Day 6 - Slammin' Slickrock

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Our crew descending a tricky section on Slickrock
We're back in Moab today, and we had a slight change of plans. Because my bike was being repaired, plus it turns out that Tom's bike had a frame crack that required a new front triangle. He had it FedEx'ed overnight and they did the repair today. The good news is that my bike was repaired and it was covered under warranty, I picked it up at 9:00 this morning and it was solid all day - sweet!
Our change of plans had us riding the Slickrock trail this morning, a classic must-ride trail when in Moab. This "trail" is nothing more than white dashes painted over numerous huge mounds of solid rock - pertrified sand dunes as the geologists tell us. It's about a 10 mile loop with about 2000 ft. of climbing - quite a workout. It's unlike anything else we've ever ridden and the bizarre landscape makes you feel like you're on the surface of the moon.
Looks like the surface of the moon, huh?
There are some incredibly steep sections to Slickrock, but your tires grip so well on this stuff that as long as you keep your weight forward and power to the pedals, you can make it up anything.
After beating oursleves senseless on Slickrock, we took a short lunch break back at the house then went over to do Amasa Back - a 5 mile, 1000 vertical foot jeep trail with amazing views all along the way, and a truly incredible view at the top. Amasa back is a mesa that rises about 1000 ft. off the valley floor, and the trail follows the edge of the mesa as it rises. This trail is ledgy and technical much of the way, but this ride is really all about the views. Hopefully the pics and video will do it some justice.
Yours truly was able to get some additional climbing out of our Amasa Back excursion, since I accidentally left my cell phone at the top and didn't realize it until I was about a third of the way back down - doh! The top third is the steepest part of the whole ride, so repeating it was a painful experience, but sure enough there was my phone waiting for me at the top.
Top of Amasa Back

Tomorrow is the legendary Porcupine Rim, starting from the Hazard County trail high in the La Sal mountains. This ride will run about 25 miles and descend some 5000 vertical feet, terminating at the Colorado River - truly an Epic ride if there ever was one.

Daily Stats:
Distance: 26.5 miles
Climbing elevation: 4900 ft.

GPS plots:
 - The SlickrockTrail
 - Amasa Back


Thanks for tuning in!
lgaertner says:
Holy smokes! What a beautiful part of our country to experience on your bikes. Thanks for all the info and pics, Jeff. Very cool stuff! Finish up safely. Glad its been an intense and exhilirating week of biking for all of you.
Leslie
Posted on: Oct 26, 2007
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Our crew descending a tricky secti…
Our crew descending a tricky sect…
Looks like the surface of the moon…
Looks like the surface of the moo…
Top of Amasa Back
Top of Amasa Back
Heading out on the Slickrock trail
Heading out on the Slickrock trail
Taking a break amongst the cacti
Taking a break amongst the cacti
Shot of Jeff with Colorado River i…
Shot of Jeff with Colorado River …
red rock canyons and Colorado River
red rock canyons and Colorado River
Jeep invasion!
Jeep invasion!
More Jeeps
More Jeeps
Entrance to parking lot for Slickr…
Entrance to parking lot for Slick…
Riding Slickrock
Riding Slickrock
Everyones skills were pushed to t…
Everyone's skills were pushed to …
They just keep on coming
They just keep on coming
Looking back from the edge of the …
Looking back from the edge of the…
Strange rock formation
Strange rock formation
Mike R. playing on the rocks
Mike R. playing on the rocks
Better stay on the trail - the cac…
Better stay on the trail - the ca…
Start of Amasa Back
Start of Amasa Back
The Slickrock Trail
Amasa Back Trail
Moab
photo by: karos4