There are a lot of reasons that people hate this trail. They happen to be the same reasons I would tell you that it’s great. It’s hard. It’s in the middle of nowhere. It’s rocky, a good chunk of the trail is spent rolling over baby head sized boulders.
For a number of years I have been making a bucket list of bike tours and some backpacking trips for the time after my retirement. Juggling when I retire for financial security for my family, yet being young and healthy enough for my planned excursions that will last upwards of 6 months has not been easy.
If you would like to try self-supported bike touring, you will need a bike. Your choice of bike depends on the type of touring you plan to do, and where you intend to ride.
For nearly 35 years now I have been riding regularly. I believe my mind and body now need, indeed crave, a good ride when I go too long without one. They have become accustomed, addicted if you will, to a steady diet of riding, and all the good fitness and feelings that come from that. Without it, my world starts to unravel a little bit.
In the context of Cycling Utah, the Monte Cristo Classic is a 97.8-mile, out-and-back ride up, over and back (and up & over) the Monte Cristo Range in northeastern Utah.