50 mile bike ride...

mhambi Posted By mhambi, Aug 29, 2011 at 8:41 PM

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  1. mhambi

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    And all I could think about was all that firewood I was passing... :lol:

    A buddy talked me into going riding with him. The first 10 miles go from 6000' to 10000' The middle 30 miles are up and down, but never below 9500'. The last 10 miles were the 'funnest' being all downhill from 11500' to 5500'. Trip about killed me, but I survived!

    Lots of snow up top still. Crazy for mid August

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    Views and more climbing. As tough as it was... Pretty country to be riding in.

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    On top the road becomes 'less developed' and is more like a jeep trail. This section had several landslides that had closed the road, but we were able to walk through them.

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    The worst climb in the middle section. It seemed like it went on FOREVER. Starting at 9500' and you end up at 11000'.

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  2. mhambi

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    A couple more... another portion of the road was still closed by this snow bank. Walking across it with a bike was a little sketchy.

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    Wide open spaces... way up high.

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    Finally on the way back down...

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  3. Badfish740

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    Wow-where is this exactly?
     
  4. mhambi

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    Started just outside of Fairview, UT - It's a portion of a 120 mile trail known as the Skyline Drive.

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  5. Badfish740

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    Well that's going on my list of places to visit. Is it open to vehicles for truck camping, etc...? Is it public land? I am only just beginning to learn more about the vast lands out West. Here in the East spaces that large are either privately held by timber interests (Great North Woods, etc...) or National Parks.
     
  6. mhambi

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    Yes and yes. Here's some more info on the area.

    http://www.expeditionutah.com/featured-trails/skyline-drive-utah/



    I can vouch for the fishing on Fish Creek and Gooseberry Res from the 'Fishing Map' in the above link... :lol:

    Here's a pic I took of Gooseberry last time I was there.

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    Fairview is about 10 miles from my house... If you make it out here, let me know... dinner's on me.
     
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    Wow! Fantastic pics . . . thanks for sharing . . . stunningly beautiful!
     
  8. Backwoods Savage

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    mhambi, thanks for posting those pictures. This is an area where we have not yet gone but hopefully some day will be able to. Looks like a dandy bike ride too. Good for you for taking that route.
     
  9. tfdchief

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    Beautiful country. Are ATV's allowed on the trail? It looks like a pair in the background of one picture.
     
  10. Backwoods Savage

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    My understanding is that Utah has the best trails and rules for atvs as any place in the States.
     
  11. gzecc

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    Professional photographer, or very experienced amature?
     
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    Awesome shot. That is picture perfect.
     
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    Very beautiful country there! With an elevation that high was it difficult to breathe with the lower oxygen content ?

    Ray
     
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    Beautiful area. All I can picture is skiing down those ridges... Awesome!!!.
     
  16. mhambi

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    Yes, ATVs are allowed! Skyline Drive is part of the 'Arapeen Trail', which has over 350 miles of roads/trails to ride. It also connects to the Great Western Trail system and the Piute ATV Trail System, for more dirt track than I think you'd ever care to ride... :)

    Lucky blind squirrel? Even they find an acorn once in a while. :lol: I love photography, and once in a while get it right. Not often enough though...

    I could breath fine, and didn't notice getting 'winded' faster, but I really felt it in my muscles - they tired MUCH faster than normal. And here I was hoping it was going to be easier because there was less wind resistance!

    Come on out! Lots of good places for backcountry skiing. Skyline has also kind of become the 'Mecca' of winter kiteboarding... so bring your kite too! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ3QU5QLJ3A
    Plus, all those ATV trails are snowmobile trails in the winter!

    Ok... I'll end my chamber of commerce ad now. LOL
     
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