Last week a friend/co worker, Vic , was in town for some work and to get out and play on bikes. After a few days of looking at pay scales, excel spreadsheets, and schedules, she brought up what she called an “off the couch random adventure”.
Biking the White Rim in a day was something that we had spoken about before. Up until this point this season, I think the longest ride I had been on was a Spring ride of around 15 miles. This one would be about 92-93 miles by the time we were done. Why not d0 it in a day?
It was a beautiful ride through Canyonlands National Park and a great challenge to ride that far in a day, on a mountain bike, through soft sand, mud, and snow.
The ride allowed us amazing views of the Green River , the canyons, and the snow capped La Sals and Abajos. We started under a full moon, rode underneath overcast skies, and ended underneath a waning moon. 16 hours. phew.
The next day we were pretty surprised that we were not to sore and could walk pretty well. It did feel like a hangover after a night of binge drinking though due to the amount of processed goods that were ingested to keep us going. I think I’ll take a break from cliff shots and goos for a little while. Here’s a link to Vic’s page http://www.seasonalnomad.com/2014/02/white-rim-in-day_19.html
This kinda sums up the day.
Early morning mud and heavy bikes
The Green River
Protein and sugar lunch. We would feel that later.
The yellow line was our route. Not too far , right?
Headlamps are back on and the moon is back up