When I planned our route through
Colorado I read about a thing called White Rim Trail. Stunning
nature, adventurous riding and not too many people there. That
sounded like something I wanted to explore. When I told Uli about it
he was all in and offered himself as a guide. Great! He knew the area
inside out and had been riding the White Rim Trail already many
We left Grand Junction with some slight
delay, stopped at Fruita to get me a WTF sticker and continued nice
roads via Cisco and along the river to Moab. We did not stop in the
beautiful river valley for any pictures since the mission was to ride
|Short break in Cisco ...|
|Cisco (Ghost town)|
Refueling in Moab and off we go via
Potash trail to see how it goes. We had some bumpy roads in
West-Africa, but other than that I rode the sidecar mostly on graded
gravel with some mud road sections here and there. This was new territory for me!
|Wolfi - go there ... and don't fall (Photo by Uli)|
|Uli - you, too!|
|Uli went into action photographer mode - thanks man, I like that one! (Photo by Uli)|
We arrived at the T-section of White
Rim trail and Potash trail and Uli's comment was that I am so darn
slow with the sidecar :D The first five miles of the road to
Musselman Arch were very easy. However right after Musselman Arch the
more adventurous part of the trail started and I went on for a few
hundred meters just to see how fast I could go.
We enjoyed the scenic views and had
lunch. It was now 13 o'clock, riding with the sidecar on the trail
would be possible. With that short test ride we estimated that it
would take me many hours before I would be able to complete the
entire trail (I stress the “I” here, because Uli was riding so
much faster compared to me). Then we would have to head back to Uli's
house and the poor guy had to go to work the next morning. I agreed
with Uli's suggestion to let it go, ride back to Moab via Shafer
Canyon road and being able to enjoy more of those stunning views
without being stressed of finishing the trail. The Shafer Canyon Road was fun and
obviously again the road was well maintained.
|Shafer Road ahead|
We arrived at his house a bit after
sunset. Skippy had made some food and we watched the pictures of the
day with a few beers :) A great day!
|Our track - 450km|
If I would attempt WRT again, I would
need to start before sunrise and right away from Moab. It certainly
would not be fun to ride the trail when its dark. I would also unload all what is not really required and make the bike as light as possible (had far too much nonsense with).
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