Weekly Newsletter: June 12th-18th, 2023
- Written by Keith Huster
- 4 min read
- Last updated 3 months ago
What a fun week! Keith competed in the Dirty Dino Gravel Grinder and we spent the weekend exploring Vernal, UT! It's been so much fun getting out and exploring Utah's small towns this summer.
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Dirty Dino Gravel Grinder 🦖 🚵♂️
Keith competed in his second gravel race. This time, he competed in the Dirty Dino Gravel Grinder. The race, which was held in Vernal, UT, gave us the perfect excuse to spend the long weekend exploring this remote part of the state. This race was very different from the Salty Lizard 100 gravel race that Keith competed in last year. This race was much shorter at only 60 miles but had 6000 ft of climbing, most of which occurred within the first 35 miles! 🥵 We'll have a full post and video about this race in the coming weeks. Be sure to subscribe to our blog so that you don't miss out.
Fremont Indian petroglyphs 🪨 🎨
While in Vernal, we visited several local areas containing ancient Fremont Indian petroglyphs. These works of art are thousands of years old and carved into remote sections of cliff lines. It's hard to imagine people creating these glyphs so long ago. The images are fascinating as they depict various aspects of ancient civilization. Some might even say that they depict ancient aliens! 👽
Mountain biking at McCoy Flats 🚵♂️ 🚵♀️
Lindsey and I were finally able to spend some time mountain biking around the McCoy Flats trail system. This trail system routes riders through beautiful desert scapes and around several canyons and plateaus. The trails were just the right level of difficulty for Lindsey. This was such as relief since the trails in Price, UT were a little above Lindsey's comfort level. We both really enjoyed the day except for getting eaten alive by mosquitos at the trailhead! 🦟 😫
Driving the Red Cloud Loop 🚙 🏔️
Keith was so impressed with the beauty of the Dirty Dino Gravel Grinder race route that he couldn't wait to show it to Lindsey. So, we packed up the Jeep and headed up into the mountains to drive a portion of the racecourse. The scenery changes dramatically as you ascend up into the mountains. The dry, dusty desert quickly gives way to a lush, high-alpine forest full of large Pine and Aspen trees. What a spectacular way to spend the day! 😍
Upcoming posts and videos 👷 👷♀️️
We have two upcoming posts from our trip to Price, UT:
- Guide to visiting the Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry at Jurassic National Monument (coming soon)
- Guide to Mountain Biking the Wood Hill Trail System in Price, UT (coming soon)
We will also be putting together a series of posts from our trip to Vernal, UT. This includes a full post (and video) of Keith's experience competing in the Dirty Dino Gravel Grinder. Be sure to subscribe to our blog and YouTube channel so that you don't miss out.
We hope that you are enjoying our newsletters. Do you have any big plans for the summer? Let us know in the comments section below.👇 💬