Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Smithy's Birthday ride, White rim in a day Nov 2009

So for the past few years local bad boy and very fast person Brian Smith has had a ride the white rim trail in a day birthday ride around the middle of November. Too bad his birthday wasn't closer to September. I had done it two years ago in 2007 and it was a hoot.

Drive out there, ride the trail unsupported that time then tired drive home. This year I decided to leave Friday early, ride some at Fruita and get out to Canyonlands Island in the sky early enough to enjoy the views. The only problem with this was the HUGE rain storm over Fruita so I just kept going. The weather around Moab wasn't great either......

A bunch of Gunnison guys met at the little campground just before you go into Canyonlands while Brian, his wife Jenny and some friends stayed in Moab. We all went to bed ready to go in the morning. We woke up to a nice snow and Brian had rain all night in Moab. We barely got a cel call to Brian and he bailed as he thought it was toooo wet. We got the troops rounded up and decided to give it a go. Ricky G had just gotten a littel truck and wanted to test it out so we had a sag just in case. So off we went. The day started out well and we made good time. The snow fall at the high elevations gave way and the trail was dry and the day was cool. Around mile 80 it started to snow however. I had been riding with everyone but seeing that we were going to be lucky to make it out before the dark and snow I started to go faster. In the end I was the only one to finish as we shuttled everyone else. I also got to ride the last miles in a blinding snowstorm.....

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