Mountain Biking Moab
by Lee Bridgers (Falcon Guides)
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I thoroughly enjoyed this ride. I began at the McDonald's just outside of my hotel while it was still dark. My reward was a long sun rise and trail privacy. The only other riders I saw were just beginning as I was ending. My total ride time for the out-and-back was 2:49:49 and my Edge 500 read 1529 calories.
I did not have a problem eating dust as the other reviewer did, except on the final ascent to the pass a little got into my contact lenses.
Because I started at McDonald's, I had an enjoyable combination of concrete and easy to ride dirt roads. If you are like me and enjoy great scenery, a variety of single and double track, dirt and paved, with a difficulty level that is not much beyond my local ride around the city river, then you may enjoy this ride as much as I did. Another plus was that the trail is very easy to follow. As Rider Mel says in his 4th Mountain Bike Guide to Moab you'd have "more chance of getting lost in frozen food section at City Market".
It was a great introduction to Moab riding, and I look forward to doing it again.
This ride is entirely on road & that was its main disadvantage. We ate dust almost constantly. A strong headwind coming back also detracted from our enjoyment. Althought the canyon is attractive & there's a nice view of the river at the end, there are many other area rides I enjoy more.
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