Lots of fun today on our February trail ride. This month we took a backroad past Nutty Putty Cave into the Little Moab area.
After meeting up at the gas station near the trail head, we were on our way. We passed through many ranches and the longhorn steers were out in force, with some of them a little uncertain what to make of the group. We hurried on our way doing our best to not mess with the bulls so we didn’t get the horns.
A short time later we arrived at the mine tailings area, but last nights snow had unfortunately covered most of the colorful piles up. It was still a good place for a chat and drone pic, and an interesting experience walking around on ground that felt just like playdough in places.
Continuing on along the mountains base, soon our tracks were the only ones in the snow. Each of the typical low water collection spots on the trail were frozen over, but not enough to hold the weight of a vehicle so you ended up breaking through. One such pit swallowed the trail leaders rig, but the group was quick to get it pulled back out in no time. I think that’s the second run in a row he’s got himself stuck while leading so we may not invite him again :)
We then passed by nutty putty and those in the group feeling daring took the steep hillside back way into little Moab while the rest circled around to meet up with them. While at the hillside a gentleman walked up who had got his car stuck on the road ahead. Those of us circling around the mountain got him pulled out of the ditch using some ingenuity with a tree strap and got him on his way.
Once at little Moab, those who had to leave headed out while the rest of the group voted to take the winding tree lined connector road between there and the train tunnel. The drive was pleasant and at times very scenic with the snow capped mountains along the way. We arrived at the tunnel and passed through without incident, after which those who wanted to air up did so and we parted ways.
Thanks again to all who made it today. The weather held out and made the day perfect for the run, and it was cool seeing all the different types of rigs on the trail from right hand drive diesel Toyota’s, to full size trucks and suburbans.