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    3 days to play.

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    Eric had familial permission to take off and ride for a few days.</div>
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    "<i>I haven't had a riding roadtrip in 12 years. Make it worth my while.</i>"</div>
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    In the ~month leading up to his arrival, we discussed whether or not to camp, where to camp if we did, options for 'weather days', and who/how many would comprise the right size group. In the end he flew solo, and it was an easy choice on where to take him first: Loma.</div>
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    The Kokopelli trailhead is home to some fun and (f)rightfully popular trails, but the ones that see the most traffic were not our target for the day. Last time I rode with Eric was on his home trails, and, not knowing the lay of the land, I asked (begged is more like it) him to start me off easy, slowly working up to the harder stuff through the day. By his own admission he took me straight to the steepest and hardest stuff, humbling me repeatedly before I ever had a chance to find my feet.</div>
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    I may be getting older and slower, but my memory hasn't faded with like speed: I returned the favor by starting him straight up Moore Fun.</div>
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    'Entrance Exam':</div>
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    Shown above is the 'easy' part of the crux--the roll out and manual off. Not pictured is the biggish up to get on, nor the off-angle and off-camber gap you have to cross to get to the off. He smoothed it on his third try. Impressive--especially for a guy that hasn't ridden outside of AZ in over a decade.</div>
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    Moving up the ridge and working on some of the harder, lower to the ground finesse lines.</div>
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    Dohp. Go back and try again…</div>
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    Little Miss Manual took the day off work to join us.</div>
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    Sessioning is the name of the game--if you don't make a move, you go back and try again until you do, or until you bleed enough to get a mulligan.</div>
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    Past the first summit, arcing turns on a rare-for-Moore section of speedy and ~smooth singletrack.</div>
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    Heading for the harder half. *Ruby/Horsethief section of the Colorado River below. It'd be hard and wrong to describe the weather we had as anything other than exceptional: bright blue skies, mid-60* temps, and never more than a puff of a breeze.</div>
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    Somehow, despite the fact that we've spent hours of our lives at this very spot, we don't (that I'm aware of) have a name for this switchback. It is, in my opinion, much harder than it appears at first blush. Essentially you have to make a ~160* turn in the space of one bike length, and just as you're finishing that turn you have to wheelie across a small gap, onto a ledge, then power your back wheel up behind it. All this on ball bearings over hardpack. </div>
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    Jeny smoothed it on her first (and second!) tries, while both Eric and I failed on our first two efforts. Eric looked harder and declared that he was just going to hop his wheel around instead of riding through it as Jeny had done. To which both Jeny and I called BS. Local rules = if it can be <u>ridden</u> clean, then hopping doesn't count. Or, put more simply, hopping is cheating.</div>
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    Eric's response? <i>"mutter grumble, grumble mutter"</i>. Or something like that...</div>
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    And then, having seen how little skill is required is to hop it, he agreed: "That <b>is</b> cheating".</div>
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    He went on to clean it a few times--once on his bike, and once on mine.</div>
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    The video cuts out (above) just as he's saying something about 'good enough for proof of concept'. He'd wanted to see if he could take a different line on my (<a href="http://forums.mtbr.com/29er-bikes/bike-started-all-just-got-even-better-883240.html">super short chainstay</a>) bike than he did on his own. Rather than put words into his mouth, I'll let him comment on that if he cares to.</div>
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    One last try to really smooth it out:</div>
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    Then Jeny went back and, after several missed efforts, got it a third time.</div>
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    Moving up the ridge, almost to the top, with a couple of successive tough/odd ledge moves that Eric made quick work of.</div>
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    Unfortunately, no pics of the descent of the W side of Moore--we were having too much chunky fun to stop.</div>
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    Low down on Moore Jay joined the group, and continued with us up the Mack Ridge climb.</div>
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    Nice views, and a gorgeous day, from on top.</div>
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    Here's a small drop/alt line on the way down Mack. &nbsp;It looks bigger than it rides.</div>
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    Eric, standing at the lip: "No way dude, that's a five footer--too big for me".</div>
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    Eric, standing below it: "Oh. &nbsp;It's only about three feet".</div>
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    Eric has the endearing and sometimes alarming habit of <i>emoting *</i>loudly* as he rides. &nbsp;The content of his emotion is largely unfiltered--apparently bypassing his cerebral cortex entirely en route from brain stem to mouth.</div>
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    Jay smoothing the same line.</div>
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    Eric on my bike, landing a bit easier on a slightly different spot.</div>
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    Working down through the chunky bits of 'the new part' of Mack.</div>
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    Did I mention it was a perfect day?!</div>
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    Where Mack meets Lions we flipped it, climbing back up Mack. &nbsp;This section of trail is but a few years old, and most often gets ridden <i>down.</i>&nbsp; We like it just fine that way, but prefer to challenge ourselves by going back up it.</div>
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    It is steep and tight and chunky, and there are several 'sequences' that range from tough to diabolical to not-yet-doable.</div>
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    Jay on a tough one.</div>
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    Bolstered by that success, he joined Jeny and I back at the bottom and tried, twice, to make a clean go of the whole sequence. &nbsp;</div>
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    Like so many others, Eric had heard about and seen video of this spot, and wanted to give it a go. &nbsp;Perhaps it was the length and lateness of the day, but by the time he made it to the final stuffy crux he'd seen all he needed to see. &nbsp;</div>
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    Epic thread! We need more like this!
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    I am glad you don't have a video of all the F bombs thrown that day. It would make an epic mix though...
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    Great stuff!

