Moab, 2017 Edition

 Intrepid Trail, Deadhorse State Park.

Intrepid Trail, Deadhorse State Park.

 Big Chief Trail, Deadhorse State Park.

Big Chief Trail, Deadhorse State Park.

 Cross Canyon trail, Klonzo North trail system.

Cross Canyon trail, Klonzo North trail system.

 We went to the Outerbike Moab bike festival, tried some great bikes and scored some nice swag!

We went to the Outerbike Moab bike festival, tried some great bikes and scored some nice swag!

 Demoing bikes at the Outerbike festival. Riding North 40 in the Moab Brand (Bar M) trail system.

Demoing bikes at the Outerbike festival. Riding North 40 in the Moab Brand (Bar M) trail system.

 Circle-O trail, Moab Brand trail system.

Circle-O trail, Moab Brand trail system.

 Bull run trail (Mag 7 trail system).

Bull run trail (Mag 7 trail system).

 Bull run trail (Mag 7 trail system).

Bull run trail (Mag 7 trail system).

 Gemini Bridges Rd.

Gemini Bridges Rd.

 Beautiful campsite among the boulders (only accessible for short 4 X 4 high clearance rigs). I posted it  here on Campendium  if you'd like the coordinates.

Beautiful campsite among the boulders (only accessible for short 4 X 4 high clearance rigs). I posted it here on Campendium if you'd like the coordinates.

 View from Gemini Bridges Rd.

View from Gemini Bridges Rd.

 Driving on Gemini Bridges Rd.

Driving on Gemini Bridges Rd.

 Rocky Tops trail (Navajo Rocks trail system).

Rocky Tops trail (Navajo Rocks trail system).

 Rocky Tops trail (Navajo Rocks trail system).

Rocky Tops trail (Navajo Rocks trail system).

 Ramblin trail (Navajo Rocks trail system).

Ramblin trail (Navajo Rocks trail system).

 Chisholm trail (Horsethief trail system).

Chisholm trail (Horsethief trail system).

 Big Mesa trail (Navajo Rocks trail system).

Big Mesa trail (Navajo Rocks trail system).

 Big Mesa trail (Navajo Rocks trail system)

Big Mesa trail (Navajo Rocks trail system)

 Big Mesa trail (Navajo Rocks trail system)

Big Mesa trail (Navajo Rocks trail system)

 Trying to play the trumpet with Stéphane.

Trying to play the trumpet with Stéphane.

 Our beautiful campsite on Dalton Wells Rd.

Our beautiful campsite on Dalton Wells Rd.

I've already written a lot about Moab since it is our 4th time here (I published a long post containing lots of practical info last year), but we still had a long list of trails to ride. We stayed in Moab 3 weeks this year and rode almost daily, so we checked pretty much our whole bucket list! The Navajo Rocks sector blew our mind (Big Mesa was a favorite) as well as Bull Run (Mag 7).

We went back to Milt's as is our tradition for the girls birthday now and discovered that the food is much better if you eat inside than outside (that was the Milt's we knew from 5 years ago - we had been disappointed in the quality of the food in the last few years). The space inside is very limited (a snack bar counter and two tables, but it's well worth waiting at the back door for a party to leave - it is still much faster than doing the line outside and waiting 45 min to be served).

We drove the whole Gemini Bridges Rd in the Westy. This year, we ended up staying on Dalton Wells Road since Willow Springs was very crowded. We found a great spot off the main road along some beautiful green cliffs. It gets pretty windy on those flats sometimes, but there's no avoiding it in that area. Just keep your awnings in check.

We also discovered a great place to get awesome espresso without having to wait in line at Moab Espresso and Gelato, it's a little bike shop café called Bike Fiend

We spent a lot of time at the Poison Spider bike shop since our bikes got damaged just before we got to Moab when a trucker backed up in our Westy while we were parked in a truck stop to cook dinner one night. Lucky for us, the trucker's insurance company was great and covered all the damages and bike rentals while the bikes were getting fixed (JF got a brand new bike). We had great service and if ever you need anything while in town, go see Russell, one of the managers, he's really an awesome person!