The second part of day 3, we turned off
onto Golden Spike from its junction off
Poison Spider. As we departed we saw
skyline drive looming off in the distance.
Going up the hill wasn't a big
deal but going down was a little
intimidating. At the top we stopped and
stretched our legs and checked out the
view (something you never seemed to get
tired of in Moab), then hopped back in and
low geared it and double footed it down.
We followed the trail curve into the
narrow canyon then up the obstacle
crossing to the other side. When we got to
Zuki Hill we hadn't seen any reason to
actually name the obstacle until Alan
playing caboose had his rear driveshaft
U-joint let go with a bang. It was a good
enough stopping point for lunch and with
the tools and extra parts on hand, fixing
the XJ back up wasn't a problem.
For a good stretch after that, the trail
didn't have too much to offer. A little
bounce here and there led us out to one of
the rim lookouts. We naturally did the
posing thing with the peeps and Jeeps, the
cameras snapping off shots of the valley
far below. We also met some mountain
bikers nearby and exchanged "You guy's are
crazy," lines between our very different
The trail was pretty fun from there on
out. Step up, step downs, and ledge
combos. Somewhere around the mini-crack
Geoff's CJ's clutch linkage broke. He
drove in mostly 1st gear from then on out.
Before the day was done we had to stop a
few more times to rig it back up.
We caught up with another group at the
Golden Crack and watched everyone give it
a go. While most of us just aimed to get
across, Bob tried to see just how flexed
out he could get on the step drop and
Geoff just kept going back and forth over
it trying it wider and
wider down the line.
After using up all the crack fun, we
continued on through the rest of the trail
and obstacles. They views stayed great as
we finished up the last set of challenges.
We followed the trail as the spikes gave
way to bars. We met the other group once
more at the Giant Ledge as they were
winching up a lamer. When we made it to
dirt road, Alan's U-joint let go again so
rigged it up