Getting close. Every sign to Moab was dotted with cycling related stickers.
Nathan picked up the wrong tee-shirt that morning. He meant to get the Captain Morgan's Rum shirt.
The lonely road into Moab.
Fisher Towers with the La Sal Mountains in the background.
Downtown Moab from the restaurant on the first day. The guy built this house (now a "fine dining" experience) based on the Moab Uranium boom in the 50's. Fine dining in Moab meant putting on your least dusty pair of hiking boots and a clean tee shirt. Both of which are hard to find.
My ever so patient and awesome wife on her first serious mountain bike ride.
It's steeper than it looks. Seriously.
What's that cracking and popping noise behind me?
The bridges with some perspective to size.
Aspen trees before our 4,000 foot descent on the Kokopelli, LPS, and Porcupine rim trails. The leaves are just now beginning to show up at that altitude.
Brr.. The Lasal mountain Range is still covered in snow. Nevermind the 30mph wind.
The temperature just before we started off on the greatest and most terrifying ride I have ever been on. I had dreams of falling off cliffs after this one.
Good overlooks were literally part of the trail. There were plenty of places where if you missed the line to the right and crashed, you would have time to think about things before you hit bottom.
This stepladder was actually part of the trail. This is the best ending that could possibly have come from me trying to actually ride this portion of the trail.
Nathan used the rock beside his head as a brake. That is going to leave a mark.
Delicate Arch looking up.
Cactisarus Rex may have won this time...I'll be back.
Hurrah Pass by moonlight. I set up the camera for a 30 second exposure on the hood of the car. All the light on the mesa is coming from moonlight. The big spot in the image is Venus, and you can see how much the stars move in 30 seconds.
Part of the White Rim Trail that stretches 100+ miles around the mesas.
The Desert in Bloom
White Rim Trail from the top.
The switchbacks down to the White Rim Trail. It's steeper than it looks. From this angle, it's really quite tame looking...don't you think? I'm on the bike on the right.
Without a tripod this composite set of images don't line up very well, but it will serve to give you perspective of how much area these switchbacks covered. I used an 18mm wide angle lens and it still took 4 shots to get it all.
I wonder why they call it White Rim? This shot has been used in so many movies...
Jeff Keck (A photographer I met on the trail) took this shot. I was keeping up with his jeep for a while. A seriously hard ride, but fun.
This tree was feeling better than I was in the 90 degree oven of the canyon. 50 miles on that trail was getting to me after a while. Zero shade.
More of the White Rim Trail.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Keck.
Please check his other works out here: http://jdkeck.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Utah/2007-Zion-Bryce-and-Grand/3713724_BwSZN#226263978_ZdY9T
Potash Salt evaporation ponds. They mine the salt from the surrounding cliffs and dye the water blue to speed up the evaporation process.
Jug Handle Arch. There are more than 2000 arches in this part of Utah.
Cactus in bloom.
I wonder if the rental agency was surprised at the dirt in the car after we specifically asked for a 4 wheel drive truck?
I want one. Period...
Climbing through Crawlthrough Arch. I officially re-named it "Claustrophobia Arch"
They call it Skull Arch. I have also officially renamed this one "The Nostrils"
The Windows in Arches National Park
That is a jeep road down there. Only about 3 feet from the rock ledge I was standing on to the rather certain death on the left of the trail.
Salt dried on the tops of rocks in a local creek.
Sunset in Arches National Park