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Day 112: 11/13/17   Polar Mesa to Crazy Bushwhack to outside of Moab!

November 21, 2017

 



Miles: 23
Steps: 48,460
Vertical gain:  3,381 feet
Liquid consumed: 160 oz.
Wildlife: Rabbits, deer, cattle, dog
Faith in Humanity: One guy stopped and rolled down his window and asked if I was ok.  Thanks man, I’m doing great!

What a day!  A bit of a slow start due to the cold but once I was on my way it was smooth sailing; for the morning at least.  One cool thing was a whole bunch of dinosaur tracks!  There was an overlook with a trail and supposedly a bunch of Dino tracks.  It was hard to get a good photo, but the concept sure is cool!

Next mission: find my water!  On the way to the eatery here was a huge Road Closed sign for the road I needed to take.  Uh oh!  I found my water and continued to the road.  It was definitely closed for full repaving.  I asked one of the workers if I could walk the closure and the answer was no.  I looked at my map and asked if I could just create another route in the national forest without using the road.  He said anything is free in the National Forest.  I thanked him and went on my way.

The repercussions of my decision were quickly apparent.  I’m gasping, out of breath climbing a super steep hill.  Hmm, will it be like this the whole way?  Then I look at my map and realize I’m on the edge of some private property.  Damn.  I quickly move elsewhere.  I debate my original plan to stay above the road and decide to cross it once.  On the other side I can Bushwhack to another road and go from there.  Clear?  Not at all?  Nor for me... What am I doing?

I crossed the road quickly and immediately had to contend with a steep gully crossing. The main issue with this whole Bushwhack, starting here, is incredibly thick brush and prickers! I’m honestly amazed I came away with only a few scratches and a beat up sleeping pad that was on my pack.  Quite a few of the steps I took were directly into more and more pointy bushes!

It took a while, but I reached the other road after some determination.  As I’m walking the 3 or so miles on this road I look at the map again.  Without using the closed road, is it even possibly to connect to where I want to go?  Only one way to find out, I guess!  I started my 2nd long bushwhack section.  Most of this one wasn’t as bad as the first due to somewhat recent fires, but some of it sucked pretty badly!  Really not a fun Bushwhack at all, but I made it back to my intended route without too much damage, so I’ll call it a win!

Once back on route things were great!  Amazing vistas overlooking Castle Valley and Fischer Towers!  So beautiful!i took the UPS trail which stayed really close to the rim for another 3 miles and savored the view.  Such an amazing place I’m very lucky to be able to explore!

Due to the crazy Bushwhack I didn’t get in quite as many miles as desired but I’m not complaining.  I’m just super happy the unplanned route worked and I didn’t get injured or anything.  Still got in 23 Miles setting me up nicely for my Moab entry, I hope!

 

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