20080913

Location =  Moab UT  
Distance =  32.08
Time =  4:30:35
Ave. Speed =  7.1
Max. Speed =  23.5
Monthly Dist. =    153.51
Yearly Dist. =  2895.60

Time to ride the Porcupine Rim Trail!

I left the campsite around 9:30 in the morning, and headed up the road to the Porcupine Rim Trailhead. I took this picture of the sign at the start of the trail. I was all alone on the trail for the first few miles, enjoying the beautiful day, and the fantastic views. I stopped for a break at the spot where the view exceeds fantastic, and becomes spectacular! No matter how many times I see this overlook, it still takes my breath away. After about 15 minutes, I climbed back on the bike and headed down the mountain.

I decided that I was going to take it easy on the downhill, and avoid what happened last year. I managed to tear the ligaments in my left thumb when it got jammed against my handlebars during a high speed descent through some very rocky sections. I don't need to do that again.

A couple of miles into my descent two young guys on long travel bikes came flying by me, and disappeared into the distance. They had the right kind of bikes for this trail. I continued making my way down the trail, and even though I was trying to be careful, I still managed to crash. I smacked into a rock head on, hitting it so hard that one of the spokes in my front wheel popped out. The wheel still seemed to be true, so I twisted the spoke around the one next to it, and off I went. Two more guys came out of nowhere and passed me by, but I managed to catch them at an uphill section. Their bikes were too heavy to climb with, but they were great at going down.

Eventually, I made my way to the bottom of the trail, crossed under the highway through the tunnel, and then headed back toward town along the road. There was a new piece of paved trail along the way that went through a campground, along the river. As I got closer to town I came across a brand new pedestrian bridge that crosses the Colorado River. I rode across the bridge and took this picture of my bike. The bridge doesn't really go anywhere, but it's very pretty.

On the way back through town I stopped at the Poison Spider Bike Shop, and had the mechanic looked at my spoke. He was amazed at how straight my wheel was, even with a spoke knocked loose. He put it back and retensioned everything for $7.50. It could have been a lot worse. I could have smashed the whole wheel, and had to walk out of Porcupine Rim. That would have been bad.

I rode back to the campground, and then drove back to town to take a shower, and do some shopping. It was a beautiful day, warm and sunny, with temps in the 80s.



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