It's almost March and everyone is getting their season plans in line. It's high time I make an announcement on Trans Utah.
The route is massive. The long range plan is this:
- fall '08 St George to Escalante or Big Water
- fall '09 Escalante or ? to Moab
- fall '10 St George to Moab
Originally it was going to be a spring event, but the reality is that due to massive quantities of sand in these parts the route will need to get high - and winter snows prevent the spring timeframe. Fall it is.
The exact route for this year's edition is yet to be determined, but I have a lot of GPS files to look through, and ground recon to reflect on. Some ramblings and images are here: http://2-epic.com/?cat=15. It's spectacular country between StG and Escalante - huge views, all day climbs, enough color and contrast to keep the imagination busy for...a lifetime. Elevations will range from 2,500' to 10,500'. Distance? hmmm....300ish. Amount of climb? Roughly 35k'. Generally more rideable than GLR but nearly as remote. There will even be some really, really fun singletrack. The route will flirt with Zion and Bryce national parks, the Markagunt and Paunsugunt plateaus, the GWT, Grand Staircase - possibly ending at Big Water via Smokey Mountain road. Plenty of surprises in there too. A GPS track will be provided for the route.
For the timing, I'm somewhat open. The tentative date is Oct 3. This is 1 week before 24 hours of Moab, so clearly you can't do both. The other date would be 1 week later right during the Moab event. So all 3 of you that might be interested in this, have an opinion? ;)
Yep, it's a point to point. The route will make the added logistics worth the effort, I promise.