Desert Pursuits Part I

Posted by on November 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm :: No Comments

Moab is a biannual habit for Jason and me. We’ve made spring and fall trips to its scarlet cliffs and exhilarating trails for many years now. Yet, Moab still surprises us with its thrills and resilient splendor. I offer our latest escapades as proof.

Klonzo's trails zig through hillsides of burning red.

Klonzo’s trails zig through hillsides of burning red.

We chose the early part of November for our Moab adventures this fall. It was a touch chilly but I’d take a jacket over the touring hordes any day.

Klonzo contains a variety of terrain, from boulders to sand.

Klonzo contains a variety of terrain, from boulders to sand.

Jason recently bought me a new bike. I love it but its giant tires and unique frame threw me for a loop a few times at Klonzo...or almost over my handlebars.

Jason recently bought me a new bike. I love it but its giant tires and unique frame threw me for a loop a few times at Klonzo…or almost over my handlebars.

Our first afternoon in Moab we biked Klonzo. Klonzo is a series of singletracks built in 2012 by the BLM. We didn’t even know it existed until we were heading down to Moab this time. At the last minute, we decided to give it a try and hallelujah for that! We relished our not-too-technical romp on its Borderline, Wahoo, and Cross Canyon Trails, winding through fiery knolls and over unyielding slickrock. We only made it five miles before pricking rain sent us pedaling back to the trailhead in a hurry but those 26,400 feet were glorious!

Jason requested some stomping at the stomping grounds.

Jason requested some stomping at the stomping grounds.

The following morning we hit another new path, this time on foot: the Dinosaur Stomping Ground Tracks. This trail leads, as its name suggests, to an area of slickrock covered with an abundance of dinosaur footprints. The route is only three miles in total and gradually ascends over meandering tongues of stone, making both the journey and its endpoint a lot of fun.

Dinosaur tracks are stamped everywhere at the Dinosaur Stomping Grounds.

Dinosaur tracks are stamped everywhere at the Dinosaur Stomping Grounds.

Jason, for some reason, really enjoys taking pictures of me taking pictures.

Jason, for some reason, really enjoys taking pictures of me taking pictures.

Next week I will divulge the details of the rest of our Moab outing. There will be blazing boilers, 4×4 slipups, and lofty ledges galore. It’s sure to be everything you’d ever want in a post about a trip you didn’t take.

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