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My First Trip to Moab

on November 14, 2015

This past weekend, I experience something for the first time: Moab. And WOW, it did NOT disappoint!

On Thursday, after work, K, B, J and I picked up Errin and Colin on our way towards Utah. We were headed to the land of mountain bike mecca and only Ken had been before. The RV was loaded with bikes, drinks and some amazing food and was ready for some adventure. We stopped around 8:30 in Grand Junction for the night after having a delicious dinner in Vail and had a {less than stellar} night of sleep before finishing the journey.

Friday morning, we had some breakfast and then continued the trip to Moab. Every part of the drive was gorgeous. Some seriously neat terrain out there! Once we made it, we unpacked the RV before having some lunch. Errin and Colin set off on a 2 hour ride, Ken went out on his bike and I tried to {unsuccessfully} get Brooke to take a nap. Ha. Around 2, R and R (Ken’s parents) made their way into camp. When they got a bit settled, Ken and I took advantage of some babysitting and headed off for a ride. Disclaimer: I am NOT a natural mountain biker. Rocks terrify the crap out of me, cliffs=death in my eyes and my bike is pretty stinking heavy.

The ride was, eh, scary. Ken took me to rock, cliffs and everything else that makes my heart race. Well, that is what Moab is all about! I did “okay”. Personally, I had a blast because I felt myself getting better through the ride…but I could tell that Ken was less than impressed with my abilities and {lack of} speed. The rest of the evening was spent eating and hanging out and enjoying a warm fire.

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On Saturday, R and R loaded up their jeep with Brooke and Jasper while K, E, C and I hopped on our bikes. We did about a 20 mile ride on dirt roads to this insane area of cliffs. No pics for me as I was terrified the whole time and just tried to keep J and B away from the edge.

Once back at camp, I took advantage of the “slickrock” that we were camped next to and practiced my skills. BTW, slickrock=tons of traction! Who knew?! I felt more and more comfortable.

Sunday brought a nice long ride through what seems like endless sand! We were all over the road trying to keep it upright, but it was so fun! R, R, B and J drove out and met us with the Jeep at an amazing tunnel! We explored, ate some lunch and played around on the rocks before making the journey back through the sand to camp.

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On Monday, we planned a two hour ride before packing up and heading for home. Pretty sure that Ken thought it would be about 2.5-3 hours because I was joining the ride and I dont blame him! I wondered the same thing!

Ken and Colin went out in front and we had areas that we were going to meet up with them. Errin was kind enough to ride with me. I dont know if it was because I was less nervous with her or all of the practice I had been doing on the rocks, but I totally didnt suck!?! I was able to ride A LOT of things that I wouldnt have in the past and thoroughly enjoyed the trail! Even after I found out that it was intermediate/advanced! It was a BLAST!!! And we made it back in UNDER 2 hours!

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The problem is…now I want to go ride my mountain bike all the time! Haha! Singletrack, I am coming for you in the spring!

I also learned how to ride Ken’s dirt bike on this trip…and kind of fell in love with that too…good thing it is too big for me to ride alone. Stinking short legs ๐Ÿ˜‰

It was an epic trip and we cannot wait to go back! Dont be surprised if you see me jumping into some beginner mtn bike races next year ๐Ÿ™‚

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One response to “My First Trip to Moab

  1. Drove through Moab for the first this past summer, and so need to go for a week.

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