Day 7 stats as listed on the hut-to-hut site:
35.6 miles, 2142′ ascent, 7473′ descent, max. elevation 10,552′
Today was a long one, a tough one for me. We added in an extra 4 miles or so by having to go down to pick up our bikes where we’d dumped them in the trees because of the muddy slog. Before we could even take them back up to the hut to begin today’s actual ride, we had to clean them. This entailed chipping and scraping off dried mud to even get the wheels to roll. And the dried mud was everywhere. Once the wheels could spin, we pushed them the 2 miles back up to the hut and finished cleaning them off there. Following breakfast and hut cleaning we hit the trail, eager to get in to Moab.
Somehow, instead of going straight down into Moab, we ended up riding up above and doing several more miles. I think there was some miscommunication about our route and, like the cattle we soon ran into, we followed along without thinking.
This ‘other’ route took us to the Kokopelli trail and added several extra miles to an already long day. We rode on with what little energy we had left and watched another thunderstorm rapidly building nearby.
Chillin’ in the beer cooler of a convenience store upon our arrival in Moab… and pretty damn happy about it.
I don’t have much to say about this day and didn’t even write anything down that night after we got in. We were busy eating, drinking, and enjoying the storm from a safe location. I will say that it was a LONG day and it got pretty toasty warm. I tried to enjoy the scenery as we cruised down through the beautiful slick rock areas outside of Moab but I was spent.