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Come on spring, hurry up! Since my wish didn't come true 30 seconds after I typed the previous sentence (wish, hope, dream...) I'll go ahead and post my last Winter Doldrum video.
Last section riding of the day. After riding the Poison Spider Loop section, we then headed down the main trail to the Poison Spider Trailhead where we ended our trail ride for the day and headed back to camp.

 

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Another great video. Interesting to see someone else's perspective of the trail.
That section was the worst part of the days ride. We should try going up it this time and do the loop in reverse.
A bit more challenging:eek:
 

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Yep ^^^^ I left the group when they started to do the PS loop because I was just so fatigued and just wanted to get back to camp. Had not ridden or done any exercise for six months prior to the Moab trip. BIG mistake. I fell so many times going down that section, I was just gonna lay there till somebody showed up to pick my bike up. Even after getting back on pavement, I could not make it all the way back to camp without taking a break (or two).
 

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Remind me to give that particular trail a miss .....
You just need to start working out. As I said before start doing squats.
When I was there, this last October, a father with his som and daughter was using this trail to teach them how to ride rough terrain.
The children were on 80cc bikes.
 

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Admittedly riding Moab's Jeep Trails are tiring, but being in shape sure helps.
More squats, less sloth for the next month!
Camp is around 4,500 feet ( 1,370m) and some rides will take us a mile high (1,600m) or more above sea level. Some find elevation changes affect stamina and sleep initially so some conditioning beforehand is wise. Some like a good after-ride snake oil tincture. snake oil.jpg
And if that doesn't work there is always this local favorite: Lable_EmbalminFluid__91315_grande.jpeg
Nothing wrong with starting easy to re-build skills and confidence on the bike after winter's hibernation.
 

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Another great video. Interesting to see someone else's perspective of the trail.
That section was the worst part of the days ride. We should try going up it this time and do the loop in reverse.
A bit more challenging:eek:
I actually thought this final section wasn't that bad. There are probably pro's and cons of going either direction. I went with Bodi's suggestion of going in this direction because of "The Waterfall". Of course, we helped each other down this section and it was easy this way. I actually thought the "silver crack" as I call it well past the real Golden Crack was the most difficult obstacle, especially with no help. It's very disheartening that you ejfranz and knobby made it up this step on your own and the rest of us needed your help! hahaha. No really, we needed your help.

After Gold Bar Rim and Golden Spike trails, I actually got my sea legs and had fun on Poison Spiker. I may rethink that if we do it in reverse!:eek:
 

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Remind me to give that particular trail a miss .....
It took me 3 Moabs before I got the nerve to try it. Most of my riding struggles came on the Gold Bar Rim trail for some reason. I just didn't "feel it" yet. Once we transitioned to the Golden Spike trail I was feeling more comfortable/confident (except for the "silver crack" area).

Like feeding too much on holiday food, I said I would ride these trails again. Been there done that. However, now that time has passed, I'm ready to ride it again.

For the record, I'm glad I waited for year 3 to try these trails. I got to be a better rider each year prior and for the most part, I did ok as an intermediate rider. Expert riders think these trails are cake (easy) but I still will treat them as difficult.
 

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Yep ^^^^ I left the group when they started to do the PS loop because I was just so fatigued and just wanted to get back to camp. Had not ridden or done any exercise for six months prior to the Moab trip. BIG mistake. I fell so many times going down that section, I was just gonna lay there till somebody showed up to pick my bike up. Even after getting back on pavement, I could not make it all the way back to camp without taking a break (or two).
While I had a ton of fun on the trails, I was still very sore, so I get it! Besides getting in pre-ride shape (for anywhere, not just Moab), I have a pretty good after ride regimen I subscribe to help in post-ride recovery. While some may say it's "embalming fluid" as Fred suggests, I assure you it is not but does the trick. Ask ejfranz! :D
(not apple juice)
 

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Looking at the videos, it’s not the “technical difficulty” that worries me, though perhaps it should. We often overestimate our abilities. The thing is, yes, I’ve been through worse and come out in one piece, but given the length of that trail, it would seem I would likely come out of it “shaken, not stirred”

On a standard TW set-up such as I’m used to, with no improvements as to suspension, the bike is such a “bone shaker” over the rocks, that I’d be cursing after the first hour or so. Sure, I’m not expecting a comfortable ride, but over rough rock ground the TW is the worst bike I’ve ever had. Hopefully, the “Bee” will be better in that respect

We have a few “roads” on the Island that compare, mostly sunken (and uneven) rocks the size of cannonballs, the only thing that can survive as a road given the environment. Half a mile down those roads, and you end up coming back on yourself – maybe a mile in total. Always shakes me up, mostly on the shoulder joints. A case of the upper body joints trying to make up for the lack of front suspension

But – I’m built for endurance (if nothing else), and if I had a good reason to take that (or any other trail), I’m confident I’d be fine. Might take a few miles the next day to loosen up a bit – lol – but heck, we all go through that stuff, we ‘aint getting any younger

Reminds me of a comment from earlier years on visiting Moab – “Take the easier trails first, and don’t go diving in at the deep end on the first day”

Makes sense to me ……..
 
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