The Arizona Strip, the small section of the state north of the Grand Canyon, is one of the most remote locations in the Lower 48.So it was only fitting that the Ultimate Adventure pay a visit to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to take in the views. After playing tourist the group bounced along the Utah-Arizona border through Kanab and Fredonia before returning to the Grand Canyon along dirt roads. From the cliffs above we could see unsuspecting rafters below on the Colorado River.
By this time it was late afternoon and the group had covered over 100 miles of rough washboard road, but trail coordinator Trent McGee had more in store for the participants, sponsors, and cronies. What came next was a virtual “UA 1000” of silt beds, rocky canyons, and endless dirt roads. It was well after midnight before our very dusty band of adventure seekers arrived in Hurricane, Utah, for the final hurrah of Ultimate Adventure 2017.
Day Six started with a trip to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. This side of the canyon is more remote and as a result less visited, making it a perfect stop for UA.
Poor Keith Bailey seems to run out of fuel on every Ultimate Adventure. This year he added three Daystar Cam Cans to the back of his CJ for extra fuel capacity, and he needed all of them on Day Six.
Further downstream we visited the Grand Canyon again. This was a 50-mile detour down a rocky, bumpy road, but it was worth it to experience a view of the canyon that few people ever get to see.
Cronies Trent McGee and Clifton Slay were having some sort of weird contest to see who could cover himself in more dust. The puzzling part is that Trent was in front as the trail leader but still held his own in the dust-off.
We need to add an air filter sponsor to Ultimate Adventure next year! We covered nearly 200 miles in the dirt on Day 6 of the event, including after the sun went down.