Day 10 - Sedona Mountain Bike Ride - (Drive St George - Flagstaff)
 
 
 
 
 


Bell Rock -> Little Horse -> Chicken Point -> Submarine Rock -> Broken Arrow -> Llama -> Templeton -> Baldwin Trail (Sedona, Arizona)

Click to Enlarge I had breakfast at the hotel and then loaded up my gear in the SUV. And then headed off to Flagstaff in Arizona. The route I took is to the right and was about 268 miles and with stops took about 4.5 hrs. Click to Enlarge
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The roads were all very fast, and I did not see and police cars on the way which was just as well 8-). I had wanted to ride a section of the Rainbow trail but found that they had not yet opened the roads that take you to the trail. This road is opened on May 15th.

On the way I stopped and stretched my legs at the cliff dwellings and Apache bridge.

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Click to Enlarge I was very disappointed to see massive dark clouds hanging over flagstaff as I got closer, and I encountered my first significant rain of the the holiday. Click to Enlarge

The rain was odd in that it was only in isolated pockets as I drove into Flagstaff some parts were still Sunny and dry, but as I checked into the Hotel it was trying to rain. Once I unpacked into my room I checked out web cams for Sedona and saw that it was still sunny with no rain there so I jumped in the SUV and drove down into Sedona to get a ride in there.

Bell Rock Trail (Sedona) - Click to Enlarge

As I drove into Sedona there was a fair bit of cloud , but as these pictures show, the cloud cleared up within 30 minutes of me arriving.

It was very hot to start off with about 85f but as the ride progressed it got cooler as the sun went down.

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Click to Enlarge I parked outside a closed down business in town and rode up to the Bell Rock Cycle Path, and rode this up to the Little Horse trail, taking any singletrack options that paralled the trail as and when I saw them. I then rode up to Chicken point and took some pictures. Click to Enlarge
Submarine Rock - Click to Enlarge The trails were as good as I remembered nice singletrack with tricky rocky sections to keep you on your toes, with loads of small drop off etc , but nothing too hairy. From Chicken point I took the jeep road down to Submarine rock. Submarine Rock - Click to Enlarge
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Submarine Rock - Click to Enlarge I then headed down some fun singletrack round the back of submarine rock and then connected onto the Broken arrow trail. Which was just as tricky as I remembered it to be from my last ride there. Broken arrow trail - Click to Enlarge
Broken arrow trail - Click to Enlarge Once I reached chicken point I headed back down Little Horse, but turned left onto the Llama trail - a great singletrack trail which takes you right back to the base of Bell Rock. Llama MTb Trail Sedona - Click to Enlarge
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I reached the trail head for the Templeton Trail and put my L&M helmet light on, and headed off down the trail as it was starting to get dark.

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I had to turn on my Helmet light as I reached the slick rock sections of the Templeton trail. Also my back tire sprang a leak, but luckily the slim in the tube sealed the leak. I pumped the tire up a bit and carried on with my ride.

It was very different to the last time I rode at Sedona in December, as it was warm, there were loads of insects in the air, I could see lots of big bats flying around. Also as I rode by the river there was a load of noise being made by insects and frogs, it was great.

I connected onto the Baldwin trail, which by night seemed to go on a long way, compared to when I did it by day, also there were not many house lights to get a bearing on, and you couldnt see any landmarks to navigate by.

Eventually I connected on verde school road and headed up to the main road and the SUV. I found that my rear tyre was still deflating but managed to get back only having to pump it up once.

I got back to the SUV having ridden a total of 23 miles.

I then managed to get some food from the Blue Coyote Cafe next to Absolute bikes just before they closed. The food was ok , but very over priced like most of Sedona in general. I then drove back to Flagstaff, the drive back was much quicker than the drive down as I seemed to be the only car on the road.

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