Adventures in Moab | Mountain Biking & Hiking
So, there I was have beer with my friends and thinking about what’s going to be my next big adventure???
Here’s the deal with me, I’m addicted to adrenaline and I need a big dose of it every 3 months or so. A couple of beers goes down our throat, Nubin yells, “Let’s go mountain biking in Moab- The White Rim Trail”. A 100 miles, strenuous and most epic bike trail which will test human endurance alongside with breathtaking views of Canyon and Colorado river.
As soon as I heard that crazy idea, I was in, without giving any other thought. We immediately watched YouTube videos just to get an idea of how hard it’s going to be? Soon we realized that it’s no easy adventure and my girlfriend looks at me and ask’s, “so if you die out there, how long should I wait before looking for someone else.”
Of course she was joking, but dying out there was definitely a possibility, but doable with enough training.
We immediately started training, started off by biking on lake shore drive, slowly took a step further by training in simple trails and bike parks. After a month of training, when I thought I’m physically and mentally confident that we could do it. we booked our tickets.
Change of Plan
A week before our trip, when we contacted our bike rental shop, he expressed his concerns about the extreme heat that they have and it’s stupidity to do 100 miles in this heat. He instead suggested “The Whole Enchilda” and “The Slick Rock”, but the problem was these are “black diamond” rated trails which means they are going to be very difficult and people usually get seriously hurt doing these trails.
But we already booked everything and made up our mind, so there was no going back. Whatever happens is going to happen.
Almost Made It
Here I was waiting airport, it’s 9:00 pm and there is no sign of Nikki or Nubin. The plane has started boarding, and I stand infront of the security check hoping they can make in time and they can skip the que. Both came running and Nikki has a to-go box in her hand. Security stops her and asks, “is there liquid in this”, to which she replies, “No, there is biryani in this”
Everyone’s eyes urns towards us, exclaiming, WHAT??
A moment later, a brown guys nightmare was going to happen. I was pulled aside for additional screening. This couldn’t have happen in a worst time. They went through my bag and pulled out my protein powder and inquired what it was, and let me go. At the end of the night we barley made it through.
Driving In Darkness
I started driving from the airport and immediatly it started snowing and the curvy road wasn’t helping. No one could sleep, everyone was awake, with their eyes wide open and hoping we don’t hit anything or fall in the valley.
Let The Adventure Begin
Packed our bikes, food, and gear and started the journey to the start point via car. I could sense the fear in Nikki’s eyes as she was dropping us off..
Hugged her tightly and assured her that I’m gonna see her in 8 hours.
Bumped our fist, said “all the best” to each other and started off to the most insane journey of my life
The Whole Enchilada
The plan was single, decent 8000 feet over the course of the next 8 hours. Just a mile into the trail, I started sweating and could feel the altitude and dehydration. We made some pitstops along the to capture some incredible moments and videos. Along the way, we saw some professionals how were surpassing us as if they don’t give a DAMN. Shit, they were really good at this.
After 8 hours of intense workout and sunburn, we at last made it to the end of the trail where Nikki was waiting for us.
Slick Rock – Asking More
As if the last day’s adventure wasn’t brutal enough, we planned to go to another trail, which is quite different from the previous one – THE SLICK ROCK.
There’s no traditional ground or route you just have to follow the rocks, there are slippery, inclined and dangerous.
If You Think It’s Over – It’s Not
All two days Nikki was siting alone and not doing much, time to make her happy. We went to my favorite hikes of all time – Delicate Arch. It’s in the Arches National Park, took around 5 miles and 2 hours in extreme heat to enjoy this mind blogging structure.
Drive to Paradise – Dead Horse Shoe Point
We have a 6-hour journey ahead of us, but we couldn’t go back without checking out this beautiful landscape. The Colorado river splits the landscape into this spectacular eye candy sight.
You Drive- No you Drive
As a teenager, we fight to drive but as we grow older, we fight not to drive.
We were tired from all the driving, biking and hiking and now no one wants to drive. Nubin drove the the first half of the journey, and I slept/ drove until Denver.
With another adventure crossing of y bucket list, time to think about the next adventure.
You got any ideas??