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Old 04-05-2009, 04:55 PM   #1
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My trip to Moab, almost

I accepted an invite from my friend Tom (Enduro-ince) to ride Canyonlands and Moab.
I hadn't heard from him by Wednesday and I was anxious to go, so I left from Prescott, AZ on a long awaited camping trip.
The weather forecast wasn't good, but nobody believes them anyway.



After 100 mile dust storm, things started to settle down in Monument Valley.



Arrived in Monticello a day early, so I got a motel. Not having camped in 10yrs, I didn't want to get carried away.
Next morning I hopped in my truck, backed out and forgot I had the trailer hooked up. I'm not a morning person. First dent in almost 20yrs.



Determined not to let it ruin my day, I set off to find the camping spot Tom had told me about.
It's a secret spot that nobody knows about , so all I can give you is a hint where to turn off.



The three campsites he told me about were taken, so I followed the windy road a bit further and found a excellent spot with
a babbling brook and plenty of room for anyone who showed up!




Pretty soon, Tom and his family showed up and we set up camp.



I scared his two year old half to death trying to be funny and took the next 3 hours to make friends



The scenery was awesome and apparently it's the hot spot for rock climbing.



The next morning the ride was on. But so was the approaching storm.



We did manage to get an excellent ride in on Friday.




With only one minor mishap.



But it was all good , so we went exploring and found some more dead ends.



And some nice stream beds to clean off the bikes.



It was looking a bit threatening, so we headed back to camp.





to be continued...

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Old 04-05-2009, 05:19 PM   #2
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Old 04-05-2009, 05:22 PM   #3
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Old 04-05-2009, 05:27 PM   #4
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Old 04-05-2009, 05:52 PM   #5
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Yay! Tom's good people.
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Old 04-05-2009, 05:57 PM   #6
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While Tom returned to Dad duty, I went to have a look around and take a few pics.









Back at the campsite, it was feeling a bit nippy. Tom pointed out what he said was a snow cloud, but being much older and wiser, I said, "no, it's just a low cloud".

Before long, we found out who knew what.



So we had a few laughs about his sun umbrella and determined it couldn't be more than a dusting.




Well, by 8pm I was hiding in my sleeping bag hoping daylight and the sun would come soon.

I got half of my wish. It was still snowing!




Thought I heard someone show up last night in a two wheel drive car, but I must have been dreaming.....
Maybe not! It was Tom's friend Jason from Boulder. He was nice enough to lend me a hand with his scraper.




These Colorado people think this is fun.




Since it looked like the ride to Moab wasn't happening, I decided to attempt an escape before it all turned to mud or ice, or both.



I did manage to narrowly squeek by a huge dropoff right next to the road (didn't stop to take pictures) on my way to the main road.



Tom and the gang, which now included his Mom and Dad were partying Colorado style back at the camp while I was hightailing it for Arizona.









I do hope we hear from them soon. There's no cell phone coverage, Wal Mart or anything out there. Tom, please help me finish this report......
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Old 04-05-2009, 06:24 PM   #7
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Beautiful pics! I hope everyone makes it home safely... this is one for the storybooks. At least you got to ride!
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:38 PM   #8
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:42 PM   #9
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:42 PM   #10
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Oh man...what a difference two weeks makes!!!
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:26 PM   #11
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Kooool

I mean cool, real cool!! . You didn't stick around for a little snow riding . I travelled back to my ranch in kansas - holy crap, windy, cold, rainy, snowy, high for the next couple days 38. WTF, its April.!!!!! Did I mention the wind - 40 mph with gust to 60 for 4 days now. See ya on the next ride! Man, I gotta get back to arizona

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Old 04-06-2009, 06:47 AM   #12
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Home, Safe N Soggy!!!

We made it out alive yesterday!!! Bob, good call on bailing early, it snowed all day again on Saturday, finally stopped about 6PM. It got worse before it got better thats for sure. Then, as I was breaking up firewood for the thousandth time, I rolled my ankle. Sunday was bluebird but of course i could barely walk so we took our time packing up, finding all kinds of Bobs stuff that was burried in the snow, and plotting the best way to get 3 more vehicles out of there. Have you figured out what your missing yet Bob??? Your going to have to give it another shot up here soon so you can retrieve your missing items..

All In all not a bad campout really, it could of been WAY colder, and I could of broke my ankle instead of just badly spraining it.


Till next time, Tom
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:57 AM   #13
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I drove by Toms place late afternoon after a day skiing and saw his rig/bikes so he must have made it home, looks like an epic camping trip!
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:37 AM   #14
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Yowsa!

Now, I'm glad I was too injured to make this trip!

I don't like the cold, ya know. Sorry I missed you Bob. Healing up over here. Next time.
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:48 AM   #15
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Yikes!

Well not every trip can be perfect.

Glad you got out of there Tom. I bet that road was slippery!
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