Moab Ride Report - Woo-hoo!!

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Postby E-Ticket » Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:19 pm

Then we hit our first really steep downhill .... was a little puckery just looking at it.
But you would just put in 1st or 2nd gear, stand up, and just roll down it. No biggie at all due to the phenomenal traction.
But it does take a while to wrap your mind around it. <LOL>

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There's a good 30' quite steep descent between me and the crew right there ... and you can see the little white dot trail markers ... just dis-s-a-p-e-a-ring over the edge. ah-hh--oooh... :shock:

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But once again, no biggie! Just remember to stop at the appropriate point. <g>

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Postby E-Ticket » Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:26 pm

This is the extent of a "severe warning" turn on the Slickrock. This is an arcing turn on top of a big, huge round boulder.
And not there are no guardrails or other warnings... this is it.
This is NOT a place for beginners, nervous nellies, or not having your bike in top operating condition!!

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'Cause if you don't make the turn -- you go right down a big, *very* steep slope:

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Which leads directly to a *big* drop to a very hard stop in the canyon bottom. oof.

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Once again, pictures just can't do justice to the exposures, ledges, drops, and angle of descents.
Here's the long view of where I stopped to take the preceding pictures:

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Postby E-Ticket » Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:37 pm

We completed the Practice Loop without any real drama... woo-hoo! :ride

So we started out on the Main Loop. Pierre was riding point and only about 5 turns into the Main Loop we hit this ultra-tight switchback on a very steep, dropping turn.

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Pierre rode down and couldn't make the turn without thinking about just how short life actually was. :shock:
And so he wisely stopped and re-evaluated. [Note: I was so worried and tense I forgot to take pictures until after Pierre had managed to turn his bike around. About 4' feet behind him, the edge rolls right off into a 25' sheer drop to, but of course, rock. .... the rest of us did not make the descent.]

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Pierre making sure his line was good and getting ready to make the ascent back up:

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But once he gathered himself and started... he just rolled right back up the face.
I was glad he was back with us. I let out a big "whoosh" of breath after he got back on top with us.

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We sat there for a while and tried to figure out how to cut across the line and just do a straighter drop to the trail below.
But after watching this mountian biker having to do an almost trials-type turn ...and do everything *just* right ... we came to the conclusion that "...hey, I think we've learned enough for today ...what do you say we leave the Main Trail for another day?"

Which passed unanimously. :D
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Postby E-Ticket » Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:44 pm

Shortly after that, we hit the Exit point for the Practice Loop ... so we did the Loop backwards!
More way fun - and yes, things are different going the other way. So it was still way worth doing.

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Here's some videos of the troops rolling back through the big bowl area.
(Sorry about the quality at the end - I forgot that the zoom is only a digital zoom and resolution really suffers.)

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The regroup at the end of the Practice Loop:'

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One happy camper!

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Postby E-Ticket » Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:49 pm

We then decided to head off on the "Fins-n-Things" trail which was just down the road a 1/4 mile.

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And shock of all shocks ... more stunning views:

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Check out the giant lady's legs sticking out of the rock:

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Postby E-Ticket » Thu Nov 06, 2008 1:56 pm

The Fins-n-Things trail is primarily a jeep trail on the spines of the big slickrock hills.
You would thing a jeep trail would be a bit pedestrian or boring.... NOT SO!

Because everything here was on a huge scale - bigger downhills, bigger uphills, just bigger. It was a trip!

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The pictures don't do justice to how big of a descent and ascent back up the far plateua it was.... very trippy.
You can get some of the idea of the scale by looking at the size of the rider versus the rock they're riding on.

And no way would I do it in a jeep! That would be just a bit edgy I think. <LOL>

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Here's a great video of Pierre dropping into a big downhill:

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And the distance to the ridge next to us ... which is the next leg of the trail. Big country, eh!
And remember, this is virtually ALL rock that you are looking at.

