November 7, 2015
Consider not riding after a rain. I give it a 1 so far. I wasn't forecast to rain last night but it did. There was no mention of wet weather rid-ability, so I thought I would give it a go. I stayed at Cedar cove and rode north. It was a little greasy at first, but the leaves were not too bad, considering it is is November. Then some nice obstacles, that would be fun if it was dryer or if I knew it more.then a few washed out drop in and ups out of gullies that were tough to walk up let alone ride. Probably would be tough dry even. I towards little Moab, for a bit of rock garden, Then trying to follow the big loop arrows, that lead to Duke. I came to a fork that had Duke both ways and went right. It was really getting greasy now, 10 feet in and my front derailleur and chain stays were so packed I could not even force the pedals around. I dug a bunch out and tried to continue, but came up to a big gully that looked like a wash that would have been fun in my 4 wheelin days, but not to slog through on or carrying a bike. I could still hardly pedal. Cleaned some more out. but would pack back up instantly, with clay and leaves and sticks and such. I heard cars on the road so I went back to the other Duke fork, and when I got close to the road I hiked out. I thought it would shake out on the first down hill at speed, NOPE! I had to take the rear wheel off to dig it out. Got back to camp and spent an hour cleaning off the clay and re-lubing. There is a good wind, maybe it will dry up for tomorrow, so I can give it another go. Beautiful lake though.