Sunday, June 17, 2007

Riding the Uinta Mountains - Day 3

I don't usually ride dirt two days in a row and this was to be my third, it ended up being a somewhat shorter day than the others but had its share of challenges. I drove back over the mountain to the Vernal side and found a place to unload the truck off Rt 20 - this is a paved road wider and smoother than most of those in my county.

My first destination was a high point called Dyer Mountain, a fairly rough trail led up to a mine then branched into many side trails, eventually I followed the one that led to the top which turned out to have a horrendously steep and loose rise over the last 50 yards or so. I didn't even attempt it but wandered around to see the view and discovered that I wasn't the only one who didn't fancy the hill. One of the maze of trails ran across some quite rocky ground round the front of the hill to the top.

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Looking west from Dyer Mountain, the track is the light area in the foreground - a bit rocky!

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Looking south from Dyer Mountain (10,248ft)

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East

I started down the south eastern slope but the ATV trail was narrow and rocky and I was tired so I decided not to do that after all and traced my route back a ways then followed another major trail. A little while along I noticed that there was an ATV trail running parallel to the road in the stream bed so I popped down there to make things a bit more interesting. Eventually it came to a place where I couldn't get through, didn't look like many people used this ATV trail beyond here, time for lunch.

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The lunch spot (upstream)

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Lunch spot (downstream)

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I couldn't make out what this was, or used to be, it could have been a dam of some sort but it looked more like a primitive bridge, there was a trail coming down from the left and what might have once been one on the right but it was very steep and rough with no apparent purpose.

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One of the nicer stretches of the ATV trial in the stream bed

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I like to take pictures of cows, these attracted my attention because they seemed to contrast so much with the grass but it doesn't really show here.

By now I was feeling really tired and a dip in the Kamp pool sounded good, however as I reached the truck I noticed that there was a lake a little further down the road, it wasn't very interesting but I found a pleasant shortcut through the woods to get back to the truck
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As it turned out it was later than I thought and when I got back to the KOA there was a mini-hurricane blowing, dust everywhere so I gave up on the pool and went out for dinner instead, Manila doesn't have a lot of choices on a Sunday evening.
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