20070901

Location =  Porcupine Rim Trail - Moab, Utah  
Distance =  31.34
Time =  4:33:05
Ave. Speed =  6.9
Max. Speed =  25.5
Monthly Dist. =    31.34
Yearly Dist. =  1478.56

I woke up early, and headed out for the Porcupine Rim Trail, before it got too hot. As I climbed up the road to the trailhead, a van that had passed me earlier, slowed down and asked me if the bugs had left me yet. He said that they were swarming around my head, and looked like a cloud. I said that they were still with me, as I couldn't get up enough speed to outrun them. I wouldn't lose them, until I got to the trailhead.

The first three miles of the trail are a tough, rocky climb, but it's well worth it when you get to the rim. I'll never get tired of the fantastic view.

From the rim, it's almost entirely downhill to the highway. I was slamming through the rocks, when the rocks slammed me, and jammed my left thumb into the handlebars. Ouch! Now I had something to take away the pain of my left pinky. Just what I needed.

I continued downward, only more carefully, and noticed that the trail seemed to have a lot more sandy places, than I remembered. As I was contemplating this, a guy came passing me by, and he said that the rains must have washed out the trail, because it seemed to him that there was a lot more sand than he remembered. This confirmed what I had been thinking.

I eventurally made it to the highway, and then headed back to town. I stopped at the Poison Spider Bike Shop to fill up on water, and then made the climb back up into the campground. It was plenty hot by now, in the mid 90s, and I took my time. I spent the rest of the afternoon trying to loosen up my thumb. Bummer.

In the evening, there was a spectacular sunset. Awesome!



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