|With a bit more driving & a little stroll, we saw Delicate Arch from the reverse angle to my last visit.|
Jeremy had been raving about Captain Ahab since well before I even got to Utah - & it was this recommendation that saw him reach the highest levels of our esteem. Amasa Back is in the same area & is a Moab classic ride apparently (I'd never heard of it), so we decided to combine the two - which is completely achievable. With a nice rocky downhill straight off the road, we crossed the only creek of the week (it was tiny) and were hit by a nice climb with, I think, some nice challenging step-ups even if the gradient wasn't too steep. I stalled on one particularly optimistic attempt - couldn't move forward & close to losing balancing over backwards; a charitable push got me going again.
|For such incredible views and vastness, I have disappointingly few photos - there's the Colorado yet again.|
When Jeremy first mentioned Ahab, I looked it up online & thought it was a bit big for me - I'm not one to wear body armour or go on trails that need such excesses. This sign didn't really help, but Jeremy had assured it us that it was no harder than Porcupine Rim. There was a fair bit of riding around the top of more exposed cliffs, and maybe more climbing than we expected - but we were well used to all that by that stage of the trip, so it wasn't too bad.
|In the sun - we spent a fair bit of the ride wondering if the dark clouds to the east & the west were going to rain, or even snow, on our merry ride.|
For the final mile to two kilometres of the trail before it rejoined the main track back down, there was a sudden & marked change in the riding. Most importantly, from a self-preservation side of things - we were back right on the top of a very large cliff; the difference this time being that we were riding downhill and therefore much faster, if anything should go pear-shaped it would be a very large pear-shaped thing indeed. Also, the trail got quite a bit smoother and was just good fun - even if the sign warning that precise bike skills were needed on one really exposed corner was a little worrying.
This is worth watching if you're interested in trail-building or just riding:
Captain Ahab Trail from Tyson Swasey on Vimeo.