Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Road Trips - Moab

It all started after a nice long Saturday morning ride as a bunch of us sat around drinking hot chocolates in the Adair Village coffee shop when someone said we needed to do a road trip to Moab. And that's all it took.  About 90 days later there were 7 of us in a rented 2013 Suburban loaded with 10 bikes.  We left at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday and drove all night and arrived in Moab to our condo at 7:00 a.m. local time (just over 1,000 miles).  That morning we road Slickrock and then that afternoon we did some trails at the Bar-M.

On Friday we got shuttled up to the top of Koppopoli and road down 22 miles including Porcupine Ridge to the Moab city limits.  We hit up Rim, Hot Pepper and Poison Spyder Cycles. Then on Saturday we road the Amesa and the new Captain Ahab (my favorite) and then in afternoon we went out to Bar-M again and road some additional trails including Bee Sting.

After a second great BBQ at the condo we packed up the rig and headed out at 11:00 p.m. and arrived back into Corvallis about 3:30 p.m.  It was a perfect trip with no egos or issues, other than some mechanical issues with some of the bikes.

Moab lived up to its name.  The riding was incredible and way different that what we ride in the valley.  The town itself is fun, everywhere you look you see dirt bikes, crawlers, 4-wheel drives, and $4,000 bikes everywhere. It is nice to see a community that embraces these kind of extreme sports and that all the different sports work together.

Tips for a good road trip:
1. Have a rig with enough room
2. Have a nice place to sleep (the BBQ, Hot Tub and Pool were worth it)
3. Pick some place you haven't been
4. Make sure everyone knows each others riding ability
5. Be flexible - sit in the back, the middle or take a turn driving
6. Warn before you "break the barrier"
7. Leave the egos at home
8. Make sure someone knows how to do bike repair
9. Share in the clean-up, cooking, and buying of food
10. Have fun, you still want to be friends when you get home!

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