Day 9 - Gould Rim Trail MTB Ride - St George, Utah
 
 
 
 
 


Gould Rim Trail Mountain bike ride (St George, Utah)

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After a bad nights sleep because my leg kept on cramping up, I got up and had a look out the hotel window, a lot of cloud was in the sky today, and it looked quite windy. I had breakfast and then decided that I would take a day off from biking so my leg could get better. So I made some updates to this web site.

But by 2.00pm I was bored and decided to go for a ride, even though my leg was still hurting.

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I decided to ride the Gould's Rim trail , as the description said it was just a double track leading to some cool singletrack with no technical slick rock.

When I got to the start of the ride no one else was parked there and behind me a lot of black cloud was building up, with rain in the distance.

I headed up the dirt road, which climbed up gradually it was quite warm about 78f although there was quite a breeze blowing. My leg hurt a lot to start off but got better as I rode up the hill.

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Gould Rim trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge The singletrack was really good, very skinny with the odd technical section thrown in for good measure, it followed the edge of Gould's canyon for a while before cutting back towards Gooseberry Mesa. As I rode I started to hear thunder, and started to see lighting in the distance, and occasional splats of rain hit me. Which encouraged me to ride even faster up the trail. Gould Rim trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge
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Eventually after a great ride with lots of atmosphere i.e. Thunder and Lighting and high winds, I came to the highway, and was just about to start the long loop by riding down the Jem trail when it started to rain heavily, as I did not know what happened to the trails in this area when it rained I decided to head back down the highway to my SUV. Including the ride down the road I did 15 miles on this ride. Gould Rim trail (St George) - Click to Enlarge

I then headed back to St George and drove over to see if Bear Claw Poppy was ride able , but it was extremely windy and looked as if it would could rain at any moment.

So I called it a day and went back to the hotel and got cleaned up, then went out for a great Mexican meal at Ponchos & Lefty's in St George.

DAY 10