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    3 days to play.

    I needed a break. It has been a stressful year and I just needed some time on a bike. Talked it over with the wife and she said: how about this weekend? Done.

    I emailed Mike and asked if I could follow his wheel around for a few days in a part of the world I had never visited. I am running so fast right now, I had no time to research rides, get maps, etc. I wanted/needed a local guide, but I preferred a local guide who understood how/what I like to ride. I am not God's gift to mountain biking, but I do have certain super powers: primarily cleaning technical climbs, and covering tech terrain at slow speeds on my bike. I am an extremely competent technical rider, but beyond that...sorta slow and prone to blow up on longer climbs, and longer rides.

    I had my concerns about this trip. Sure, my technical skills were solid, that was all I had. My past year involved very few rides longer than two hours, usually rode once maybe twice a week. My rides were not the climbing sufferfests of the past either. Essentially, I am relatively out of shape compared to my past self.

    I expressed these concerns to Mike and he said: "no problem, we will take our time and session stuff. You'll be fine."

    My usual home rides are constantly on the clock, crammed into a busy schedule and ridden fast and furiously, throwing the bike into the van before diving back into the schedule. I was looking forward to not being on the clock.

    I started to get sick on Tuesday, finished work Wednesday, packing quickly that night, randomly throwing way too much stuff in the van, and took off Thursday am. A long day of driving got me to Moab where I stopped to warm up the legs for an hour or so on the Klondike bluffs area. Rough, and somewhat random trails, but I liked it. Bonus was seeing Dino tracks.


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    Following this, I finished off the drive to GJ, had a burrito (what a treat to walk into a food facility with just me all by myself: order food, eat food, and leave!) I then crashed on Mike's couch only to wake up at 2am hacking and coughing, at which point I moved to my sleeping bag in the van until the am.
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    Man I feel like I was there!! Great stuff!
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    Definitely lacking the words to describe the day...no really, nothing qualifies! Fantastic views, inspiring riding, a generous tour guide and miles of smiles.
    As usual, the pics do no justice to the punishing techy riding required, but I am still grinning ear to ear as I relive the day through them.


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    Good stuff guys. The Moore Fun/Mack ridge stuff looks like a hoot. Right up my alley. I have" ridden" Moore Fun East to West but I don't remember half those moves. We were on the clock and didn't get a chance to session much, so probably pushed many of them. Gotta get back there.

    Hoping there's a Three Days to Play v.2 at some point (sooner than ten years). Really sorry I missed this one. Thanks for the invite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Good stuff guys. The Moore Fun/Mack ridge stuff looks like a hoot. Right up my alley. I have" ridden" Moore Fun East to West but I don't remember half those moves. We were on the clock and didn't get a chance to session much, so probably pushed many of them. Gotta get back there.

    Hoping there's a Three Days to Play v.2 at some point (sooner than ten years). Really sorry I missed this one. Thanks for the invite.

    Looking forward to days 2 and 3.
    I live about 20 min away... Mike is even closer; I'd say you have a good chance of it...even more if Eric can manage a couple days.
    FWIW...had a blast riding with Eric, Mike & Jeny...high quality skills abound.


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    Awesome work, looking forward to seeing the rest.
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    Love that trail. Oh, and marry me Jeny.

