This leg will take you past the beautiful Abajo (Blue) mountains on the right. Passing thought the Comb Ridge at mile 37.5 is a majestic moment. Leg ends at the Mule Canyon trailhead where Anasazi ruins dating back to 1200 AD can be explored. GASOLINE WARNING!!! After the turn off at State Road 95, the next gasoline is in Hanksville, 121 miles away. Make sure to fill up in Monticello, Blanding, or the gas station at the corner of 191 and 95.
Elevation Map – Leg 2
I want to join Rodney in the Taco Time for some fast protein, but my stomach is still recovering from the pounding climb into Monticello so I make do with PB&J (which at these temps and humidity goes stale pretty much in the time it takes to remove it from the ziploc and get it to your mouth) and Coke Classic. It's not the kind of sustenance that will support you over 100 miles of riding as I will soon find out.
Where, after what must have felt like two weeks of being stretched on a rack, he hands the baton to Ivan
Moab to St. George – Leg 3
This leg is long but offers a nice gradual downhill leading to the Colorado River and beginning of Lake Powell. Pass the Natural Bridges National Monument at mileage 17.6 where the team vehicle may want to stop for a moment and view some of bridges at the National Monument. Also notice the Jacob’s Chair landmark around mileage 35 on top of the cliffs to the right. As you come to Lake Powell you will cross the Colorado River bridge then immediately after that the Dirty Devil Bridge. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Powell.
Elevation Map – Leg 3
Moab to St. George – Leg 4
This leg has a gradual climb out of Lake Powell up to a plateau summit followed by a gradual decent into Hanksville. Enjoy the view of winding red rock canyons all along the ascent and tall rock pillars and layered cliffs along the descent.
Elevation Map – Leg 4
After Ivan's astonishing 55 miles in 2:49 we're back to an hour in the black compared to our predicted times but the ambient temperature is now creeping toward triple digits and we've got Rodzilla in the saddle and 1500 feet of climb ahead.