Sunday, August 31, 2014

Location =  Moab, Utah  
Distance =  31.96
Time =  5:23:13
Ave. Speed =  5.9
Max. Speed =  24.5
Monthly Dist. =    123.31
Yearly Dist. =  908.67

We left from our campsite and headed up the gravel road to the Porcupine Rim trailhead. Robert and Joe started complaining early about having to make the climb, even though it's not very difficult. I think that they would have preferred to have driven up to the trailhead. They knew ahead of time that they didn't want to make the climb from town back up to the campground when the ride was over, so we left a car near the Poison Spider for them to use to drive back to camp.

We made it to the trailhead and now the real fun was about to begin. It was three more miles of climbing to reach the viewpoint and I had forgotten how hard some of that climbing could be. The difficulty was taking it's toll on Robert and Joe because they had to walk through every section that they couldn't ride through, and there were a lot of spots that they couldn't ride through.

It didn't take long before the complaining revved up again so I decided to lie to them and tell them that we were "almost there." Just as I would say that, we would come around a corner and there would be a steep hill that would force them off of their bikes and back onto their feet. I'd tell them again that we were really almost there and another walking section would appear. We repeated this silliness until we did eventually reach the viewpoint, much to everyone's relief. Here is a picture that Robert took from the viewpoint. It will forever be a spectacular spot.

We took our time on the downhill to the river and enjoyed the ride. Along the way we played leapfrog with four young riders who were very aggressive but who were continually stopping due to mechanical issues and crashes that caused mechanical issues. I felt sorry for them.

We finally came out at the highway just as I swallowed my last drop of water. I was thinking how I could use some more, but that I could make it to the Poison Spider because the road was level back to town and it was a fairly easy spin. Just as we came out of the tunnel that goes under the road there was a couple there that asked us if we needed any water. I didn't hesitate to take them up on their offer. It would make the ride back to town much more enjoyable. We stopped and chatted with them for a few minutes while we put some water into our camelbacks from a plastic container that they had. With much thanks we said good-bye and headed for town.

We started out on the shoulder of the highway which is frightening, but then the trail over the river that they were working on last year appears and a really nice ride on the edge of the river seperates you from the traffic. The ride back to town is much improved and much less scary than it used to be.

Once we arrived in town, Robert and Joe got in the truck and then headed for the grocery store to buy steaks. They tried to talk me into riding along with them but I wasn't going to miss out on the climb back up to the campsite. It's part of my ritual. When I was about halfway up the hill they passed me and again tried to get me to jump aboard. I wouldn't do it and the next time I saw them they had a beer in their hands.

It was an excellent day to ride the Porcupine Rim trail. Not too hot -- maybe it reached 90 degrees, with just the right amount of clouds and breeze. Nice!

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