Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Mojo survived . Grand Junction , Moab

Dan and Brian somewhere on lunch loop

Holy cross trailhead

On the ribbon trail

Brian ruling the rock on the Holy cross

Taking a bite out of the holy cross (later it bit me)

riding on martian landscape (Grand Junction)

The most famous bike shop in the world

A dime a dozen Moab slickrock shot

Brian climbing some stupid steep hill on Moab slickrock

my current desktop wallpaper (Moab slickrock)

The last post (for now) on the Colorado trip . I have resorted to blogging as opposed to emailing as some of you may not care too much about riding and that`s cool .

Grand Junction . My first impression of GJ wasn`t all that great as far as the town goes and me being the ass that I am told Brian that . He smiled and said "just wait , it grows on you". Boy was he right ! A smaller city with a definite small town feel . The trail network there is unbelievable , there is the lunch loop trail system which certain bike magazines prey on for it`s amazing bike photography . The next time I`m there I would want to stay in GJ the whole time but considering your 5 minutes away from Fruita , an hour and 40 minutes from Moab it would be very hard to stay in one place . The Holy cross trail , by far one of the most demanding trails I have ever ridden , jagged rocks threatening my carbon frame , more steep exposure , and extremely technical rock riding . This trail would make a Navy Seal nervous . The ribbon trail is another GJ must do , some of the sections I think are unrideable but I know there are guys who live here who probably ride it and rule it all the time .

Moab . For close to 20 years I have wanted to go there . In the biking world Moab is revered as mountain bikings holy grail . Trails like Slickrock and porcupine rim have kept riders salivating for years and this was my time to ride there .

We picked a bad day to go though , our intentions were to hit the whole Enchilada (a combination of Moab trails) then Slickrock but bad weather had shut down lots of the mountain . Not wanting to be dismayed we rode the Slickrock trail despite bad weather . I never experienced wind like that in my life , a steady 80km wind that was turning back guys from the trail ...........but we pressed on . Despite the wind literally knocking me off my bike a couple times (it`s wide open there) I had a blast anyways and was surprised on how hard the trail actually was ! I always thought it was just a "tourist trail" ................not quite , the wind made it more challenging but it may sound cheesy I`m glad it was there .
It`s too bad we couldn't`t have ridden more Moab but I know I`ll be back .

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