We finally got to escape Albuquerque for a few days to head up to Moab, Utah for a much-needed break from homework and double poling. I always get very excited when we start heading North, especially when our destination is so close to home (just four hours from Park City!). We had an uneventful drive up and found a sweet campsite at Sandflats, close to Slickrock trailhead. The first thing we did after setting up camp was ride Slickrock, which is an awesome kind of trail unique to Southern Utah. The entire trail is on smooth sandstone with rapid climbs and descents. Tires can grip the rock much better than dirt, which allows you to ride much steeper terrain than normal. Despite a myriad of mechanicals, we made it around the loop, had a good time doing it, and got to watch a beautiful sunset on the rocks. I could already feel the stress of school leaving me, and I couldn’t stop smiling. We rode home, made dinner and chatted by the campfire. It’s always fun to hang out with the alpine team, since we have such different, busy schedules normally.
The plan for the next day was a big one- riding the Whole Enchilada. This is a 34-mile, technical trail that descends from the La Sal mountains to Porcupine Rim and down to the Colorado River. It crosses a variety of landscapes, from high mountain passes to aspen glades to classic Moab red rock, and the whole thing is quite technical. The Nordic girls made plans to go on a roll-run on the great bike paths around town, and the rest of us packed up lots of snacks and water and set out. The ride was beautiful and I highly suggest it to anyone looking for a good adventure.
The next day we got up early and drove into Arches National Park for a run before going home. We spent two hours wandering sandstone canyons and checking out cool arches. It felt great to be out of the city exploring and running around, and it gave me extra appreciation for my sport- we can play all weekend and call it training.
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