Saturday, September 12, 2015

Location =  Moab, Utah  
Distance =  13.52
Time =  2:47:02
Ave. Speed =  4.8
Max. Speed =  22.5
Monthly Dist. =    66.29
Yearly Dist. =  691.62

I rolled into Moab at about 2:00 in the afternoon and after finding a campsite I rode over to Slickrock Trail. I picked a site in cluster H which is farther from the trailhead than most of the other camp spots. I have not been feeling very strong lately so my intention was to take things easy and not get hurt.

It was very hot when I started out, probably close to 100 degrees. I decided to skip the practice loop in the interest of taking it easy, and I decided to ride in the clockwise direction when I got to the main trail. That's generally considered to be the easier direction to ride.

A couple of miles out I stopped and took this picture of my bike in front of the foot bridge that is used by the zip liners. No, I didn't trespass, but I sure could have. There was nobody out on the trail to see me.

Slickrock Trail was just as beautiful as it always is and it's still a blast to ride, although, it seems to have gotten more difficult than I remember. My heart and lungs aren't as young as they used to be.

About 3/4 of the way around the loop there was a place where the bike trail intersected the jeep trail. Just when I got there, so did about 15 dune buggies and motorbikes. The group stopped right where I needed to cross so I waited a few minutes and then I got tired of waiting and rode through the group. They were cheering me on as I made the climb up from the road. That was cool. I even heard one guy say to his buddy, "That's not easy to do," referring to me clearing the short, steep climb.

I was pretty wiped out by the time I got back to my campsite. Sweet!

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