So we made it to Utah today, to a town called Monticello which is the gateway to the Canyonlands & about 100 miles south of Moab. We've been over another pass this morning, the Ophir, which was wet but atmospheric all the same...then we headed into San Juan National Forest where we found a great section marked up on our maps with detours around the mud/rocks. Despite the rain this morning it had been dry for days so we decided to try it & see how it was... It was a great little section through the trees, the mud was dry for the most part, except for the deep hole that I found, it stopped me dead in knee deep water & the bike went over so I had to jump off, I then had to get back into the water to get the bike upright, but as it had laid itself onto a mound in the middle it was pretty easy... by this time Geoff & Matt had arrived & yes there are piccies & film too, so you'll get to see me in all my glory again!! (When we've got better internet I'll upload the GoPro to YouTube as normal).
|This was after I'd got stood up again!!|
This section was lovely & made more fun by sharing it with another two guys, Brian & Kevin, we'd met them at a fuel stop in Silverton in the morning then we all kept overtaking each other & ended up just riding as one group & having a good gossip all day long. The downhill section of this bit of the trail was sooo good, I'd have happily gone back up to do it again!!
Brian is a South African who is a resident in the US these days & rides a KTM 500, Kevin is from North Carolina & rides a Suzuki DR400. Kevin even has a cool little mascot on his bike!!
We finished the day riding all together & got into Monticello around 3 ish, which gave us time to find a place to stay, give the bikes a bit of a look over & even a wash... the lucky buggers!!
So another day done, some more great riding & a new bunch of people in the fold... Tomorrow is one of the highlight places of the trip for me & I'm really looking forward to getting to Moab, seeing Arches National Park & riding the White Rim... Bring it on...