The weekend of 27 Feb 09, Tracy and I finally headed down to Moab to do some mountain
biking. We were a little ashamed that we had lived in Utah for over 3 years and had never
been mountain biking on the world famous slickrock around Moab.
completely on slickrock, we had it completely to ourselves, and it wasn't technical at all. Of
course, that didn't stop us from falling a couple of times...but I only went over the handlebars
once, so I figure that was a good thing. We really enjoyed biking up there, but we both kind of
thought we would have more enjoyed hiking the slickrock. My thought was that a bike is best
for getting to places that you can't get to on foot, and a slickrock playground is too small to be
inaccessible by foot. Of course, that's not the point to a slickrock playground...you're supposed
to PLAY on them. But playing on the slickrock just didn't really appeal to us. Maybe that was
because we were just too inexperienced, or maybe it was because we felt like it was too
dangerous or too hard. Either way, we really felt like we'd rather hike on slickrock than bike on
it. I guess that's a little unfortunate when you live so close to Moab, but, oh well.
interesting bike down a rough 4x4 road, and more along the type of mountain biking we like to
do. The road was really rocky, with lots of creek crossings, which made it a little tough, but not
too bad. We had the road to ourselves, and had a good time.
However, we still decided we liked hiking more than mountain biking, so on Sunday we went
we did while biking. Straight Wash was really nice, with some climbs, a couple of frozen pools,
and just generally nice scenery, We felt like we should have seen a mountain lion along the
hike, but still no luck.
We had a great weekend, but we definitely decided that the slickrock biking really didn't do a lot
for us, and we would probably stick to trail biking.