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    I have been trying to think how to put into words one of the top five riding days of my life, and I just cant do it adequately, so I will just run stream of consciousness here.

    Awoke Friday after hacking all night, and shared some awesome French Press, Italian roast coffee (thanks Jeny!), with some sort of massive egg and sausage meal. Suitably stuffed, we drove to the Kokopelli trailhead. I was nervous. I was riding with some extremely strong, lifelong riders, and wondered if I could hang.

    Mike hit me right away with the Entrance Exam Move above. It left me jittery. It is a scary move with some consequences for failure, and the run in is pretty dang awkward. I have ridden with Mike two times in the past and each time he has pushed me to up my game, but not pushed too far. I looked a couple times and gave it a go. With committment, it was butter except for a pinged rear rim. No flat, so I let it go and didn't add air.

    Up we climbed up Moore Fun. I did zero planning on this trip. I didn't care. I didn't want to think, I wanted to ride. There is enough planning, leading, thinking, guiding when I am at home. I just....wanted....to....ride....without....thinkin g. Still, I have always heard of Moore Fun and is seemed a trail that appealed to my strengths, so I was glad Mike chose it. The climb reminded me a bit of Goat Camp in Phoenix, but a little more challenging. Not as hard or steep as the start of National Trail though.

    I was quickly spit off the back, but everyone waited, and if I caught Mike and Jeny it was because they were sessioning some obstacle with their silly "no hopping" rules.

    I had a great time. The weather was perfect. The views were amazing. The company was fun and challenging. The climb passed quickly and I got a call from Jay that he was heading toward us from the end of the trail.

    Mikesee, JNCarpenter, and Enel. Three somewhat opinionated old timey 29inch board folks riding together...The end of the world as we know it. I had never met Jay and only know Mike through email, the boards, a couple rides, and a surgery. it was super fun to put personalities on the online presence, and the day was just getting going.

    Mike and Jeny spit us both off the climb up Mack ridge, but again, we gathered around various tech stuff to session. The views...the views! Pics do no justice at all although Mike gives you a taste.

    Then we started the climb back up Mack. This is getting long into the ride for a dude with my somewhat limited endurance....screw it, I'm going for it...and I did. Significant memories include eventually cleaning everything on the climb, but the insane four part crux move. All told, the group must have hurled themselves at that demon 50 times or more. I managed to get to within inches of the goal four times, only to by blocked by the last insane rock step up. Extremely loud F Bombs were plentiful.

    I appreciate Mike giving me the opportunity to do a few drops as my local terrain does not afford much opportunity. I am decidedly uncomfortable in the air, but decided to sack up for the most part, and go into things at least pretending to be confident.

    I really enjoyed myself toodling along Mary's enjoying the lower light and the views. Our final obstacle was the drop in to Horsethief I have heard/read about this section of technical trail for years and have wanted to try my hand at it. Going it, I was borderline wasted with fatigue. We looked at everything and I took a few runs at it. Currently there are two crux moves. I was able to get past the upper one a couple times, but could not find the courage to trust my bike off the second one. 30 inch roll into what looked like wheel stopping rubble. Eventually, I decided enough and walked it. This is a hobby dammit. Neither the mind (nor the body) were there.

    We rolled back to the car on various and extremely fun, bermy, smooth trails just at twilight hit, and I was buzzed beyond belief. I left it all on the trail. Honestly, I climbed out of my mind, I was extremely on with the tech climbs this day.

    We all had a nice dinner, and hit bed for the next day....again I hacked and coughed all night.
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    My Turn!
    Day one was a riot! It was a riot to watch Enel show up and get his tech ON!
    And it was a riot to watch Mike glow and thrive and fly -- and taunt Enel with each section of tech....

    It's always an honor to ride with friends so skilled and so amped up for endless sesh!

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    Mike and Enel were on fire -- and I felt off-center and a bit muted. (Yes, really).

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    But the sun was OUT and the weather SPECTACULAR -- so there was nothing to do but THRIVE as best as one could. It's a rough job, but someone has got to do it.

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    It took me a solid 2 hours to just wake up... while Enel was skillin' the Entrance Exam, and finding his legs for the initial climb ... and while Mike floated up the hill with a sly grin on his face.

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    I did my best to let the coffee sink in deep ... but my real game-energy remained largely inaccessible.

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    It was pure AWE-somenessssss to just ride with this crew.

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    It is always a good sign of a PURE day when everyone giggles, swears, throws bikes (Enel only) and generally reverts back to child-like play time energy.

