Due to recent rain the shuttle driver wouldn't take us to the usual drop off point on Burro Pass, as he said the mud would cake to our tires and make our day miserable. I decided to pedal up the trail from the drop off point until the caking happened, in order to get more riding in because I was pretty bummed at the prospect of not getting to do the WHOLE Enchilada.
|Our drop off point, maybe 2/3 to the top of the WE.|
Eventually I popped out into a wide open cow pasture and found myself climbing a rad weaving trail with lots of rock pile type jumps built up on the side. This turned into more weaving through trees but this time it was bright yellow aspens, who had shed half their leaves on the trail like confetti. I couldn't help stopping to take pictures every 3 minutes, thinking I would get the picture taking out on the way up so I wouldn't have to stop on the way down (how wrong I was, the views on the way down were incredible in a whole different way). I even went so far as to take my right glove off permanently because unlocking my phone was easier with my bare thumb.
|This is what I always knew fall looked like, but have never experienced before this trip.|
|This picture doesn't do the scenery justice because the low clouds drowned out the color in the picture. In real life it was an unbelievable sight.|
|I have no idea why this sign is backwards!|
|Yeah, so I stopped a lot to take pictures on the way down too :) This view was much more vibrant in real life... dang cell phone camera can't handle nature's glory!|
|This is the view I couldn't keep my eyes off of, which made me almost crash a lot. How is this place even real? And how is there a mtb trail where I get to see this amazing view!?|
And I finished the ride right as Brendan wrapped up his Outerbike demo-ing making it the perfect first day in Moab.