More Moab biking: Gemini Bridges and Amasa Back

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Shout out to Spencer for this sick shot!! It pays to ride with artists.

Nothing like an impromptu Moab biking trip! And the best (worst) part about the whole trip is it all started with Instagram. I saw a picture of my buddy Spencer dropping a rock and I said to myself, “That’s fucking Moab!”

One call later, I was packing my truck full of  gear. Lucky for me though, I had just spent the day riding on Antelope Island, so most of my bike gear was already strapped in and ready for shipping. I hit the road at 7:30 p.m.

Five hours later, just shy of midnight, my tent was up … And before I knew it I was sipping on coffee with the crew.

We decided to do a shuttle run in the Gemini Bridges area. We dropped the shuttle truck at the intersection of Little Canyon and Gold Bar Rim Road. We started our ride up top, at the Gemini Bridges Trail Head.

The first section of trail was Bull Run, which has everything you’d ever want; great views, legitimate drops, technical climbs and flowy turns. Oh, did I mention the views? Yeah the trail parallels Bull Canyon and faces the La Sal Mountains the whole time.

 

Forrest tests out his suspension on one of the many drops on Bull Run.

Forrest tests out his suspension on one of the many drops on Bull Run.

 

Ben rolls through the sandstone.

Ben rolls through the sandstone.

 

Forrest makes sure to keep up his speed.

Forrest makes sure to keep up his speed.

 

Spencer.

Spencer.

 

Forrest.

Forrest.

 

Ben.

Ben.

We passed several groups. Most people were on XC rigs, but we did come across a few other people riding all-mountain setups.

Because many of us had already done the Great Escape, we decided to cross the road and try out Arth’s Corner to Little Canyon. A little more climbing than Bull Run, but it was hardly noticeable. Still had all the elements of a fantastic trail –fast, flowy, techy.

 

Around every corner are little surprises. One the great things that comes along with riding in the Gemini Bridges area.

Around every corner are little surprises. One of the great things that comes along with riding in the Gemini Bridges area.

 

Spencer dips around the corner with the La Sal Mountains in the background.

Spencer dips around the corner with the La Sal Mountains in the background.

 

Ben.

Ben.

 

Sunset over camp in Kane Creek.

Sunset in Kane Creek. (Click to buy print)

We ran shuttle and made it back to camp before the sun went down. We were camped up Kane Creek.  Many miles up the canyon, forest service (or whoever) is creating new campgrounds. We camped at Ledge C. They were working on A and B when we rolled out.

The next morning we rode Amasa Back and Captain Ahab. I had never ridden either, so I didn’t know what to expect.

 

Spencer enjoying Captain Ahab.

Spencer proving his might on Captain Ahab.

 

Dismount, optional.

Dismount, optional.

 

Spencer finds the squeeze.

Spencer finds the squeeze.

 

Shelves, drops, cliffs... that's what it takes to get the great white whale.

Shelves, drops, cliffs… we certainly slayed the big white whale.