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    We spent all of the sunshine part of the day out there -- returning to the cars just before it was dark, blown to happy pieces and grinning and glowing like absolute kids.

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    By the end of the day, it was like being 'called in for dinner' after being lost in the magic world of make-believe-become-REAL. So nice to get *that far away* and into a place, time and space.

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    Thanks, team. For a spectacarific Day 1.

    Day 2 and three in the queueeeee....

    Jj

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    Wow great shots Jeny! I want some of those. All with a phone!?
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    no, not with a phone. i had a small camera

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    why is this thread posted in 2 forums? it's kinda a hassle toggling back & forth, guess i will though as it's worth it. much envy over here of the awesome wilderness you guys get to play in

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    Wow great shots Jeny! I want some of those. All with a phone!?
    click on a picture she took. the stats will show, including the camera used

    oh, &, mighty fine riding
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    Adding my amateur snaps from day 1

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    Day 2.

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    Despite waking late and getting out the door even later, we motored out to the Swell and were on our bikes directly. &nbsp;Clear skies, warm temps, light breezes--another perfect weather day on tap. &nbsp;Had I been offered the opportunity I don't know how I would have improved on the conditions we were gifted.</div>
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    Since we'd just ridden here a few weeks ago, with similar weather, identical bikes, and identical trail conditions, we had a near-perfect opportunity to determine if one or the other route really had an advantage.</div>
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    for the 5 miles of Hell (Heaven) yet, these photos...are the best yet
    breezy shade

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    Wow! Looks like an amazing time!

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    Looks like an impossibly difficult trail, and beautiful too.

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    Like. ......... A lot.
    So did you decide it rode "better" clockwise? Or just different?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Like. ......... A lot.
    So did you decide it rode "better" clockwise? Or just different?
    Reading comprehension failure!

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    LOL. I read it, I read it. I was just so distracted by the beautiful pictures that I failed to totally grasp your (somewhat cryptic) meaning. You did say many of the climbs were more doable in the clockwise direction...... but were they "better" whatever that means? And what about the descents? More fun CW compared to CCW?
    What about doing the long "devloving dirt road" at the beginning of the ride rather than the end?


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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    LOL. I read it, I read it. I was just so distracted by the beautiful pictures that I failed to totally grasp your (somewhat cryptic) meaning. You did say many of the climbs were more doable in the clockwise direction...... but were they "better" whatever that means? And what about the descents? More fun CW compared to CCW?
    What about doing the long "devloving dirt road" at the beginning of the ride rather than the end?


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    Crappy dirt road descending at the start is *much* preferred over a totally awful dirt road climb at the end.

    More rideable (but only just) climbs were more fun than walking.

    I have a lot of fond memories of doing it CCW. And I'm happy to let them fade and collect dust as I do it CW in the future!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post

    Crappy dirt road descending at the start is *much* preferred over a totally awful dirt road climb at the end.
    So the wash is ascending then, in clockwise direction. But maybe that doesn't really matter much since you're hoofing it while in the wash proper anyway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    So the wash is ascending then, in clockwise direction. But maybe that doesn't really matter much since you're hoofing it while in the wash proper anyway?
    Holy A/P batman!



    Actually, I'm not so sure I'd say you can tell whether the wash is ascending or not--it seems more or less flat either way. Overall it seemed much more rideable to me CW for some reason, though you do still walk a bit regardless.

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    3 days to play.

    I was in trouble from the first pedal stroke, and I knew it. Mr. "I'm not warmed up for two hours endurance racer" graciously stated I was warming up, not realizing that for me, there is no such thing.

    The day started with no sleep from hacking and coughing all night, followed by an excellent breakfast and coffee followed by a two hour drive. Now we were in our gear and rolling down a sandy road with mild grades dodging motos, and I was done. mentally and physically, and the fun part hadn't started.

    Mike took the time to mention to me that we were sweating light a bit with the latish start. An hour or so on the road with me well off the back and we finally hit some mildy techy single track to approach 5MOH from the South. I was surprised to hear we had covered 12 miles already. I had next to nothing for the delicious technical climbing afforded by this trail, and repeatedly found myself off the back.

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    I would push and catch up at the next photo op, or rise, or sandy wash

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    The scenery, as you can tell was incredible, indescribable, otherworldly.

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    But...I was done, and there was a long way to go...
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    3 days to play.

