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    MOAB - Eeaassyy, fun mountain bike rides?

    MOAB - Eeaassyy, fun mountain bike rides?

    My wife (68) and I (66) will be going to Moab May 19th for a few days.

    We are interested in some easy, scenic mountain bike trails.

    My wife has a bum knee and is recovering from a severe case of post-herpetic-neuralgia (shingles) which means a lot of pain at some times.

    Nevertheless, she is capable of a 15-20 mile level ride, and can do a bit of hills.

    So, what suggestions might someone have for the Moab, UT area?

    I have done a lot of internet searching and the Hurrah Pass trail keeps coming up, along withe the Bar M Loop.

    Any thoughts greatly appreciated! We will be riding Specialized Hardrocks with no suspension. I have about 25-30,000 miles of riding the past few years, and she probably has about 5,000. We have adequate water and other stuff, and ride with a rack and small panniers for equipment.
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    I'd contact Scott at poison spider , www.poisonspiderbicycles.com . He runs the shop and is very helpful and friendly .

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht
    I'd contact Scott at poison spider , www.poisonspiderbicycles.com . He runs the shop and is very helpful and friendly .
    Thanks, I will do that.
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    Perhaps you two might want to consider renting some bikes with suspension? Moab is filled with shops that can accomodate you. Slickrock is a very unforgiving surface and you may enjoy your ride time with a little bit of suspension between you and the terrain.
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    When you call up poison spider ask them about a trail called Sovereign Trail. I did it the last day of my trip when I was there a couple of years ago. From what I recall it was the easiest trail out there. It was also the only true "singletrack" trail.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterThisNap
    Perhaps you two might want to consider renting some bikes with suspension? Moab is filled with shops that can accomodate you. Slickrock is a very unforgiving surface and you may enjoy your ride time with a little bit of suspension between you and the terrain.
    Thanks, but we will not be on the slickrock. We are looking primarily at gravel roads and trails and even paved roads less used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel
    When you call up poison spider ask them about a trail called Sovereign Trail. I did it the last day of my trip when I was there a couple of years ago. From what I recall it was the easiest trail out there. It was also the only true "singletrack" trail.
    Thanks - I did email Spider already. If/when he responds I will ask about Sovereign. It has not turned up on any of my searches to date, and I will try now to see if I can Google it.

    [EDIT]

    It did turn up, but I had disregarded it due to its classification as technically moderate/difficult, and physically challenging, which is way out of our range.

    SOVEREIGN SINGLETRACK


    Trailheads: Willow Springs Rd (most popular), Dalton Wells Rd, Archview Campground (primarily OHVs) 11-13 miles north of Moab on Hwy 191.
    Difficulty: Physically challenging, technically moderate/difficult
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    If you have yet to vernture over to, mtbr.com forums, there is about 3 people a week posting there about their trips to MOAB. I'm sure if you don't find what you are looking for here, they will easily be able to help you.

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattP.
    If you have yet to vernture over to, mtbr.com forums, there is about 3 people a week posting there about their trips to MOAB. I'm sure if you don't find what you are looking for here, they will easily be able to help you.

    Matt
    Thanks, I do have a PM and EMail into MoabRider, who helped me plan a trip we ultimately couldn't make in November, due to my wife's Shingles and my recovery from a heart procedure.

    I would guess the mtbr.com forums would be pretty technical, but will definitely check things out there. So far, their server has been so slow I can't get to the discussion groups.

    Here are some I have found promising:

    http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/flatiron.htm

    http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/bar-M-loop.htm

    http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/hurrah.htm

    http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/onion.htm

    Anyone ridden these?

    All-in-all there seem to be a lot of things to do in Moab and surrounding areas, even if we don't get a lot of biking. Also, as a last resort, there is a nice (but short) bicycle trail through the town, which we rode when we stayed one night there a couple of years ago.
    Last edited by DnvrFox; 05-06-06 at 05:58 AM.
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