The Red Recharge


Ever get that feeling you just gotta get some dirt between your fingers?  There's a chunk of the country that has given  me this sense before I ever set foot in it.  It's roughly a square region bounded by Grand Junction on the NE and Diamond Creek on the SW.  Lucky for me, this is also my backyard ;)

In the lower elevations of this region, snow is not usually a concern, but it can be.  This weekend, for example...a few days ago Moab got 3-4" of the white stuff, unbeknownst to me.  Armed with the Yeti, a ride plan to drool over and a generous helping of ignorance I hit to road for Moab yesterday.  Getting closer and closer, and lower and lower, and the snow getting deeper and deeper, it was apparent the ride was going to be on  roads.

80 miles of mostly pavement in sub-freezing temps, but damn was it a sparkly clear and calm day.  A real beauty.  The Yeti flowed like silk...which was nice cause the last time I rode her she tried to kill me.

This was the start of the planned route.  After a bit it seemed stupid to ride on ice and snow.  Dave and Chris, you guys are nuts.  Maybe there just wasn't enough snow  to make it fun?  

Click this one for the full res - Darwinism in action.

Nice scenery around here...

Arches NP

Top of the initial poison spider climb.

The recharge is complete.  I came back with a head full of new ideas and tons of motivation to kick my own ass for the next 2 weeks. 


Published Monday, January 08, 2007 8:25 AM by Dave


# @ Monday, January 08, 2007 1:44 PM

Way Cool! Next sat Chris and I are planning to do white rim if the weather lets us...

Very cool pics!


# @ Monday, January 08, 2007 2:36 PM

White rim, that sounds awesome. It was closed when I was there yesterday. I'm not sure if that applies to bikes...but probably does. They probably got 4-6", but if the weather holds I'd guess it could be ridden. Don't hold me to it tho!


# @ Monday, January 08, 2007 7:40 PM

Beautiful pics! Looks like you had a good time and found a way to get some miles in as well. Looks like travelling is in order for both of us right now to get the big miles in though.