    Mike showed me a couple knolls in the distance with which to gauge our progress. "The trail ends where those hills are." They seemed a long way off.

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    We continued with me riding the downs, attempting a few ups, but walking most of them and pushing through the sand at the bottoms.

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    The Best way to think of the place is as an ocean of rock with swells and waves that you have to crest and go down and up again with sand at the bottoms. Pretty much all the ups and downs are extremely technical, but grippy and ledgy in nature.

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    This is my favorite kind of riding. This should have been Disneyland in rock.

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    But not this day....
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    3 days to play.

    About a third of the way through the 5MOH (did you know it is actually seen miles??), we stopped for a snack at a viewpoint.

    I was concerned about my pace, and the sun. I felt it best not to wait, so I continued on while Mike and Jen took a break. Bonked beyond belief with 5 miles at least to go.

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    I walked all the ups, and rode all the downs except for one heinous ledgy, sand covered drop in that I am sure was rideable, but not by me this day, this far from rescue.

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    I kept waiting for Mike and Jeny to catch and pass me.
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    It never happened.
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    In fact, as slow as I was going, somehow I managed to hike them off my wheel.

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    I didn't dare stop though. I didn't know how far I had to go, was sweating sunlight, and the mounds marking the end of the trail did not seem to be getting closer.

    I considered using the "Escape" trails, but had enough pride to stay the course.
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    3 days to play.

    As I was walking, I could occasionally see them in the distance, several rises away. Maybe 500 yards or less as the crow flies, but at least 20 minutes of hiking/biking away.

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    I kept walking.

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    I enjoyed the beauty of the day. The light breeze.

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    The amazing labyrinth of canyons surrounding me.

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    The amazing mind of whomever plotted out this trail.

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    These amazing machines called motorcycles that can traverse this terrain. Blows...the....mind what they are capable of.
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    3 days to play.

    The hills were getting closer and it was only around 3:30. Sunset at 5, twilight ends 5:30. I was going to make it.

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    Mike and Jeny were no longer visible/audible.

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    I pushed to the last hill. Sat a while and contemplated the trail out. Still three miles of dirt.

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    I rode most of it at such a slow pace it could hardly be considered riding. Every moment I expected to be passed by the compadres. Never happened. I got to the car, cleaned up, changed, crawled onto a sleeping bag in the puffy coat and read a book until they showed up at 5:30 on the dot. It was just getting dark and fairly cold.

    We loaded up and headed on the dirt road back to I70 on the way to Moab. We were almost to the freeway when this happened. An odd shaped rock in the road tore the crap out of my front tire.

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    Swapped to the spare fairly quickly, then into Green River where I had perhaps the best hamburger of my life in a dive called Rey's Tavern. I never would have eaten at this place if Mike hadn't pointed it out, but it is not to be missed.

    Then we headed in to Moab and sacked out at a hotel for the final day.

    This day was good, but I will have to return to the 5MOH for a rematch. I will definitely do it clockwise since the thought of 11 miles of sandy dirt at the end of a day would crush me mentally.
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    my turn again...
    day two, 5MOH, much better in the clockwise direction.

    we lost enel in the first 10 minutes. he caught back up for a short while. then, while i was busy being hypnotized while peering down into a large canyon, he left us for good.

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    while descending the dusty, rubbly, pre-game road, i thought to myself: "i am SO GLAD i don't have to ride back up this at the end of the day... again".

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/n3JSI70rjthNBshTQ6dtQdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=e mbedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-RNpgmrkEvMM/UoQ1fZUqifI/AAAAAAAAcP0/78I2sY3B8S4/s800/PB091197.JPG" height="368" width="800" /></a>

    i was also thinking: "i don't remember this road being such a mess". ah-well.

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/lyNsvF37mVIxdgqrQdk6FNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=e mbedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Laen3y0N4Dg/UoQ1gR6CLMI/AAAAAAAAcQE/PvpWVeiCv8c/s800/PB091201.JPG" height="403" width="800" /></a>

    the three of us hit the 5moh trail together, and we giggled during the first climb. well, i giggled and gasped, mike was saying something important, and enel was trying to say something.

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    enel had left EVERYTHING he had out on the trails the day before. he rode so well, and so on FIRE, that i had no idea how he was going to make it through a 5moh day. but ... he showed up, bucked up, and got his own 5moh party ON.

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    unfortunately for us, that meant that he was ahead of us all day long, taking a long walk with his bike. which means we didn't get his sweet F-BOMB blessings on every climb, descent and corner.

