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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by ScotsFire, May 26, 2021.
The lighting is better in yours anyway.
'Moab May 2021':
The day started with John and I waiting for @ScotsFire and @NotaYinzer .
We didn't mind as we thought we were also soon going to be drinking some high quality Starbucks java.
John couldn't have drunk his java anyways as he only disembarks his bike when he has to push it. John can walk his bike through any obstacle uphill or downhill. The guy is strong.
Most of my pictures were 'river shots'.
Vicki and Robert
Somebody is unhappy
Somebody is happy
I really like this non-river shot. It reminds me of Monument Valley
Robert wanted Vicki to experience hiking up Hogbacks.
So he left her a Mile downhill and enjoyed cresting Murphys on her bike.
A couple of times Robert offered to 'help' me through some obstacles. I have learned my lessons and politely declined. I just don't have the hiking endurance anymore.
Robert coming down Murphys Hogback. Vicki had not learned her lesson yet and had to walk the entire Hogback---uphill and downhill.
Robert could have stopped at any point beyond the obstacle. But what's the fun in that for Vicki as it was only 110 degrees. You can see a walker in a pink jacket behind the biker.
Vicki and Robert coming down Hardscrabble Hill. No problemo!
'Moab May 2021'.
THAT’S the shot I wanted! That spot is just awesome in the morning.
Lots of great pics my friend! This is an especially appreciated one of the two of us.
Yeah. Do the math.
Shh. How else am I supposed to get time on her cool new scooter?
We missed you Tom!
Imu and The Gang
catch up with you later, maybe 2022
May 30, 2021: Looking up
One last activity before starting the long drive back to North Idaho. @NotaYinzer and I learned to climb together as one of the things we did "together", mostly at the climbing gym but some outside rock too. So I surprised her by hiring a guide to take us to some of the red rock cliffs.
Kate was our guide.
She was very knowledgeable and quite personable.
At the first place we stopped to climb.
We weren't tall enough for that ride.
This was much more our speed.
Especially for the first climb in several months.
The second location we went to looked more impressive, but once past a short, leaning back spot, was no worse than climbing a ladder.
That backwards piece was challenging.
Once on the vertical wall, the hand and foot holds were really easy.
Vicki did the same climb.
Someone else was taking the pictures as I was belaying her, and apparently we didn't get many. This does show the back leaning ledge though.
We had a great time, if hot in the sun. The drive home was fine as we were on the road by noon-ish. Stopped overnight in Pocatello at a very questionable hotel, but otherwise the drive home was pretty easy.
I still have some footage I want to compile into one or two more videos, so you'll see that coming along at some point.
Otherwise I expect to be back to Moab next April with @simbaboy and old and new friends. There's a small chance I'll stop in for a couple days in September or early October, but I think those odds are getting worse.
This was a fun ten or so days. I did miss the bigger groups that I haven't seen for two years now, but at the same time can appreciate how much simpler the small groups (or even just two riders) are. Then there are some places I think I'd like to ride solo if I had the opportunity. But what I know for sure is that I'll keep going back to Moab for quite a while.
We are definitely planning to rent kayaks in Moab next time out.
Lets set a day for that.
What sort of kayaks and what stretch of the river do you plan on running? From Dewey Bridge to Onion Creek is flat water but there are rapids below Onion Creek. Not big rapids though, doable in inflatable kayaks.
I don't know much about kayaks - -so will research 2 person kayaks.
What time of year are you thinking about? In spring the water is COLD. Summer when it's too hot to ride is a great time to float the river, though you want sun protection. Early fall before the air temps drop too much is good too - the water will still be warm. I would be more than happy, excited in fact, to be safety boater in a kayak on a Moab Daily run from Onion Creek down to the take out at Sandy Beach. It's class 2 whitewater that can be easily done in an inflatable whitewater kayak by someone without skills except the ability to sit quietly and not rock the boat. Its a forgiving river. You just want to be comfortable in water and be able to swim. Running the river gives a whole different feel to the river corridor. The scenery unfolds slowly and there's the splishy splashy sound of water echoing off the rocks. Very pleasant.
'Moab April 2022' should be mostly all about riding and hiking.
A later visit to Moab in 2022 will include kayaking, early morning hiking and morning riding.
I definitely learn this lesson the hard way. Now i know, help isn't always that helpful.
If you want to see what Kane Creek is like punch up Scotty's Travelblogue & click on 2010 & Tom's Birthday Ride Kane Creek