The 100 mile White Rim loop down in Canyonlands National Park in Southern Utah is one of my all time favorite bike rides. There is nothing all that hard about it (aside from the mileage) and I love the way it just keeps unrolling in front of you, even though towards the end, you might wish there was a shortcut or two.
I’ve done it about six times as a day-ride and once as a multiday car-supported camping outing, but when Brad Barlage suggested that we do it under a full moon, it seemed like an excellent idea. All went according to plan except the full moon was obscured by clouds. And there was some rain and lightning. And a large part of the road was washed out. And there was a LOT of loose sand due to the lack of vehicle traffic. But aside from those details, and lots of mosquitoes and being completely dark, it was excellent. We weren’t bothered by the pesky scenery until sunrise and I’ve never seen so many bats, toads and Kangaroo Mice in my life. Fascinating, really.
Overall, it was a great outing and fun (?) to do so much night riding. Brad used his Jedi force and Black Diamond Sprinter headlamps, while I used a BD Storm headlamp and a Nite Rider MiNewt 350 which threw out an impressive amount of light and lasted all night. We did it in about 14 hours with 11 hours of moving, which is hardly a record but not too bad considering the circumstances.
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