12 July 2012 – Utah

We woke up this morning at 6:30 and got ready for the day.  We were going mountain biking and a van picked us up at 7:30.

The tour guide’s name was Kathy, and we picked up a 15 year old boy, Alexander who was from Denmark.  We went to some “Bar M” trails that are very close to Moab.  It is just north of Arches NP.  We got the bikes off the rack on top of the van and Kathy tried explain to us how to use it.  Then she had us ride around in the parking lot to get used to the bikes.  From the explanation it didn’t sound much different than normal bike riding, but when I tried riding in the parking lot, it was.  The seat was very high compared to my bike, and the ones we rented at hilton head, so it was very hard for me to get the bike going.  By the time we left to go on the trail, I knew it wasn’t going to be fun.  Everyone else didn’t have a problem.

There got to be enough times where I fell and walked the bike, to where she let me and Dad turn back.  She and Alexander continued while I walked my bike back to the car, and Dad practiced his slow riding.  We waited in the van for them to finish.  I rested and played a little on Dad’s phone since I left mine at the hotel.  Dad said he liked the mountain biking and could do it again, but wouldn’t go out of his way too.  He also said it was harder than he expected.  It was definitely harder than I expected.

We got back to the hotel around noon and I rested for 30 minutes.  After that we went to eat lunch at Pasta Jays.  I got eggplant parmigiana and Dad got a veggie sandwich again.  My dish was very good, but it was way too hot.  It was sizzling when they brought it out to the table, and Dad was 3/4 of the way done with his sandwich before mine was a good eating temperature.

Next I walked to buy some shot glasses downtown while Dad drove back to the hotel since he forgot his camera bag.  He picked me up right by Pasta Jays, and we went to Island in the Sky for the last time.

First we saw Mesa Arch again, and then we did the Neck Spring Trail.  It was a 6 mile loop.  It weaved in and out of some canyons quite a number of times, and towards the end of it, we climbed up a lot of rock.  The hike was nice, but i didn’t take that many pictures as there wasn’t anything that really striked my interest to do so.  We saw 2 people that just got done with the trail when we got there, but other than that we didn’t see anyone hiking it which I thought was a little strange.

We went to Grand View Point and did the Grand View Overlook Trail.  It was 2 miles round trip.  The view was better than what we saw last time we went to the overlooks so I was glad to see that.  It was still pretty cloudy though, as it was last time we were in this district of the park.  Dad set up his tripod to take pictures and wanted to wait a while to see if the lighting got better.  It didn’t really get that much better though, so after sunset we drove back to Moab.  I had gotten to drive the car some while we were in the park.

We stopped at City Market for dinner and went back to the hotel.

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