Day 8 - Goosebury Mesa & Jem trail MTB rides - St George
 
 
 
 
 


Goosebury Mesa & jem Trails Mountain bike rides (St George, Utah)

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Hampton Inn St George - Click to Enlarge I woke up after a good nights sleep, and then had a pretty good breakfast at the hotel, no waffles but fresh fruit, loads of good quality donuts/ danish's etc, and hot things to eat. Hampton Inn St George - Click to Enlarge
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Looking out the window of the Hotel, the weather looked perfect so I decided to head over to Gooseberry Mesa to ride the trails there.

I drove to Smithsonian Butte Scenic Back way and drove along that, the road was in very good shape.

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Goosebury Mesa (St George) - Click to Enlarge The road to Gooseberry itself was very rutted but easily navigable in a normal car if you were careful. I parked my car at what I thought was the trail head , where there where pit toilets, but discovered as I rode to the trail the trail head was further up a dirt road. It was about 80f and there was not much of a wind so it felt very hot riding. I started the ride on the south rim trail heading through gods slick rock skateboard park. A great fun area of slick rock to play around on. Goosebury Mesa (St George) - Click to Enlarge
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Goosebury Mesa (St George) - Click to Enlarge The ride was great and everything was going smoothly until a rider passed me while I was taking pictures, I got back on bike and followed him, and eventually overtook him, I stopped at a section of slick rock and took a picture of him riding up it. Goosebury Mesa (St George) - Click to Enlarge
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I then got back on my bike, but unfortunately for me was not going fast enough when i navigated a skinny section of slick rock (which some one had made safer with some concrete and metal rods), and my front wheel caught on something and I ended up crashing down a very steep slick rock slope at least 10 feet down to the bottom.

Luckily for me the damage was not as bad as it could have been the slick rock had sand papered my right leg and i had a cut on my left leg, but the tendons in the back of my leg felt bad, and hurt if i put weight on my leg. I just wish I had worn the leg armour that was back in my Hotel room, I may have had very hot legs but at least i wouldn't have lost a load of skin.

Damage to my bike was light i'd torn off the edge of my saddle, and ground down the end of my handlebars, a passing biker helped me up out of the hole.

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Goosebury Mesa (St George) - Click to Enlarge To the left is a picture of where I fell down from. I had come to far to turn back (All the way from England), so I carried on riding. My leg was hurting but not enough to stop me riding, although my confidence had been knocked right back, and I hiked a bike more than I should of from that point on. The rattlesnake rim had amazing views. And some technical climbs on slick rock. Goosebury Mesa (St George) - Click to Enlarge
Goosebury Mesa (St George) - Click to Enlarge I stopped and tried to patch up my like, but the sunscreen and sweat all conspired to stop anything from holding. Goosebury Mesa (St George) - Click to Enlarge
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Goosebury Mesa (St George) - Click to Enlarge Once I had got to the Point, I then headed off down That Damn Trail and then connected onto the Yellow trail. The Yellow trail was a fun trail, with nothing too technical to ride just lots of small ups and down on slick rock. Goosebury Mesa (St George) - Click to Enlarge
Goosebury Mesa (St George) - Click to Enlarge I then connected back onto That Damn trail and headed along the Slick rock 101 Trail Goosebury Mesa (St George) - Click to Enlarge
Goosebury Mesa (St George) - Click to Enlarge I decided not to ride the Windmill Trail or the Bowls and Ledges Trail, and headed back to the car. In total I had ridden 15.5 miles. Goosebury Mesa (St George) - Click to Enlarge

As I had not ridden that far and i was worried my leg would seize up , I decided to do an easy ride to try and loosen it up. So I headed over to the trail head for the Jem trail. When I arrived at 6:00pm it felt much cooler and was about 70f.

Jem Trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge The ride started off by following a maintained dirt road, which headed up at a gradual gradient, which was fine by me as my leg did not feel particularly good. There were good views of Gooseberry Mesa from the road, and the the trail took you close to the bottom of the Mesa. Jem Trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge
Jem Trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge Eventually I reached the Jem trail singletrack section. By now although my leg still hurt it had loosened up a fair bit. Jem Trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge
Jem Trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge The Singletrack was great very fast heading down with a few steep sections and rocks thrown in to keep things interesting. Jem Trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge
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Eventually the trail started to follow the Virgin river, this section was great fun to ride with a fair bit of exposure to a huge drop down to the river.

The ride in Total was 13.5 miles.

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When I got back to the SUV I stretched my legs, but my right one still felt bad and could not be stretched. I then headed back to St George. When I got back to the Hotel I cleaned and dressed my wounds, but felt so battered an tired I did not bother to go out to eat and just munched some crisps and some power pars before hitting the sack. Jem Trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge

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