Day 1 - Monitor & Merrimac/Klondike Bluffs (almost)

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Dinosaur fossils
We started out with a yummy breakfast at the Moab Diner, then hopped over to Poison Spider Bicycles to grab our bikes that we had shipped out last week. We brought 'em home and hurredly assembled them. Everything went great, and all the bikes were in perfect working order after assembly. This was a BIG relief, you just never know what can happen when you disassemble and ship your bike across country.

Once we had all the bikes ready, we loaded up the vans (remember, 18 riders and 18 bikes), then drove out to our first ride - the Monitor and Merrimac. The names refer to two huge sandstone buttes that apparently resemble the famous civil war iron-clad battleships of the same names. There's a lot of riding through *very* fine sand that's really tough to pedal through. The views were worth the effort, though, and once we were at the top we hit easy-riding slickrock and rode around the buttes - really cool stuff (see pics).
Merrimac butte


I also donned the helmet-cam once we reached the buttes and think I captured some great footage. I'll be checking it out later tonight.

After about 15 miles of M&M, we then drove over to do Klondike Bluffs, a relatively short out-and-back with awesome views of some really cool rock formations at the top. Well, once we were about halfway up we started seeing lightning in the distance. There was a cold front starting to move through and we made a conservative judgement call to turn back. It was a good call, because by the time we got back to the vans the weather was really getting nasty - 30-40 MPH winds were kicking up some major dust clouds. It was just plane nasty and not something anyone would want to be riding in.

We're getting ready to head out for dinner, I'll check in with another update tomorrow.

Sorry about the photo quality - they're from my cell phone camera. Apparently I either forgot my digital camera or lost it while traveling yesterday - doh!

Oh yeah, I added a couple of videos as well (at the bottom of this page). Two short clips are from my cell phone and two others are from my helmet cam.. Try 'em out and let me know how they look!

Here are the links to the GPS plots (opens a new browser window):
 - Monitor & Merrimac
 - Klondike Bluffs
egaertner says:
Helmet cam footage looks pretty sweet, didn't take long :)

Stinks if you lost your camera, you're churning through those things like butter lately!

Gaertners spent the day visiting Plymouth Rock.
Posted on: Oct 20, 2007
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Dinosaur fossils
Dinosaur fossils
Merrimac butte
Merrimac butte
Monitor butte
Monitor butte
Sandstone tower
Sandstone tower
The group taking a break
The group taking a break
Coming down from M&M
Coming down from M&M
Klondike Bluffs trailhead
Klondike Bluffs trailhead
Klondike Bluffs in the distance wi…
Klondike Bluffs in the distance w…
Riding around the Monitor & Merri…
Riding around the Determination T…
Video from my helmet cam
Same as previous but in higher re…
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photo by: karos4