10:41 AM

A few turns later we were on the Slickrock trail. Just follow the white lines! There is a high penalty for getting off some of them.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_011.jpg


Or follow Bucket Boy, who seems to know every inch of this place.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_012.jpg


He showed us one of the famous 4x4 obstacles just off the Slickrock trail. It didn't look so bad for a bike, but the years of grease and oil from various crawlers would probably increase the difficulty level.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_013.jpg


4play rides the spine around a pot hole on the way to an overlook area.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_014.jpg


Arches National Park in the distance.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_015.jpg


Collecting riders on the way to the overlook.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_016.jpg

Yardstick 05-02-2013 10:47 AM

More white line riding on sandstone.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_017.jpg


4play chases Refokus on the rollercoaster.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_018.jpg


http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_019.jpg


http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_020.jpg


http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_021.jpg


At the overlook we were apparently right next to Updraft Arch (according to my GPS).
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_022.jpg

Yardstick 05-02-2013 10:57 AM

Taking in the sights.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_023.jpg


Looking Northeast into Arches National Park area.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_024.jpg


And West toward Moab.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_025.jpg


And then we got back to following the white line.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_026.jpg


Refokus wheelie!
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_027.jpg

Yardstick 05-02-2013 11:02 AM

Bucket Boy went for the Kreiga/Klim catalog shot of Refokus.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_028.jpg


And then got the group shot at Shrimp Rock.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_029.jpg


Slickrock trail with the La Sal Mountains in the distance.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_030.jpg


Refokus leads the way!
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_031.jpg


http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_032.jpg

Yardstick 05-02-2013 11:05 AM

Bucket Boy and 4play at the top of the hill.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_033.jpg


Followed by Slowred.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_034.jpg


Some of the hills on the slickrock trail were steep enough that my hips touched my handlebars! :eek1 The bike WILL do it! :lol3
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_035.jpg


Refokus on his way up.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_036.jpg


And a pedal biker on the way down.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_037.jpg

Yardstick 05-02-2013 11:11 AM

This looks like you go straight over to where the guys are in the distance.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_038.jpg


But you really have to hug the severely off-camber left in the foreground and then take a right.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_039.jpg


Go up the hill a bit.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_040.jpg


Then cut hard left!
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_041.jpg


Then you're at the top.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_042.jpg


The monster TeraFlex on 4play's bike had no trouble.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_043.jpg


Those are some gigantic knobs. Check out that shadow! :eek1
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_044.jpg

Yardstick 05-02-2013 11:20 AM

Refokus lost his goggles somewhere along the Slickrock trail. We went back and hunted around a little but never did find them. They are probably somewhere near that first downhill. :doh

On our way out of the area we saw this highly modified, 4-linked 4-Runner.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_045.jpg


Bucket Boy just shy of a full-on nose wheelie.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_046.jpg


http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_047.jpg


http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_048.jpg


http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_049.jpg


As it warmed up down low we made our way up to Hideout Canyon.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_050.jpg

Yardstick 05-02-2013 11:28 AM

At a scenic pullout in Hideout Canyon.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_051.jpg


Bucket Boy entertained everyone with his snow riding abilities and by riding the world's shortest singletrack.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_052.jpg


He disappeared into the bushes.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_053.jpg


And came out about 20 feet to our right.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_054.jpg

Yardstick 05-02-2013 11:34 AM

At another scenic overlook.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_055.jpg


Bucket Boy knew this one had dinosaur tracks!
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_056.jpg


I think he said they were from a Sauropod.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_057.jpg


More tracks nearby.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_058.jpg


Tracking the reptile!
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_059.jpg


Compared to Slowred's size 12s.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_060.jpg

Yardstick 05-02-2013 11:39 AM

At an overhanging rock lookout along the road...
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_061.jpg


Slowred wanted to test that "Red Bull gives you wings" theory. :lol3
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_062.jpg


He was talked out of it and we rode on.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_063.jpg


At the west end of the Rose Garden Hill part of the trail.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_064.jpg


You drop down into the valley below and then climb the hill in the distance.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_065.jpg

Yardstick 05-02-2013 11:41 AM

It is not a friendly hill. :evil
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_066.jpg


It wouldn't be so bad if it were all dirt/sand.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_067.jpg


Or if it were all rock.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_068.jpg


It's the combination and the little ledges that make it tricky.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_069.jpg


Slowred, Bucket Boy and I made it to the top of Rose Garden Hill and then rode over to the Top of the World!
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_070.jpg


Where we almost lost Bucket Boy over the edge! :eek1
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_071.jpg

Yardstick 05-02-2013 11:47 AM

He almost looks genuinely concerned in the last one. This is the first one I took where he is pre-guffaw.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_072.jpg


There is not much out there to stand on.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_073.jpg


You can see a little piece of what he was on in this picture.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_074.jpg


4play and Refokus took the bailout at Rose Garden Hill and headed out on the Onion Creek trail way down below.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_075.jpg


Bucket Boy making everybody nervous again.
http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/o...oab_02_076.jpg


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