Trail Running – Behind The Rocks 50K (Arrival Day!), Moab, UT

Adobe Abode East Room
The East Room, Upstairs, at Adobe Abode

The View from our room at Adobe Abode
The View from the Balcony!

Back at the Hotel and Ready for a Refill
Me, post race, in front of Adobe Abode

On Thursday, Dennis and I drove to Moab, Utah. I was excited to run the Behind The Rocks 50K Trail Ultramarathon and he was excited to sample the famed mountain bike trails. The drive went really smoothly and we arrived in Moab mid-afternoon.

After we checked into the hotel, he dropped me off at Red Rock Bakery and Cafe. Then, he drove himself back north of town and rode on the Bar-M Trails.

Mountain Biking Bar M Trail
Here he is enjoying the Bar M Trail, with the amazing snow capped La Sal mountains in the background.

At 4pm, the bakery closed, so I walked over to the Moab Library. This is a very nice library, with wireless throughout and a naturally lit, open floor plan. I thoroughly enjoyed blogging there and it was a great place to hang out. Also, it was very easy to find and it is only 3 blocks, from the main street!

After riding, Dennis came by to pick me up and we drove to the halfway point of the 50k race, which was ~8 miles from our hotel.

The Colorado River
On the way to the halfway point, there is a very large camping area by the Colorado River, just off Kane Springs/Creek Road. This picture was taken looking back on the road which follows the CO River for the first few miles out of town.

The road, after this riverside camp spot, turns into a very curvy and narrow mountain road. It was paved the whole way to the aid station/trailhead, so information that part of it was gravel was outdated.

After passing the Amasa trail head, the road undertakes a couple of very steep, descending sharp switch backs. After the last switchback, slow down and you’ll see a kiosk on the right hand side.

The aid station is really close to the Spring Campsite. According to the BLM this site is located 7.8 miles from the junction of Highway 191 on Kane Creek Road.

At the Spring Campsite, there were between 4-6 camp spots to the right of the kiosk. The parking fits about 4 cars. The aid station, for the Behind the Rocks 50K was positioned on the left side of the road and above the road by about 10 feet. Part of it was under a natural rock overhang which would be large enough for a family sized tent.

After scoping out the halfway point, we went out for dinner at Pasta Jay’s, back in Moab. Time to carb up! I ordered the baked spaghetti marinara and it was delicious. Dennis got a medium pizza, which had thin crust and was about the perfect amount of food for him.

Tomorrow, I was excited to check out the Race Start location, attend packet pick up, and visit with Doug and his friend Craig (visiting from CA and running the 50M with Doug).

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