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Postby E-Ticket » Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:03 pm

The Fins-n-Things trail kept heading out further and further and turned into a mix of slick/big rock and connecting sand washes and an occasional dirt road:

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Everybody just had a stoopid, silly grin pasted on their faces all day long:

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Pierre and Jennifer were the only ones brave enough to try this *really* steep face.
We found out later that the jeeps would typically come "down" it.

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And the big jaw-dropper views just kept coming:

Tectonic "plates"....?
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We called this one Big Robot Rock:

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Postby E-Ticket » Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:09 pm

We ran into a bunch of steep sets of stair-step ledges going around the bigger rocks.
But unfortunately I didn't get any pics! Probably 'cause I was too busy hanging on and focused on getting through. <grin>

We then came to a great overlook and took a refueling/rest break:

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Pierre wondering how he was going to get back up after jumping down on a ledge. Too funny...

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"Hainifer" chilling out and listening to Mother Earth for a while:

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Jennifer and Pierre:

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Susan saying, "I want go over there next!"

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Postby E-Ticket » Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:13 pm

It started getting late in the day, so we bopped out to the main road and started heading back to the trailhead.
And the crazy rocks just kept coming:

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The conga line:

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Pierre getting a well-earned rest after leading most of the day:

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Airing out the equipment - nary any mud in sight. :lol:

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And an awesome sunset to cap the day off:

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Postby E-Ticket » Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:18 pm

The next morning we swung by Poison Spider Bicycles to pick some t-shirts, etc. before heading out.

We highly recommend Poison Spider Bicycles to pick up your trail maps and any last-minute advice for the area.
They were extrememly helpful and friendly! This is the mural on the side of their shop:

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And Susan and Jennifer started mugging for the cameras. What divas.... <grin>

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Typical "riot gurrls" showing proper respect:

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Susan not realizing that she is about to become part of the food chain:

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Man... what a fracking awesome trip!! I can't wait to go back again!
Here's the slideshow with all pics: http://s485.photobucket.com/albums/rr21 ... =slideshow

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Postby E-Ticket » Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:27 pm

One final note....

After all the "dangerous/exposed" riding that we did - nothing really happened at all. A couple of tip-overs, a small crash here and there.

It was the drive back home to Portland, OR just about turned us into "semi paste"...!!

We were driving up Hwy 6 towards Spanish Fork on a 4-lane section of the highway and were passing a semi that was hauling a** (think the movie "Duel"). He was doing about 65 mph *uphill* into a *sharp* 55 mph left-hand corner. Which was where I decided to pass him... of course. We we're pasing him in the left-hand lane and were just alongside of him when we saw a huge semi barrelling downhill around the corner right us. He was going *way* too fast and careening out of control -- and ALL of his left wheels were over the yellow line and looking like he was going to tip over and smash right into us! :shock:

Thank goodness for my experience with racing Pro-Rally cars! On reflex, I 'Swedish-flicked' the Scooby the necessary 8" over to the right and he *just* missed us. And luckily the resultant dirt-bike trailer "whip" didn't contact the crazy semi guy directly to our right. Man, it couldn't have been more than inches on either side. "aiyeeee"

Shoot! That made the Slick-Rock look at lot more safer!

Remember, it isn't a successful trip until you get home under your own power. Cheers! E-Ticket
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Postby davek » Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:30 pm

Woof! You guys packed a lot in, in just two days. Woof, woof!

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Postby E-Ticket » Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:47 pm

davek wrote:Woof! You guys packed a lot in, in just two days. Woof, woof!


Yah... This is our patented method on making 48 hours seem like a week. <grin>

It was way too much fun! E-Ticket
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Postby jones » Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:16 am

Wow, great pics and report, I wanted to go there this year but it didn't happen, next year definitely, hopefully this spring. Looks awesome. Cant wait.

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Postby Tawmass » Sun Nov 09, 2008 3:24 pm

Cool report and pix, Randy! I sure hope Susan is okay after getting hit in the head by the UFO!

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