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    mike had to make-do with my little f-bomb show

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    as noted, it was a mind-blowingly beautiful day. truly just ridiculous in it's perfection. i was grateful for every drop of sunshine, and made a point to thank the universe multiple times this day.

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/shs223x4U1vAccL54DwckNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=e mbedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Pxq_UXouIyM/UoQ114c5F-I/AAAAAAAAcSg/nWMFpvuh8zo/s800/PB091281.JPG" height="450" width="800" /></a>

    the thing about this place is that it's just so... unusual. it's practically invisible from anywhere around it, and yet it's deep and colorful and intricate.

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    i cannot begin to try and imagine what made this place what it is. i'm sure i could understand the geology and time-space story that went into it ... but trying to imagine it, while in it... was a fun game to play throughout the day.

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    it seemed to me that one could easily get lost in the maze of frozen fire forever. and be just fine with it.

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    it was fun to be able to actually ride more this time around. i found this direction to be far more play-able... we rode a LOT more than we had the previous trip here.

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/iav43SGr3PW1bxPUDtW3lNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=e mbedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-uc-SYHZjAhg/UoQ1_JwI4cI/AAAAAAAAcUI/zBcgpb3jEGU/s800/PB091356.JPG" height="403" width="800" /></a>

    just about the time i found that i was blown to pieces -- mike's engines were all fired up and he made many, many attempts (mostly all successful) at clearing some of the long steep moves nearing the end of the trail. powerful. directed. graceful. (and sometimes grunty).

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/O3LDx2BcCs0fw13jrqBKJtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=e mbedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-HiV7L_4lF9s/UoQ14cSBIeI/AAAAAAAAcTE/KIrxry2Ahzg/s800/PB091359.JPG" height="450" width="800" /></a>

    once again, humbled by those around me. gratefully.

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    finished up as the sun went down. mike and i played the sunset for all it was worth.

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/7oy9eyr0x9caWgDIaYWL5tMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=e mbedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-B158Iqee6YE/UoQ1kUO1kgI/AAAAAAAAcQ8/3HIJQIRUdIA/s800/PB091236.JPG" height="267" width="800" /></a>

    there is nothing quite like returning 'home' (to the car) at dark ... spent ... dirty ... happy ... glowing like the rock we had just ridden through.

    jj

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    Day 3.

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    An early start. &nbsp;Crisp autumn air, long sleeves. &nbsp;An empty parking lot overarched by cerulean skies and framed by ancient domes of petrified sand. &nbsp;Perhaps most noticeable to all: the acrid scent of torched legs.</div>
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    We took our time on the early climb, patiently unraveling it against the protests of our wilted bodies.<br />
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    We all flailed on simple stuff--the kind you'd do blindfolded while juggling on a 'normal' day.<br />
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    Dohp.<br />
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    Chunky and odd--just the way he likes it.<br />
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    Playing on some B lines, more of an <i>up-turn-off</i> skills drill than anything else.<br />
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    The move I'm on above is the same move Eric is on in the next two pics. &nbsp;Narrow janky ledge entrance to a steep roll with a twist.<br />
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    Looks like not much. &nbsp;Depends on your 'eyes' whether it is or not. &nbsp;I pedal kicked it, but I was not remotely 'on' so it looked chunky and ugly as executed.<br />
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    Not wanting to risk the near-stuff I'd done, Eric manualed off. &nbsp;He made it cleaner but his rear wheel took a beating as a result. &nbsp;That's their job, right?<br />
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    With a long drive and expectant family to tend to, Eric flipped it here and headed back from whence we'd come. &nbsp;Jeny and I napped for the next ~hour, then resumed our day at an even more leisurely pace.<br />
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    Proceeding.<br />
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    One track? &nbsp;Yep--mine. &nbsp;Any more on this route and I'd be plain disappointed.<br />
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    We've tried everything but we just can't seem to get her to cheer up...<br />
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    Linking dome to dome entirely on cairn-free, paint-free, and rideable rock is an enjoyable game, made moreso by the views near and far.</div>
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    Earning every inch.<br />
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    You can see and hear the difference, but the quality of the rock under your tires *here* has to be felt to be believed. &nbsp;Call me a rock-hugger--the shoe fits.<br />
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    Wow...can't wait to make it a bit further west! Stunning views!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Enel View Post
    .... into Green River where I had perhaps the best hamburger of my life in a dive called Rey's Tavern. I never would have eaten at this place if Mike hadn't pointed it out, but it is not to be missed.

