On Saturday, I drive down to Moab with my mountain bike strapped to the back of my vehicle. In Moab. I take the new Moab Rim Tram to the top of the cliffs west of Moab, along with my bike. I attempt to ride southwest into the sandstone fins to a point where I can hike to Pool Arch. However, the jeep trail really isn’t a good mountain bike trail and I end up carrying or pushing my bike most of the way.
The hike to Pool Arch is pleasant though a little tricky. Pool Arch turns out to be a large class B arch and is probably actually a natural bridge. This is a seldom visited and hardly known natural arch hidden the sandstone fins that surround Moab.
On the way back, a brief but ambitious thunder storm drenches me as I push the bike down the sandy trail. This makes be giggle with delight.
Then the sun pops out to light up the freshly washed landscape and display a beautiful double rainbow. The scene almost makes me cry. For a few moments in time, all is right with the world.
It is after dark by the time I take the tram back down the cliffs. I’m glad the tram didn’t close before I got back.
(Note: The Moab Rim Tram has since shut down.)