One of the first things I wanted to do in Moab was to give the Top of the World Trail a shot. Unfortunately, I had to bail near the end, as my crappy tire and poor skills didn't seem like a good combination to take on a difficult obstacle alone.
The views from the Top of the World were beautiful nonetheless.
The bike wanted to take a break, so I let it and joined in for a quick nap.
The rocks in this part of the world often light up at sunset as if they were glowing from within. A photograph can not do it jusice.
Taking on Fins and Things Trail with my crappy rear tire.
Yup. This caused me to wipe out pretty bad in a sandy obstacle once. It got replaced the next day.
As the sun was going down, I had difficulty orienting myself to the trail. Even then, I risked the time to take shots like this, but got out before daylight was gone.
The Colorado river on the road out of Moab to Colorado. The only other car I saw was a tourist to stopped to ask permission if he could take a picture from my same spot. "I don't own the view, it's yours too".
... and my bike's.
This picture from an overlook in Arches National Park is one of my favorites because it showcases a lot of the variety of formations you'll see in Southern Utah.
Arches National Park.
A friend of my CouchSurfing host visited from Colorado. She had packed her mountain bike, so I rented one and took on Slickrock Trail with her.
The new modern full suspension mountain bikes are absolutely amazing. I vowed to upgrade mine someday.
An amazing free camp site off the Colorado river in a canyon. Since it was the "off season" there was little competition over these prime real estates.
Arches in progress. See you in a few million years guys.
A really good dirt road that started at the bottom of this canyon...
... then walked it's way all the way up to this view. If you look close in the lower left, you can see the road.
A friend and I guaged if we could jump over to the next rock. We both chickened out.
Unfortunately the White Rim Trail was closed for entrance by the place where you had to buy tickets. They wanted us to enter a few hours ride away on the other side, which was too late in the day.
Canyonlands National Park
An arch in Canyonlands National Park.
Watching the sunset from a high vantage in Canyonlands.
Here you can see the scale of things. That edge of the canyon extended at least four more times down from what you can see here.
In Arches National Park, we went for a very cold sunrise ride to catch this photo. I was the only one on this side as about a dozen other photographers clicked away on the inside.
Riding Lockheart Basin Trail to exit Moab, I had gotten turned around a number of times to dead ends from people who went off track. Their tracks often ended in unique places like this.
It was very frustrating to know that I was wasting the entire afternoon chasing jeep tracks to dead ends, but the close intimacy with the rocks was worth it. I vow to complete this trail once I can get a proper GPS unit.