We drove up Sunday and spent Sunday afternoon in Arches National Park. It was quite hot and I was astonished at how ill-prepared people were. A 16 oz bottle of water isn't going to cut it folks.
And we descended into a rainy canyon(Canyonlands National Park) on Monday morning.
Snack break - there were many, many snack breaks.
The views are breath-taking!
Suited up for a little rain.
I mean...can you even stand this view - it's just incredible!
We climbed down into a slot canyon from the trail and relaxed in the shade for a bit.
Support your national parks...they are pretty amazing!
Our tent, our view the first night! After 3 nights of setting up and tearing down camp, I was about done with that task. We have some incredible sleeping pads so our sleep wasn't too bad.
God's creation. Just spectacular!
Mike was usually in front of me so I never got a lot of pictures of him riding - this was the last day when his knee was shot so it was more my pace. (for the record, his knee is back to normal)
We took a break and hiked up to a historic Native American grainery.(on the left side of pic) Again - spectacular!
That little blue dot is me climbing and climbing and climbing. There are about 4-5 major climbs. They are relatively short-lived but they are intense. My tactic was to ride as far as could up the climb until I basically fell over or starting sliding, then I'd walk to spot I could get back on my bike, ride as far as I could and repeat until I collapsed at the top of the climb.
A fantastic trip! I could do this trip every year and be happy. It's painful at times but the rewards of scenery and accomplishment are priceless!