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    The good, the bad, and the ugly- exploring so. UT

    The good...
    Single digit temps and just the right amount of moisture in the soil had frozen solid the sandtrap-type trails typical of this area, making perfect surface conditions. We're talking deeeeeep loose sand that is normally reserved for throttle-twisters only. It wouldn't surprise me if my WTB's were the first bicycle tires to explore some of these paths. Good also, were the crazy-clear-blue skies, large expanses of slickrock to play on, outstanding views of unamed mesas, sand dunes, and Zion's monoliths.

    The bad...
    cold, cold, cold. Numb toes & fingers, frozen camelback. Even my bike suffered from the icy temps. It felt like my forks had maybe 1.5" of poor overdamped travel. About 15 minutes into the ride, I notice that I'm wacking my pedals on the ground with practically every stroke. I jump off to see that the rear shock had compressed nearly all the way and is "frozen" in place. Initially I was sure that I has finely blown a seal loosing all the air. But when I couldn't forcefully extend the shock I was perplexed. After a couple of minutes of head scratching the sun had came up and I noticed that the shock was slowly extending by its self. I wrapped my hands around the shock which seemed to accelerate the extension. It still felt like it had its full air pressure, so I hopped on and continued. The shock worked flawlessly the rest of the ride. Very strange.

    The ugly...
    By 11:00 the sun was pretty high and my super-smooth trails were beginning to revert back to dismal sand traps. Luckily, I only had a few more downhill miles to get back to my car, So I only had to push my bike for maybe 1/2 mi.


    Overall, a very sweet ride. This area has incredible potential. As is though, all the existing trails and jeep roads are too sandy to ride as they completely avoid the slickrock. But if your timing is right with the weather and you don't mind some frozen parts (flesh & machine), this compares with some of southern Utah's more famous rides.
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    Dude, your posts rock. One of the best pic/writeup posters IMO on the board.

    Good stuff.

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    Thanks!

    It is consoling to know that people are out riding the places I wish that I was; I'm stuck in northern Idaho currently without a bike, but with lots of snow and lots of homework.

    Seeing your pics and hearing your exploits remind me of my very first trip to Moab years ago. I went in November but fortunately had great weather and the trails mostly to myself. On my ride to Monitor & Merrimac the only company I had were three ravens who tagged along to see what I was up to.

    Anyhow, thanks for the great post, wish you many more winters rides in red-rock country...

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    Great stuff!

    You ever consider a book of photos and essays...?

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    Good for throttle twisters?? Hmmm.

    Very cool pics. This one in particular I like a lot. I'm trying to place this area. From the view of Zion, it appears to be east of Zion, but further north than Gooseberry?

    Well, anyway. Great looking adventure. Sounds like Pugsley terrain.
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    Very nice. Thanks.

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    Wish I were there...

    Your posts of rides that are off the beaten path are awesome. These sorts of posts are what draw me to Southern Utah, very few people, tons of open space where one can dissapear and explore without seeing a soul, and no regulations and signs telling me where I can and cannot ride my bike.... Gotta love it.

    Thanks for the post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    ( Heart is somewhere in Utah but currently stuck in So Cal )

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    Very cool pics. This one in particular I like a lot. I'm trying to place this area. From the view of Zion, it appears to be east of Zion, but further north than Gooseberry?

    Well, anyway. Great looking adventure. Sounds like Pugsley terrain.

    This area lies between Zion's Park and Coral Pink Sand Dunes S.P. There are 100's of sq. miles here to explore, but getting deep into the middle of this area is practically impossible by bicycle due to deep sand. There is a nice jeep road/ATV network that is well signed by Kane County. With a motorcycle I bet you could explore for days. There is a lot of slickrock but you have to get through the sand to get to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk421onthemic
    This area lies between Zion's Park and Coral Pink Sand Dunes S.P. There are 100's of sq. miles here to explore, but getting deep into the middle of this area is practically impossible by bicycle due to deep sand. There is a nice jeep road/ATV network that is well signed by Kane County. With a motorcycle I bet you could explore for days. There is a lot of slickrock but you have to get through the sand to get to it.
    I was going to ask if it was close to the Coral Pink Sand dunes. I've ridden my motorcycle out there, and raced just out side the East entrance to Zion on some private land, but this looks like it has some possilities. You're right, deep sand is for big knobbies and more horsepower than my little legs can generate.

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