Igna and I finally bought ourselves train tickets. The train will take us to Grand Junction, Colorado. From Grand Junction we are going to bike to MOAB, Utah – arguably mecca of the mountain biking.
From Grand Junction we are going to take Kokopelli Trail all the way to MOAB.
I will be doing a series of updates to this page to document this coming adventure. At the same time, I will post these updates as a separate post for the ease of navigating.
I do not write much on this blog nowadays but this trip, in particular, is a good place to start. Let me briefly introduce you to Kokopelli Trail and to MOAB itself.
The Kokopelli Trail is a 142-mile (229 km) multi-use trail in the Western U.S. states of Colorado and Utah. The trail was named in honor of its mythic muse, Kokopelli. The trail is widely varied in difficulty, terrain, and elevation. It has intense downhill sections and steep climbs, but several gently sloping road sections help to balance the trail and make it accessible to advanced and beginning mountain bikers alike. The terrain mostly consists of either single track, 4×4 roads, or country roads. The elevation changes can be daunting, with the lowest point near 4,000 feet and two massive climbs reaching elevations of 8,500 feet (2,600 m). The lush Colorado River valley is seen several times from high cliffs and the beautiful La Sal Mountains grow in size as riders continue on the trail.
This video pretty much shows you what bikers can expect when riding Kokopelli.
Kokopelli trail is only a part of a story. Another part is MOAB.
MOAB as described by National Geographic:
It’s almost impossible to overhype Moab. Its red-rock landscape is truly like nowhere else on Earth, and the best way to appreciate it is by riding it. Famed trails like Porcupine Rim, Slickrock, and the Whole Enchilada steal the spotlight, but it’s the area’s newer and lesser known trails that make a trip to Moab a mandatory pilgrimage for any mountain biker.
Next post I will review our tandem and will talk about our packing options.