Yesterday, I took a day off work and went for a ride before the weather changed today. After tonight, most of the mountain trails will be impassible for a while, and quite possibly, until spring.
There's a "road" called Skyline Drive in Central/Northern Utah. It runs north and south for a total of 100 miles from Highway 6 to I-70. There's only a 3-4 mile connecting stretch of pavement, and the rest is dirt! Most of the road is at or above 9,000 ft elevation with the highest point being 10,897 feet.
Here's a link with more information about it, if you're interested in the history.
Because of the distance, I didn't have enough time to do the entire round trip of 200 miles. I had to drive an hour and a half one way with the TW in the back of the '96 Tacoma to get to the trail head.
When it was all said and done, I had ridden 160 miles of dirt over the course of 8 hours with the only stops being to take pictures, eat an apple, and stretch my aching knees and back once I got to I-70. It was a long, but recharging day.
After the first couple miles of smooth graded dirt, you come across this sign.
The fun begins!
More pics to come...