Updated: Oct 8, 2021
Valley of the Gods, Utah while on contract in Fort Defiance Arizona (staying in Gallup, NM)
CAIRN TRAVELER VLOG | EP 26
This week brings a return to one of my all-time favorite places . . . Valley of the Gods in Utah for a virgin trip with my new Santa Cruz Hightower mountain bike which came this week. This brings a great opportunity to geo-map the Valley of the Gods Road for other RV'ers so the pullouts and features are easier identified.
Be creative and find your adventure this week!! ✌️😎
Valley of the Gods Road is a 17 mile dirt and gravel "unimproved" road loosely maintained by the BLM. This is a destination spot for many RV'ers but it can prove difficult to know where to pull off to set up camp so I decided to geo-map the road while mountain-biking. While I do not have much to compare it to, I found the Santa Cruz Hightower to be an excellent bike for this terrain though there were many sandy spots where the tires could not maintain sufficient traction and I had to get off and walk. I did take my gel seat cover but did not otherwise wear padded shorts.
I started at about 10am with temps in the low 80s and a nice breeze up - quite a pleasant ride. The road ended up having many more turnoffs than expected though and by the time I made it to the other end, I had gone approximately 25 miles. I had gone through most of my 3 liters of water by the time I arrived at the other side but I also found an unopened 1L Smart Water bottle which had been dropped along the way. After a short rest and some salty snacks I headed back but was alread rationing water and expected to run out long before the end (that being said, I had plenty of cold water and other drinks in a cooler in the truck waiting on me). This may seem reckless in some respects but I always have a contingency plan - in this case, there were actually quite a few vehicles moving through the valley (several had previously offered water) and I knew I could flag one down to ask for water or a ride if necessary. Had other cars passing been an issue, I would have stopped and found shade to rest until the sun went down and then continued as things cooled off. Ultimately with about 10 miles left a truck stopped and offered a ride and hot, tired, and thristy I was in no mood to turn them down so I hitched for the last 10 miles or so back to the truck but ultimately a great trip. Sidenote, on a windy dirt road, it's surprising how dirty you can get riding in the back of a truck bed (especially already sweaty).
As previously noted in the BLOG about hiking the Grand Canyon (in addition to bringing more water - at least for this trip), I should have supplemented electrolytes as well. While I've always heard it said that you can go a day without water, there is a point of diminishing returns and that's not to say that you can keep up the same pace and energy level without proper hydration - I ended up walking the last mile or so beside the bike because I just didn't have the energy to keep pedaling.
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