ITINERARY

Sunday, October 23
We will meet at 5:30 pm at the Canyonlands Inn for our first meeting with introductions and trip overview followed by our welcome dinner.

Monday, October 24
Colorado River Ride (South), 39 miles.  This is a mostly flat ride with scenic views, petroglyphs and dinosaur tracks.  Evening meeting and happy hour.

Tuesday, October 25
Canyonlands North, 34 miles.  Scenic views 2,000 feet above the Colorado River.  Evening meeting and happy hour followed by dinner.

Wednesday, October 26
Colorado River Ride (North), 37 miles or the La Sal Mountain Loop, 63 miles. The short ride goes north along the Colorado River past wineries and the Moab Film Museum.  The long ride is a loop that takes you into the mountains up the “Big Nasty” to return along the river (the short route). Evening meeting and happy hour.

Thursday, October 27
Arches National Park. 32 - 47 miles.  Claims to be one of the finest bike rides anywhere! Evening meeting and happy hour followed by our farewell dinner.

Friday, October 28
Friday, October 25 - Hotel check-out after breakfast. We have a short 10 mile ride you can do before check out (maps and cue sheets coming later).  Also, there are other options including Dead Horse State Park, 34 - 68 miles. Scenic views 2,000 feet above the Colorado River. Canyonlands South, 57 miles or Needles Overlook, 44 miles.

Note that all rides except the La Sal Mountain Loop are out-and-back rides and can easily be made shorter with fewer climbs.  There is an admission charge for bicyclists at the National Parks ($5) and Dead Horse State Park ($2).

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Magnificent Moab
October 23 - 28, 2016
MOAB
Moab is the gateway to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.  Since the late 1930‘s, numerous movies were shot there including Stagecoach, Cheyenne Autumn, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Thelma and Louise, Galaxy Quest, Star Trek, 127 Hours and John Carter.  In the 1950’s, it was a center of uranium mining.  After most of the uranium mines closed, Moab has become a center of mountain biking and is now a great place for road biking.  Moab has a population of around 5,000 and is at an elevation of 4,000 feet.
  
WEATHER
In October, Moab temperatures range from the upper 30’s in the morning to the mid 70’s in the afternoon.  Moab has a desert climate, but rain is possible with snow in higher elevations.
  
HOTEL
We will be staying at the centrally located Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn, 16 South Main Street, Moab, UT 84532, (435) 259-2300.  We have reserved standard two queen bed rooms from Sunday night through Thursday night.  Checkout is Friday morning.  The hotel has a complimentary hot breakfast, heated pool and hot tub, fitness center, high speed internet, a bike storage room and a bike repair room. Please note that bikes cannot be stored in you room but must be kept in the storage room. The bike storage room is kept locked and available to guests 24 hours a day.  If you want to ship your bike to Moab, the hotel will accept it and store it in the bike storage room.

CANCELATIONS
If you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible so we can fill you space and get you the maximum refund.  Right now we have a waiting list to fill any vacancies.
  
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