Moab 17 Day 3 Golden Spike
With all riders back together (ejfranz & Jeff rode Rusty Nail with the rest of us on Gold Bar Rim) we continue our Day 3 ride on the Golden Spike Trail having earlier conquered Gold Bar Rim Trail. I am so darn tired from 2 days of hard riding and I struggled so much on Gold Bar Rim. On the Golden Spike, I finally started to get my sea legs back. I had heard so much about the Golden Crack but this ended up being pretty easy. There were much harder obstacles on the trail up ahead than the crack was.
Shortly after linking back up with ejfranz and Jeff we arrived at the famous Golden Crack. I didn't find any gold but there was in fact a crack...and not a plumbers crack.
We were entertained by the utv group showing off going back and forth across the crack while we ate lunch.
It was a unanimous vote, we would send ejfranz across the crack first. If he falls and gets killed in the crossing or even worse, the rest of us decided we would head back the way we came. Oh, we'd call search & rescue and give them the coordinates where to find ejfranz's TW...oh and body.
He made it so thankfully we all continued the ride.
There were plenty of places to take a look over the cliff edge overlooking U.S. Hwy 191.
You can see Arches N.P. entrance down below.
Plenty of cool places along the trail to conduct a firing squad execution for whiny riding companions...if needed. Thankfully, this was a no whining day for all of us.
We did have some minor turbulence along the way. I called this place "the Silver Crack". Ok, maybe I whined a little so I had my son try and ride up this little obstacle. So so glad we had passed the executioners wall earlier.
ejfranz and Don made it up without help but the rest of us weren't so lucky. Don't ride these trails alone. Bring a young "lifting person" or three with you.
More smooth easy riding ahead for sure
The scary tree corner. Only thing missing is big black eagles, also known as crows.
We started to get more slickrock areas the closer we got to the junction with Poison Spider trail
Day 3 to be continued with our final trail, Poison Spider.