|Morning view from near Candlestick Camp. Stillwater Canyon and the Green River in mid-distance. The Buttes of the Cross are illuminated in far distance below the moon.|
I purposely designed day 3 of my White Rim trip to be more on the relaxing side. I even allowed myself to sleep in until the sun came up, and what a glorious sunrise it was.
A had a relatively easy 31 miles left, with interesting side trips to Fort Bottom and Hell Roaring Canyon. The weather this day was perfect, and without the slight hint of wind! I felt strong, and even managed to climb the Horse Thief Trail non-stop.
|Candlestick Camp. The large sage brush between my bike and bivy served as a decent wind break until the wind finally subsided at about 2 am.|
|Wide-angle view of the Orange Cliffs and Buttes of the Cross above Stillwater Canyon.|
|The Holeman Spring slot canyon is just below the White Rim Road, adjacent to the Wilhite Trailhead.|
|Exploring the short but sweet Holeman Spring slot.|
|On the edge in Canyonlands National Park.|
|Wide open canyon below the Holeman Spring slot.|
|Potato Basin and the Green River.|
Watching the Green River go by.
|Examining the 85-year-old trunk at Art Murray and Kenny Allred's cowboy camp near Potato Bottom.|
|Chugging up the Walker Cut and Hardscrabble Hill.|
|Changing from biking shoes to running shoes at the Fort Bottom trailhead.|
|Running above the Green enroute to Fort Bottom. Bighorn Mesa rises overhead.|
|Somewhat similar to the Citadel Ruin at Cedar Mesa, the "Moki Fort" above Fort Bottom is an Anasazi ruin with limited access making it easily defended. and s likely stronghold.|
|At nearly 1,000 years old, the Moki Fort is holding up pretty well.|
|Mark Walker's cabin on Fort Bottom. This well-built (Mark was a carpenter by trade) cabin is now over 110 years old, and represents one of the oldest relics of cattle ranching in Canyonlands.|
|Relics of the uranium mining boom are plentiful near Mineral Bottom.|
The final thigh-crushing switchbacks of the Horse Thief Trail.
|The big climb up Horse Thief is a fitting conclusion to an epic ride.|
It felt great to finish strong. After dreaming about and planning about my own White Rim trip for a couple of decades, I felt a bit sad it was over.