Now that we’re on the other side of the winter solstice, I’m already thinking about longer days and springtime adventures. Yes, I know it’s only January right now and we still have a long way to go. But in about a month or so Moab will start getting warmer, and that is something every Coloradoan who lives in the mountains is dreaming about.
(If you missed part 1 – click here)
After our run, we went back to our campsite, made dinner and went to bed early. Unfortunately for us it was spring break for CSU and they were partying hard a few campsites over. But the sun and the run were enough to knock us out and we were in bed around 9pm.
The next morning we woke up early, made breakfast and hit the road to Sovereign Trail. We parked at the north trailhead and planned to ride down an ATV road to the south side of Salt Wash Trail, ride Salt Wash north to one of the links and then ride Sovereign downhill. We had Shea with us again though and wanted to try and keep it short and sweet because the forecast was hotter than the day before.
We missed a turn on the ATV trail and decided to just keep moving to the north end of the trails and we would ride Sovereign downhill until the the second to last link and then take an ATV trail back to the car.
The first uphill section was really hard! We both walked our bikes for most of it. There were huge rocks and tight squeezes with a risky drop of on the letf. I’m not the best mountain biker in the world so I was hoping the whole trail wasn’t going to be this hard. We reached the crest of the hill and the first link. We stayed straight on Sovereign Trail and in less than a half mile we were at the top of the mesa. The view was gorgeous so we took a break to eat and drink some water.
The next section was really fun with some little rock drops and more downhill. We rounded the mesa and saw signs for double black diamonds. The downhill from the mesa was tight switchbacks next to some big rocks and serious drop offs. It would be so awesome to watch someone rip down it though. Matt thought about it but didn’t make it too far before decided that walking was probably a better idea.
At the bottom we hit another link, took another short break and talked to family who was crossing the intersection looking for the road. We stayed on Sovereign and climbed another mesa through more hike-a-bike sections. The final downhill on Sovereign was excellent and ended at the second to last link where we took a right onto the ATV trail.
We got lost on the ATV trail for a few seconds because we missed a very obvious sign but figured it out quickly and turned around. The ATV trail to the car was sandy as hell but we made it back in the hottest part of the day.
After eating some lunch and taking a short nap, we decided to hike up Poison Spider 4×4 trail and watch the sunset. It was a beautiful place to spend our last night before heading home early the next morning.
This time of year at work in the ski industry, you can get fairly beat down trying to keep up with the fast pace at work. Dealing with the smallest issues can set you off. I’ve just been feeling like I needed a vacation. The weather has been rapidly getting warmer and so I checked the weather for Moab last week on a whim, and the forecast was for 70-80 degree temps! I asked Matt if he wanted to go and of course he said yes.
Last year around the same time we went to Moab in similar fashion, leave work and drive to Utah. This year at least we left work earlier (last year we started a 3.5 hour drive at 11pm. After a mild catastrophe at work for me on Sunday I was ready to get the hell out of dodge. We left work at 2pm, went home, packed the car and took off!
We arrived in Moab around 8:30pm and drove straight to our favorite campground on Potash Road and it was full, so we tried River Road, everywhere was full. We thought about sleeping in the car, but realized that if we wanted to be rested to run on Monday, sleeping in the car was going to suck, plus where? We were both exhausted and decided on biting the bullet and getting a hotel room. Luckily Motel 6 allows and dogs at no extra charge, so we bought a room for $80 and got a decent night’s sleep.
In the morning we went and got breakfast in town and then decided it might be a good time to look for a campsite. We went back to our favorite spot and found one site open. We snagged it, set up our tent and headed out for a run.
After much speculation on location and length we decided on the Mag 7 trails north west of town. We biked there last year so we relatively knew the trails. After getting lost and driving down the wrong road for a few miles we finally found the trail head. We started out on Bull Run trail and were so excited to run on dry trails in warm weather.
The views and the trails melted away all my work stress instantly. It was just what I needed, warm weather and beautiful scenery all around! The Mag 7 trail system is fairly new and encompasses slickrock and sandy sections. It’s up above Moab with a clear view of the La Sal mountains to the south east.
We started a little later in the morning and it was already starting to get hot. We stopped every 30-45 minutes to eat and give Shea water and shade. She is such a trooper, with that thick black fur she was hot at times, but excited to be out running with us.
We ran all of Bull Run trail, crossed over Gemini Bridges road and eventually got to the junction of the Getaway trail. We followed this trail to the end and then ran the rest of the way up the road to the car. It was such a fun, beautiful run and has me really excited for running season!
This past weekend, was the race I had been training for all summer. My first half marathon in beautiful Moab, Utah. My mom also came to visit which was a lot of fun to have her here for my race. On Friday morning Matt and I took some quick turns at Keystone for Opening Day and then loaded up the car and took off for Utah. Continue reading “Moab Trail Half Marathon”