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11-04-2013, 06:18 PM
Joined: Apr 2012
Location: San Francisco
Alright.. Sorry about the delay.
Moab had been the first and last protracted stop of the trip. It felt great to stick around one spot for a few days, relax, work on the bikes, and have the time to explore. We had experienced flash floods, the most intense lightening storms I think I've ever witnessed and sampled the amazing local riding and scenery. It had been a great few days, but with Rob's flight back home to New York fast approaching it was time to start laying down some miles.
Riding west out of Moab we soon found ourselves sliding around in the red Utah silt.
It was warming up steadily and starting to get really hot. We had been hoping to get an early start out of Moab to avoid the worst of the heat. For us that meant hitting the road before 1. At least we are consistent. We kept an eye out for shade to take a break in and cool off as we rode but it was becoming more and more difficult to come by.
When we were lucky we might encounter something like this.
But most of our stops looked more like this.
We eventually found ourselves at the notorious Black Dragon Wash.
The riding was a fun mixture of loose silt, and rocky obstacles and climbs. We ran into some beautiful scenery and found some scattered petroglyphs.
We kept catching glimpses of wild horses in the surrounding desert.
Overall the riding was really enjoyable. The techy rocky climbs kept it interesting.
At times it got pretty loose.
But we plodded along moving west through the desert mile by mile working our way towards Nevada.
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