ROADS ARE OPEN TO TWO LANE TRAFFIC – Utah law allows you to ride two abreast unless impeding traffic. The route into Dead Horse Point Park is narrow. Please ride single file. Be watchful for cattle, coyotes, and cyclists, OH MY!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Join in this small town, local fun on Saturday (this is not a Skinny Tire Event activity..participate if you wish):
Bike Prom 2:30-5:30pm
Put on your taffeta and tuxedos and get on your bike. Start at HMK Elementary School (400 North and 100 West) at 2:30 PM to line up for a mass pedal to Moab Springs Ranch / Grand Old Ranch House departing at 3PM.
Enjoy dancing to a Live Band, Exhibits & Silent Auction of Classic Bicycles until 5:30 PM. This is a benefit for Museum of Moab and a community party. More information 435-259-7985. More information at www.musuemofmoab.org.
Okay, I’m ready to ride…where should I check in?
- If you do this townie ride..consider taking a break at 4pm to ride over to the Archway Inn Hotel (across the street and 1/8 mile from Moab Springs Ranch) to pick up your Rider check In items. Then you can ride back and enjoy the live band. Just be sure you get your vehicle and arrive at the official START/FINISH of the Moonshadows in Moab ride by 6pm.
You have two choices:
4:00-5:00 pm: Early Check In
at Archway Inn Hotel (1551 N. Hwy 191); get entry wristband and glow-in-the-dark items to decorate you and your bike. Be sure you have a helmet, and headlamp and tail light for your bike if you plan on riding back after 8:30pm. Go back to your hotel and get your bike ready to roll.
5:30-6:00pm On-Site Check In
at the START/FINISH (parking lot of Hwy 313 and Hwy 191). Get entry wristband and glow-in-the-dark items to decorate you and your bike. Be sure you have a helmet, and headlamp and tail light for your bike. Hook up with other cyclists and get ready to roll.
Drop gear with Beth and she’ll deliver to the Moonshadows Café for you to pick up at the turnaround spot.
If you choose to ride your bike from Moab to the START/FINISH, be sure you arrive at Hwy 313 and Hwy 191 by 6:00pm. (If you are riding bike path from town, plan 45 minutes to ride to start location).
Begin your ride to Dead Horse Point Overlook from Hwy 191 and Hwy 313; 22 mile, 2700' gain. This is noted as AID and START/FINISH on map
Get entry wristband, glow-in-the-dark decorative items to adhere to your bike or to you; load up on water, shotblox, and encouragement. Restrooms and plenty of parking available.
If you have super powers
and can cycle to Dead Horse Point Overlook by 8pm in less than two hours….you can leave after 6pm, but SAG drivers will be ahead of you, so plan to ride super fast to catch up with them.
6:30-8:30pm AID Station at The Knoll:
About mile 14 into the ride you are done climbing! You have arrived at “The Knoll”.
Enjoy cookies, cashews, fruit, ShotBlox, Gatorade, water and friendly western hospitality by Margy and Tyler. NOTE: watch where you leave your bike and be aware—this is a two lane road with motorists, cyclists, coyotes and cattle. Seriously! This AID station is sponsored by Quiz Bowl participant Tyler who is earning his way to competition. Go ahead…challenge him with a question.
7:00-8:30pm Moonshadows Café at Dead Horse Point State Park, mile 22 into the ride. The turnaround point.
Plan your ride to be at the Dead Horse Point State Park Overlook as early as 7:00pm but no later than 8:00pm. Why? Because the view is truly spectacular and will leave you breathless. Walk around; get a sense of the magnitude of your beingness. The moonlight filling up the canyon as you smell the sweet desert sage and hear the howling coyotes in the distance is a bucket list kind of experience you deserve. Add to that---homemade soup, veggie and meat sandwiches, elegant fruit dessert, and before you know it…time has slipped by.
Sunset: 8:35pm; Moon will be high in the sky, 59% illuminated. The Moonshadows Cafe' is hosted by Sheri, Cindy, and Tanyon.
How Do I Get Back?
You can cycle of course, or you can catch a ride with a SAG driver either to "the Knoll" or all the way down to Hwy 313.
Plan 60-90 minutes to get from Dead Horse Point Overlook to the FINISH area of Hwy 313 and Hwy 191.
From The Moonshadows Café (Dead Horse Point Overlook) to The Knoll is only 8 miles…but it is rolling uphill and most people say it feels like it! Plan 40 minutes going back.
From “The Knoll” to the FINISH area is down, down, down, about 14 super-fast miles. Plan 40 minutes.
Note: Remember those cattle guards and switchbacks on the way up? They are still there on the way down!
Lights on signs
indicate either a cattle guard or sharp curves ahead. Be in control of your bike.
10:00pm: You did it!
Ride is over. Thank you for cycling down such that you are at Hwy 313 and 191 no later than 10pm.
Apres'-ride location for those with energy to burn at the Moab Brewery.
Sunday, May 19th, 10:00am-noon.
Recovery Ride. Meet at Archway Inn Hotel (1551 N. Hwy 191). Ride will be down Hwy 279 (Potash Road). Beautiful and scenic, mostly flat road.
– we have super friendly and most of ‘em are mechanically capable SAG drivers who can help you get up the road a bit or back down the road. Wave them down or pull out your cell and call 435-260-1201 or 435.260.8889 for assistance.
ROADS ARE OPEN TO TWO LANE TRAFFIC –Utah law allows you to ride two abreast unless impeding traffic. The route into Dead Horse Point Park is narrow. Please ride single file. Be watchful for black cattle grazing in the area.
Rider Check-In: Beth Logan, 435.260.8889
Logistics Coordinator: Steve Haase, 435.260.1201
Call a SAG or mechanic: Steve at 435.260.1201 or HAM Radio Volunteer Gary Smith at 970-218-8094
Bike Lights and Tail Lights: Gear Heads located on Main Street south of City Market
Thank you so much for putting the Moonshadows in Moab ride on your ride calendar.
See you this weekend.