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    White Rim Trail

    Ten of us spent the day riding the iconic White Rim Trail. I measured 142 miles from camp to camp with a few minor diversions. 9 a.m. to maybe 6 p.m. The ride was not difficult, just lengthy as the trail descends to the Green River then continues to the confluence with the Colorado River. After dipping feet in the Colorado we climbed the Shaeffer Switchbacks to Island in the Sky and then back to camp. I’m sure others can post better pictures here but here are a few of mine. We didn’t stop much, mostly just motored along so here are a few snap shots.




    Here's Washington Larry scoping out the line he would take through the canyon if they would only let him




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    One of the best trails in the area. So much to see in so little time.
    There are tons of other trails that branch off of the White Rim. You could spend a week and not see them all.
    Thanks for sharing, Fred!
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    i did the white rim trail in april of 2015, camping two nights.
    thanks for the memories fred!

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    my son with his stuffed bat.

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    our motley crew at the end of the trail, before...
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    and after the dust storm

    really enjoyable, so beautiful so peaceful.
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    Even though we mostly rode at a leisurely pace, I still feel like we were rushed, not by anyone just time, and missed a bunch. Having ridden it once now, if there was a next time, I would make it an overnight adventure and take my time.

    It was a lot more crowded by bicyclists, much more riders out there than I would have thought. From my perspective, almost everyone was friendly and either smiled, waved back, or said "hi" when I rode SLOWLY by them.

    I'm glad I didn't have to experience the baby powder dust towards the beginning of our ride. Those ruts were pretty bad as is and to add the powder dust would have made that section horrible.

    Very nice ride and very nice pictures Fred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral View Post
    I'm glad I didn't have to experience the baby powder dust towards the beginning of our ride. Those ruts were pretty bad as is and to add the powder dust would have made that section horrible.
    i remember the dust from the end of our drive... we must have gone reverse direction from you guys. it was horrible, i still have some in my truck two years later.

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    I want to see more of that stuffed bat.
    a non-native Big Brown Bat flying over murphy hogsback.
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    That is quite a crew there Joe!
    Camping out down there is so much more peaceful than the dissapointing tourist swarms of Moab proper. This year they have re-opened limited camping outside the park on BLM land by Minereal Bottom which is very nice. Our Willow Springs area has changed for the worse, won’t go there again.
    We saw several $250/day mountain biker catered groups and a handful of SUVs on the White Rim Trail but mostly it was a fairly solitary experience.
    I want to see more of that stuffed bat.
    Our Motley Crew:



    A few flowers graced our travels
    Mostly though it was steep drop offs into deep canyons.




    A sandy side canyon did get us down to the Colorado proper.


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    lots of time to wander, explore, laze, eat and drink and contemplate one's navel.
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    we camped at murphy hogback the first night.
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    and hardscrabble bottom the second night, we even saw a lazy kitty-kid in the tree!

    i always appreciate a sh*tter with a view...
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    but sometimes you just can't find one when you need it...
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    checking the tires... like grandfather, like grandson.

    biggest complaint was there was no real spot to swim or play in the river... no beach and too much current. but forever views and glorious sky.
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    Gotta teach ‘em young how to properly cool those brakes. DSC_9057.jpg
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    Beautiful, Fred.
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    We need more pics and stories! Riders must be all still un-packing and washing the trail dust from behind their ears.

    A forum member did notice my van and sent me a link for a Astro Forum so I could make it more Moab-ready for next year...18837007045_98c65c250f_z.jpg

    Certainly someone should have told the story by now of my White Rim oil leak and how Vanilla Gorilla saved the day. Did I mention already that there were some mighty fine folks once again at Moab this year?
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