Ahhhh yes, I do believe that springtime has arrived, both officially on March 20th but unofficially as well. It sure is nice here in Moab. Yes, a little bit brisk and in the need of a sweatshirt but after this horrible winter, I am so ready for a snow free trail.
We got to run 2 today. Some of the ladies in the club will be running the Cliffhanger trail next Saturday for Safari so a group went out yesterday (Sunday) to pre-run it.
Melanie will be gunning for the first time this Easter Week so she was put in the lead position, flying her official flag. I will have to say she was a bit nervous dropping over the first series of ledges. Don’t tell anybody!
But she picked a good line and everyone followed.
Soon her confidence returned and she took out out across the Amasa back, dodging bikes, dogs, hikers, runners, ATVs, you name it. We had a Moab traffic jam kinda day. Everyone was trying to get rid of the cabin fever.
So beautiful to see all the redrock again. New grass is growing in and soon we’ll start to see the first flowers….
A picture of my other Jeep, Moab TJ. It was a long winter for my little Jeep and it needed to stretch and prepare for Easter week as I will be using it 2-3 times. Gotta have a pocket Jeep! Right Gene?
Speaking of a back up rig, Gary Lee started having problems with his Samurai back firing. After a brief assessment, it turned out to be a bad spark plug wire. All in all a very minor fix and we were soon back underway. Although stopping here wasn’t bad, a very beautiful scene.
After making our way to the overlook, it was back down the trail. Coming up the cliffhanger obstacle is always interesting. Here’s Susan showing the way….and yes, the obstacle is getting bad again. Hurrah!
Here’s some of the traffic scene. It might be hard to see the bikers and dogs mixed in with the rigs. We had bikes watching us from the other side as well.
Dropping back down. There’s Larry out in the redrock.
Everyone is working their way back up the ledges, the last difficult 100 yards of trail……
Next the group decided to work up to the top of Moab Rim. Jim was needing to evaluate some fencing spots and repairs for later in the season so we all decided to go along. Why not? As I said, it’s been a long winter and we haven’t been up the rim in 2010.
Above the Devil’s Crack and working our way up the Z-turn.
Yes, the scenery is spectacular….if you can take your eyes off the trail to appreciate it. This is a difficult ledge and a nice spot to catch a photo with the Colorado river down below.
Here’s Larry working his truck over the same ledge.
Finally to the top of the rim. It has to be 60 degrees and sitting in the sun feels great!
But wait! What’s this?
Oh no! What could Jim possibly be thinking?
a. I wonder how many more trails until I break another leaf spring?
b. When will Easter safari ever get here? I can’t wait to take those 25 rigs through Pritchett….twice!
c. How come you all are sitting on the rocks? It’s time for a beer!
d. Did all you Friends for Wheeling members pay your 2010 dues? PAY UP SLACKERS!
This time I can say with a smile, it was another fantastic day on the trails of Moab. Hopefully we’ll see you out here soon!
See ya on the trail!