Summer 2017, Day 16: Shaare Shamayim to Lake City, CO

We awoke to a beautiful day here at Shaare Shamaim:

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B enjoyed the dog:

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I replaced the cowling for our WiFi antenna:

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We checked out the guest cabins in progress:

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The mikveh is off to a good start:

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The main house, built by hand:

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We said goodbye to our hosts and drove east and south, the road clinging to the slope overlooking the Black Canyon of the Gunnison:

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Dams along the Gunnison River have filled the canyon with reservoirs:

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The Blue Mesa Dam:

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We stopped at the visitor center for Curecanti National Recreation Area.  We had previously received the Junior Ranger badge when we visited Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park on Day 649, and this visitor center is really just a contact station for issuing boating permits, so we just stayed long enough to channel our inner NPS ranger:

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We drove south, steadily climbing until we reached Lake City, Colorado, a town of 400 at 8,600 feet above sea level.  From there, we drove west on what soon became a narrow gravel road with steep drop-offs.  We unhitched the RV in a pullout that was barely large enough, then drove up to find a pullout large enough to accommodate us.  M stayed behind to hold the spot while we recovered the RV and brought it back up.

It wasn’t the nicest dispersed camping site we’ve found, but it wasn’t bad:

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M checked out the river running through our backyard:

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Getting ready for a campfire:

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I put the off-road tires on my cyclocross bike and rode farther along the gravel road.  My first stop was a cabin built in the 1870s by local prospector Pike Snowden:

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Continuing on, the canyon opened up, providing spectacular views:

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See the alternating light blue line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Day 642: Mountain Biking Moab

This morning we loaded the mountain bikes into the truck and drove two miles south to the “Moab Brands” mountain biking area:

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The Moab Brands area (left of center) is one of many mountain biking areas in Moab:

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We decided to ride the Lazy EZ loop and Rusty Spur, then ride the longer Bar M loop:

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Lazy EZ is rated beginner-intermediate, and we did have to pay attention to avoid big rocks and climb up and over obstacles.  The connector trail to Rusty Spur was nice and flat:

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B took a fall:

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The Bar-M trail is a shared bike and ATV trail, so it’s wide and less difficult than Lazy EZ:

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Everyone had a great time!  In the afternoon, the kids rode from the RV to the Klonzo biking area and rode a few miles of trails there.

Day 593: Cycling Sedona

This morning we loaded the bikes into the truck and drove the 20 minutes or so to the Bell Rock Pathway trailhead:

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The trailhead parking lot was full, so I drove into town, parked, and rode back to the trailhead.  Not a bad backdrop for a strip mall:

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Riding the Bell Rock Pathway was surprisingly challenging in spots, and the scenery was amazing:

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We rode some singletrack on the way back:

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By the end of the ride I had bloodied an ankle, bruised a knee, and broken the clip that bolts on to the bottom of the cycling shoe.  M self extracted from his shoe an inch-long cactus thorn that went through his shoe and into his foot.  We can’t wait to go again!