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    Weekend Trip to Utah.....

    So the wife and I took off from nice and warm So. Cal. on Thursday afternoon for a long weekend trip in Utah. Our destination was St. George and then on to Gooseberry Mesa. Had been keeping an eye on the weather for over a week now. This would be out first trip out there in any other weather but HOT.....usually we end up going at the end of June/early July....95+. Weather forcasts showed highs about 50 and lows in the mid 20's.....damn cold when it is 75 & 55 in So. Cal. Rolled into our timeshare Thursday night....27 degrees...ouch.

    Friday morning we got up and decided to do a ride through Zion Nat. Park. We brought the road bikes for this.....but I won't bore you with roadie pictures. Hovered around 40 degrees in the sun and way cooler in the shade.

    After we returned to our timeshare, we figured we would have just enough time to take the mountain bikes out to Bear Claw Poppy trail....since it is only about 1/2 mile from where we are staying. Warmed up a bit....about 45 degrees and 3:30pm. Headed out and to the trailhead. Nice climb to get the body and legs warmed up. I must say, I am not used to having to bundle up layers of clothing to ride.

    Here I am at the Trailhead


    The wife heading down the "3 Fingers of Death"(Hey, I didn't name them)


    Another shot of the wife riding the "3 Fingers of Death"


    The wife going down a little drop in


    Me doing a drop in.....why do they always look steeper when you are on top looking down?


    Me doing a small drop


    The wife on fun section of trail


    These trail markers were everywhere.....this is how it is supposed to be


    I am very impressed with the trail. It is in excellent condition and there are signs and trail marked everywhere. There was definately a lot of planning that went into this.

    Saturday it was time for Gooseberry Mesa. Been here a few times and still find it new and exciting. Today it warmed up a bit....about 45, but did not feel that cold. Maybe it was all the interval riding at Gooseberry that does it. Did all of the usual trails...South Rim, North Rim, Yellow Trail, Hidden Canyon(by far my favorite). My wife is a very capable rider, she just forgets how tough some of this is to ride. Takes her a while to get into her groove out here.

    Here is the wife on the Practice Loop


    Another Shot of the wife


    Damn this place is fun


    The more I come to Utah, the more I love the way the desert looks
    From the Mesa looking towards Zion


    The wife enjoying the view


    Other than the views, this is what Gooseberry is all about


    Had to do it again


    Me on a fun little downhill to switchback


    The wife riding through Hidden Canyon


    Had a great time. Can't wait to come back. I think next time we will try for sometime around late winter to early spring.


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    nicely done

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    Thanks for the awesome photos. That shot of the desert looks great - wallpaper material.
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    Excellent pics

    Looks like a very enjoyable time. Breathtaking pic of the desert looking towards Zion.

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    Great Pics!!!...makes me wish....

    that I lived further south and west! It's running between -3 and -5 degrees here in the upper midwest right not. Making highs of around 5 or 10 degrees during the day! That's just to darned cold to ride for me anymore! Oh well, maybe someday. Beautiful pictures though, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBmtb
    Thanks for the awesome photos. That shot of the desert looks great - wallpaper material.
    Yeah, it is great out there. 360 degree view like that. Unbelievable. Sunsets out there have to be seen to believe.



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    nice pics. thanks for sharing. funny how everybody seems to take the same shots. the wife and i were out there for halloween and some of our photos look almost identical.

    when we did our trip we also stopped on the way up and the way back. bootleg canyon on the way up, blue diamond on the way back. both of those locations had awesome trails as well.

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    Looks great!

    I can't wait to ride some slickrock again.
    Thanks for the cool passion hit!

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    Great post and pictures. Looks like you two had the place to yourselves and knew how to take advantage of it. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timo
    Great post and pictures. Looks like you two had the place to yourselves and knew how to take advantage of it. :-)
    Yeah, we saw only 4 others on Gooseberry Mesa & 3 people on Bear Claw Poppy.

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    Very nice.

    It's fun to see pictures of my local rides through a fresh set of eyes.
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