The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.


The Promontory just by the Visitor center. From here you can look out into the Canyonlands and down at the Schafer Trail. 


We’d had a pretty spectacular day at The Arches but Canyonlands offered the chance at some serious off road action. How serious became really apparent once I walked out onto the Promontory and looked down.







But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Before you do anything in this park, you have to pay your fee in the Visitor Center and get the conditions of the off road trails. I’d looked at the White Rim Trail but a good chunk of it was under 40 inches of water near its end so that ruled it out. After some discussion Kelly and I figured the Potash road was a good option. It was rated as a tough 4×4 road with some ground clearance issues. Ground clearance has never been the Strom’s strong suit. Though I’ve raised my bike’s back end by an inch and the new Kenda Big Block gave me another inch on top of that to play with.

Still pushing past our comfort levels was going to happen after we’d seen some more of the park…

Which is something to see…





The other side of the mountain, That thin ribbon on bottom left hand side is the White Rim Trail






Arsing about…






I love the way the sandstone is formed by the wind and weather.

As stunning as the vistas from the top of the mesa were, the Schafer Trail was waiting for us and after seeing the switchbacks, I’d be lying if I didn’t have doubts about tackling it.

I hope you guys are enjoying my pics. Check out my thrillers Devil’s Gambit and Reliance on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format.

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