March 5, 2021

After roughly 5 years in Colorado I finally took my first trip out to the Utah desert—Moab, specifically. I've been riding bikes for decades, but it was only in recent years that I took up mountain biking. Long story short, I love it. It's a much different challenge than gravel/road cycling, and the places that I can explore have widened greatly.

Outside of mountain biking in Moab, I also got to explore some gravel and BLM roads. I recently picked up a rooftop tent, and have slowly been organizing my camping gear so that I can live more comfortably on short trips to ride bikes in and around my area.

Klondike Trail System MTB

Ride stats: 10mi / 1066ft elevation / 1:24 elapsed time / 1:12 moving time

I left home at around 5am on Friday and arrived in Grand Junction at 9am. After a quick stop at REI to pick up some forgotten items I made my way to the Klondike Bluffs Trail System in northern Moab.

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This system has fantastic views of the La Sal mountain range and the weather could not have been more perfect. Temperatures hovered around 60°F (15°C), with clear blue skies and no wind. I'd certainly recommend riding the Alaska trail which skirts the rim at the for east of the Klondike Bluffs.

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View from the top of Alaska.

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Gemini Bridges Road

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After my ride I had planned to drive Gemini Bridges Road and setup camp, on the route. I packed up the truck and after a quick check-in phone call with my wife I drove to the trailhead and aired down the tires in the truck to make for a smoother trip.

This road is incredibly gorgeous, however I was starting my journey rather late on a Friday and should have known that most campsites would have been taken—which they all were. Next time I visit this area I'm planning to go mid-week so that I can hopefully secure one of the 5 beautiful campsites that are hidden in Bride Canyon.

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There were quite a few cyclists on the road and I only drove passed a few other vehicles. The road was perfectly dry, however the sand is loose at points so riding in on a gravel bike doesn't seem all that exciting.

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