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Desert Southwest Trip 2010: Day 3, Moab Utah

Day 3 – May 30, 2010 – Moab, UT Amasa Back Mountain Biking
Our final day of this year’s trip started out in an old, almost totally abandoned town of Green River, Utah. On the east side of town were numerous hotels and a couple restaurants. Cross the actual Green River to the west side of town and it was a bunch of old abandon buildings of days gone by. Just for smiles and giggles we cruised on west on I70 a few miles to check out some gnarly scenery.  Other than Glenwood Canyon, this section of I70 was by far the best I had ever seen. Giant rocks and rolling red rock country almost seemed like Canyon Lands. This stretch is even complete with a sign that says “No Services Next 110 Miles”. [click on the photos for a better size]
Side note/question: I shoot most of my photos in 16:9 wide angle format. WordPress squishes everything back to standard. Anyone know how to fix that without resizing everything I want to share??

Abandon Hotel in Green River UT

An abandon hotel in Green River, Utah. A common site.

This sign was just past the "No Services for 110 Miles Sign"...

Interstate 70 Scenery

Interstate 70 Scenery

I70 Cuts Through Red Rocks

Interstate 70 Near Green River Utah

And some lighter rock as well

Once we got enough of I70 we headed back to Moab to ride Amasa Back. On the way I stopped to get a few updated shots of the famed Moab uranium pile. Recently the feds have started listening to California’s cries of contaminated water and have started cleanup and moving the pile, by rail, to a new area just north of I70. You can read all about the Moab UMTRA project here.

The Moab UMTRA Project in Action

The Moab UMTRA Project in Action

Moab UMTRA Project

The project consists of an underpass and new road snaking up the hill to the existing rail line

Enough sight-seeing, on to Amasa Back!

Amasa Back is a very technical 4X4 trail that is extremely difficult in sections. If you have ridden it more than once, it’s probably doable. But this was only our second time so the going was rough…uphill anyway. There are some large drop-offs that seemed, to me, impossible to do on bikes. However, the views on top were totally worth it and the ride down was a blast; very technical and slow but tons-o-fun!

On the way up

Jeeps on Amasa Back, Moab Utah

Jeeps finishing up

Scenery Abounds

Red and blue make for dramatic photos

Me climbing up some steep slickrock

The view on top looking east

Me relaxing, looking west

Heading back down

Another sweet red rock formation

The trailhead

Just because the trail ended doesn't mean the scenery didn't

And so ended our 2010 trip to Moab. We got to see some awesome SE Utah scenery and got to hit up two epic rides in Moab. 3 days of riding wasn’t enough and 2 days in Moab wasn’t even a warm-up. I could spend weeks there just hanging out and riding but that little thing called LIFE gets in the way. Until next time, ADIOS MOAB!

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