Saturday was a good time. 5 of us set out to debunk the KT from Dewey to Slickrock. Dave Nice turned around after a few miles, feeling sick. So 4 of us, me Ed, Jen and Gary continued on into the misty morning. Trail conditions were ideal. The rain kept the sand ridable and the temps cool. We even ran into a little snow atop N. Beaver Mesa, up at 7500′.
I can’t say enough about the incredible terrain that the KT covers. Huge views are everywhere. On race day those views may be obscured by heat and fatigue, but yesterday they were crystal clear (if misty), and we took the time to enjoy them.
The water situation is good…right now. In a month will those streams still be running? I hope so. There are several options for refilling along the way. And now that I know exactly where they are, it changes my water strategy somewhat.
Race day will be long and tough. If the day heats up, you can count on lots of glassy eyed stares as riders pick their way up these big climbs. It’s going to be a great time!
Ed, Jen, Gary, Patti, and Dave…thanks! I had a great time.
And also thanks to my wife and kids, who came along with me. Thanks for being patient at the camp ground while I followed the obsession.
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|KT Recon: Dewey to Moab|