Riding Moab With Locals
The local meet-up language described the mountain bike ride as “advanced”.
Departing the parking lot, I asked for details about the trail, upon which I was told that a few “flowy” single black diamond downhills would be mixed in.
It’ll be fun I was told.
I’m not going to lie – I strongly considered turning around then, trusting my instincts that when locals specifically call out a ride as being advanced, they mean it.
Four hours and only 20 miles later, this was without a doubt the most sustained technical ride I’ve ever completed. A day of double diamond trails has a way of tempering speed.
I held my own on the flats and uphills, but had my ass thoroughly handed to me on all the downhills.
More humbling … I had a hard time walking certain sections these guys were bombing down with grace and style British royals would appreciate.
I only crashed once.
Nevertheless, I had a great day on the trails. And, while the accompanying 3,000 feet of climbing may have me limping for days, there certainly were no shortage amazing views.
Congrats on only crashing once. Nice views. Now, rest.
You experienced an amazing day. While others may have been looking at themselves, you looked outside yourself as your pictures clearly show.
Moab is a stunning place.
Thanks for the nice comments Brad.
Brave rider, gorgeous scenery!