Travis the Park Ranger™ led us through the Fiery Furnace this morning. His love and appreciation of Juniper trees is unmatched by anyone. Also, he is a very nice man. 🤙
Yesterday morning I underestimated what riding 11 miles on a mountain bike before hitting the trails would to my legs 😩. The view, however, was breathtaking. (Spoiler alert: I survived). Riding several sections of #moabbrandtrails was pretty awesome. If I recall correctly, we rode a section of Bar M, then half of Lazy/EZ loop, did the Rockin’ A section (which was the highlight; an hour or so on Moab’s famous Slickrock, through some semi-technical terrain, and happy I attempted all lines, and completed probably 97% 🤙), then back on to Bar M, and finishing with the second half of Lazy/EZ loop (which had some fun flowy singletrack downhill toward the parking lot 😄).
#packingday …one of my least favourite activities on this trip is probably packing the car after we’ve been laid up in accoms for a few days. Everything gets reorganised contextually based on the next few days; camping, not camping, cooking, not-cooking, water, no water, etc. I was certain before we left 2½ weeks ago that this is a problem that can be solved, but the more we load/unload, the more it makes sense to change the packing regime dynamically. It just might be unsolvable 😩.
Today we did our first mountain bike ride in Moab. Riding desert #singletrack is a lot of fun (except having to ride up rocks). “Slickrock” is ironically not slick at all; it’s like riding on sandpaper so tyres grip onto it well. Still, like most people I assume, I prefer to ride on a downward slope, where tyres needing to grip while you try to hoist yourself up over a ledge isn’t really a thing. Luckily for us, the ride back to the parking lot was all downhill, fast, and flowy singletrack.