    Then we headed in to Moab and sacked out at a hotel for the final day.

    This day was good, but I will have to return to the 5MOH for a rematch. I will definitely do it clockwise since the thought of 11 miles of sandy dirt at the end of a day would crush me mentally.
    Nice report Eric. I've really enjoyed reading and viewing your reports and secretly wishing I had made it out...... but I think I made the wise choice given my physical state that weekend (there were some other "life/family" issues that tipped the scales on the go/no go scale and I was probably feeling well enough that had it not been for the other complications I would've attempted it). Sounds like you suffered.... yet still enjoyed it. Let me know when you'll be up for a rematch and I will be there.

    PS: Ray's burgers are amazing and taste even better after a total body thrashing like 5MOH delivers. Glad you got to enjoy that.
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    3 days to play.

    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Nice report Eric. I've really enjoyed reading and viewing your reports and secretly wishing I had made it out...... but I think I made the wise choice given my physical state that weekend (there were some other "life/family" issues that tipped the scales on the go/no go scale and I was probably feeling well enough that had it not been for the other complications I would've attempted it). Sounds like you suffered.... yet still enjoyed it. Let me know when you'll be up for a rematch and I will be there.

    PS: Ray's burgers are amazing and taste even better after a total body thrashing like 5MOH delivers. Glad you got to enjoy that.
    Glad someone enjoyed. I will get on the final day ....eventually. I haven't even wiped the chain on the bike since returning.
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    And I thought I had a bike obsession. You are at once tragic and awesome.

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    I saw a bit of this posted on Space Cowgirl, and had to come and check it out.

    awesome post
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    Beautiful photos, great script, epic adventure. My bike handling skills would not allow me to even begin this journey. I would love to explore this area on foot.

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    3 days to play.

    Day 3.

    I slept decently! Finally!

    I woke up early wagging my tail like a puppy. I was heading home today and I wanted to make the most of the daylight I had.

    I ran out to the Love Muffin Cafe (highly recommended) just as they opened, grabbed calories and coffee for everyone, and 1/2 hour before civil twilight was banging on Mike and Jeny Jo's door, followed by force feeding them.

    We got out to the Road up to Amasa Back just as dawn was breaking and headed up the road and the Amasa Back drop in. We climbed as much as weary legs would allow. I felt much, much better than day 2, and was up for sessioning any part of the climb until we eventually did the entire thing clean. Drops were dropped pleasantly.

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    Alternate lines were explored.

    Views were enjoyed.

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    Around 1100, we topped out. Mike showed us some rock art and challenged me with an ugly gappy rock move that I surprised my self by nailing first try both up and down.

    It was time to part, so we said goodbye and I turned my wheels toward home. And I was happy. Turns out I wasn't so geeked to ride as much as I was geeked to go home.

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    I dropped down Amasa Back to Captain Ahab and took this incredible, wonderful, amazing trail the rest of the way down. This trail is new since I was last in Moab, and to me it is required if you ever get a chance to ride there. It is truly the next generation of what a biking specific trail can be. Fun climbs, amazing descents and views. Challenging, but not overly so. Kudos to the trail designer and builder. It was an amazing 55 minutes. I killed whatever legs I had left

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    I did not stop much to enjoy the views because I was headed HOME and I had a schedule. I wanted to be rolling out of Moab by noon to get home before the kids' bedtime. I hit the car at 11:30, hotel at 11:45, quick shower and on the road at noon exactly. There was no one open to fix the tire, so I rolled the dice and drove the 400ish miles home on the donut spare. Turns out they work fine at speeds up to 100mph.

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    This trip for me was all about not thinking too much, just riding/walking/pushing the bike along the next step. I really enjoyed the chance to just not be in charge of everything for a change. Thank you so much Mike. Five hours later, on the way home, about two hours out from the homestead I had a bit of a revelation: I was super excited to just get home and be a dad/husband/boss, etc again. Mostly a dad though. Everything I loved was back in the little place I left.

    Grand Junction, the Swell and Moab are awesome places with incomparable riding, and amazing scenery, but my heart lives at home. Sometimes it takes leaving, even for a short time to realize that.

    Thank you again Mike, Jeny and Jay for a great visit.

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    And I thought I had a bike obsession. You are at once tragic and awesome.

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    Awesome, Eric!

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