April 25, 2018
Things are rolling along here in Moab. We are moving at a slow steady pace to get get things done and have some fun.
|Dave led, followed by Dee, us and Scott|
Huge boulders and ledges grab your attention from the get-go.
Any day on trail is a good day. When I'm not paying attention to the trail and tire placement, I enjoy all the big things and all the little things.
The cliff side of the trail gives the trail it's name...a story or event with a strong element of suspense. Yep, it's pretty close to the edge...
From here it's not that far to the overlook. A nice lunch with friends and a view !
From there it was all downhill...literally at 15 to 20 mph and no brakes. As we were heading out after lunch, the pins holding the passenger front brake calipers on came out. Dave helped out and we thought it was fixed, but as Joe was heading downhill to get off a ledge, he had NO brakes. Quick thinker he is, he barreled into a mound of boulders and landed on top. We left Wile E there and rode out with Dee to find Rory (Moab Motorsports). He and Joe went back to tow Wile E back to the shop. Rory is awesome and Joe was most impressed with the way he orchestrated a temporary fix to the wheel and towed Joe out...in the dark and back up all the obstacles we had driven down. They got back to Moab Motorsports about 11:30 pm.
A few days ago, Moab Friends For Wheelin' had a highway clean up work day.
|Joe, Dee and Rick|
Our 2 mile section is just north of the Arches NP entrance on Hwy 191. We had lots of people to show up to help.
With work done, we all set out to run Metal Masher. I didn't count the vehicles, but I heard someone say we had 14.
To get to Metal Masher you take the shelf road that goes to Gemini Bridges.
There are a lot of tall ledges to climb which have bypasses. Below, Melissa easily drives her buggy up one of them.
We were fifth in line behind Glen, Rick, Dee and David.
I only got a couple of scenery photos...
|Wile E waits as David crawls right up.|
Mirror Gulch about .2 of a mile further is the next named obstacle. Rick was second in line and broke a hub and decided to turn around and head back out. He was sandwiched between Dee and us while everyone else continued on. Next time, we look forward to tackling Widow Maker !
Well, I think we have seen the last of the cold days. Of course, the last time I said that, I was wrong. Fingers crossed. I know this week has been very nice.
Until next time, take care and...
HAPPY TRAILS !
Up next...cool rocks, sweeping views, wildflowers and best of all, solitude !