Moab 2011

I returned a few days ago from my trip to Moab, Ut and the Rawhyde GS Challenge. It was my first time to Maob and also for the challenge. In previous years, Rawhyde held it at their training center in Castaic, Ca and it was a formal riding challenge with obstacles and riders competing against each other. For their fifth year, they changed the format and chose ten rides of varying difficulty around Moab. The base was Moab RV park and about 125 riders showed up on an assortment of dual sport bikes.

The weekend was put on by Jim Hyde and  Rawhyde Adventures.

Heading to Monument Valley

I left early on a Tuesday morning to meet Jim Mulhall at the Monument Valley campground.

I stopped quite a few times to take photos as I approached Monument Valley.

Heading to Monument Valley
Heading to Monument Valley

Arriving earlier than Jim, I visited Goulding’s Landing

Goulding's Historic Lodge

We met at the campground, which was a large dirt RV parking spot next to the View Hotel, took a photo of the famous monument and decided to head farther north.

Monument Valley

We stayed in Blanding for the night and had an easy 75 mile drive to Moab in the morning, checked in and got our tent sites set up. I was also able to reserve the site next to us for my friend, Doug, from California and another AZBeemer, Mick Williamson, who I had not yet met.

Moab Valley RV Park
Rawhyde
Rawhyde
Rawhyde

Thursday morning, Jim, Mick and I headed out to do a large loop with included Gemini Bridges, Long Valley, Pucker Pass and then follow the Colorado back around to Moab.

Gemini Bridges

Road to Gemini Bridges
Gemini bridges. Photo by J. Mulhall

(Photo by J. Mulhall)

Jim, Bob, Mick

Jim, Bob, Mick

Pucker Pass

Pucker Pass
Pucker Pass
Heading out of Pucker Pass

After lunch, Jim and I rode up to Onion Creek. There are about 24 creek crossing on the way out and 24 more on the way back in. Nothing difficult, but still alot of fun to go splashing through the creek bed.

Onion Creek Road
Onion Creek Road
Onion Creek Road

Friday morning we headed out with several other riders to Hurrah Pass. At the top of the pass you could see the road leading to Chicken Corners, but we passed on that trail.

Road to Hurrah Pass
Road to Hurrah Pass
Road to Hurrah Pass

That afternoon, Jim, Mick, Don, Doug and I decided to ride out to Secret Spire. There was much sand and everyone did alright except for a spill by Don. The more I ride on sand, the more I’m beginning to like it.  

Road to Secret Spire
Secret Spire. Photo by J. Mulhall

(Photo by J. Mulhall)

Road to Secret Spire
Secret Spire

Doug, Bob, Mick at Secret Spire

Doug, Bob, Mick

Saturday afternoon, Rawhyde  planned a group aerial photo shoot at the Overlook, so in the morning I walked and rode around downtown Moab.

Moab
Moab
Moab
Moab
Moab

Saturday afternoon, about 80 riders took off for the group photo at the overlook. In this photo, you can see Hurrah Pass in the center, Chicken Corners behind the pass and Kane Canyon Spring in the foreround. Fairly tough 15 miles to get to the Overlook. Cold beer never looked so god once back at camp.

Overlook to Hurrah Pass / Chicken Corners

Anyone up for riding in Moab, my bags are still packed!