Enjoying God's creation (people and places) ........ and fulfilling our desire to conquer and explore.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Boys at the Track

With Sean and Bryce owning a couple of nice little dirt bikes, they decided to head to the track. Of course, Sean is an Ex-Pro.....so Bryce was nothing but a student, learning a ton with his first track experience. There was some high flying (mainly by Sean) and there was a dropped bike (once by Bryce), but overall the boys had a blast!!!! Both boys are riding blue, Yamaha bikes.....but Sean wearing the Red and White and Bryce is wearing blue and white.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Strom and A-Basin

I needed a day to clear my head, so a ride was just what the doctor ordered. I left the house about 9:30am and returned at 5pm. With a couple of stops, including lunch and then a coffee, I ended up riding 315 miles. I wanted to loop around by A-Basin Ski Resort, as today was their opening day.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Moab Trip - Day #3

Saturday morning found everyone sleeping hard. We were sore and beat-up from all the tough riding. This would be the day that Bryce and I would pack up and retrace our ride back to Joy's house.
Bryce and I slept in my little tent, but with the thick sleep pads, it was really nice. The overnight temps dropped into the low 60's.

Coffee was the go go juice that everyone was craving, as Matt whipped up some awesome breakfast burritos.
Before leaving town, Bryce and I found a bicycle shop to purchase an air pump. (We had two flats on the trip up and used Bill's pump.) At the shop, we discovered what they did with worn out tubes.

The ride back to Joy's totaled 132 miles.... a thrid of those miles were really really tough, back up Sheep Creek.

Arriving back at Joy's, we gave the girls a quick ride.

Moab Trip - Day #2, Riding the Rocks....

After resting at the campground for a couple of hours, letting the heat of day pass..... we headed out for Slick Rock to ride Fins and Things. It was incredible riding. There were a few wrecked bikes because of either the deep sand or the steep rock climbs.... but generally a lot of very satisfied and worn out riders.

Once back at camp, Matt cooked up a buffet of a feast.... we had hotdogs, hamburgers and Salmon!!! We decided to changed his ADV handle from MAC to Chuckwagon!!!!!

Moab Trip - Day #2

Waking up in the light of day, we were able to take in the sights.... our decisions in the pitch black of night. At 11pm, after being on a bike for hours and hours.... we just wanted a shower and a bed.

The Shag Carpet and the fresh sheets in the Single-wide Trailer House, Motel.... were a welcome site. We just wanted a bed to fall in too, after a hot shower. We all agreed that it was the best $85 we had spent in years and years.

Karen owns the Motel, RV Park and the 141 Diner. She serves up an awesome breakfast. Bryce loved the HUGE bisquits and sausage gravy.

Then we headed out.... for the ride from Gateway to Moab. The sights were amazing and the riding was easy.... thank God, after the Sheep Creek descent.

Arriving in Moab, we were ready for a late lunch.... about 2pm.
Matt and Mark found us and led us out to the campsite.

Moab Trip - Day #1

Bryce and I began planning a couple of months ago... planning for a trip to Moab. We wanted to make our first trip out there to ride the rocks. After a lot of planning, studying maps and the internet and asking on forums, we had a plan. We decided to trailer the bikes to Grand Junction, where we could leave the vehicles with Joy..... and then ride backcountry roads (hopefully mostly dirt) all the way to Moab. According to Google Maps, it would be about 100 miles on the button. Over the weeks of talking with friends and ADV'ers, four more friends signed up for the insanity. Terry and Bill, from Amarillo, would join us for the full trek from Grand Junction, and Matt and Mark would trailer the bikes all the way to Moab..... set up camp and ride the rocks with us.
Waking up at 5:30am and leaving the house at 6am, Bryce and I headed for Joy's house.
Once arriving in Grand Junction, we met up with Bill and Terry.... and led them up to Joy's house. Joy was a sport, posing for a pic on my bike with Bryce and I.
Before departing Joy's house, we gathered to study the maps, to get on the same page, before departing.
Joy lives in beautiful country. This is a pic, atop a mesa, looking down on the Glade Park area and out west toward Utah. If only our plans would have held up. Our first route, ended in a locked gate.... our second route ended with a gate going in to a ranch headquarters.... and our third route, ended with a ranch sitting at the gate, saying we couldn't enter or pass through. This was all very frustrating, as all these roads were county maintained and were supposed to be public access. We were polite and simply went around. The only problem was..... our 2.5 hour trip, turned into 8 hours.
A good portion of the riding was pretty easy, but we certainly hit some very tough areas..... particularly the steep climbs with big boulders.
And then we arrived at Sheep Creek. Endless Switchbacks, and crazy steeps grades and very rocky, bowling ball sized rocks led to.... yeah, adventure riding.
More Sheep Creek.

Several times, we had to pick up bikes. Here, I helped Bill up.... and turned around to take a pic of my bike.
Then the sun went down and it got interesting.
Our last two hours were spent, watching the country go by.... by the light of a motorcycle headlight. We arrived in Gateway at 10pm and decided to bag the trip for the day.