SpaceTime is bent

13 miles between them

As I was driving back from Moab I notice that Fruita keeps getting closer to Grand Junction

11 miles between them
7 miles between them
Down to 6 miles

When you get on the highway at Fruita going to GJ the sign says 5 miles to go. YaY! weirdness!

La Sal Loop

It was a little chilly on the road, but not that cold!
Between the La Sal loop and Moab on the Sand Flats Road

After the Kane creek adventure I hooked up with the La Sal loop in Spanish Valley and rode it around to the Sand Flats Road

Camp spots were still closed Memorial day weekend 2020

It was cold enough up on the hill to make me put my coat back on. Covid-19 has most of the campgrounds closed in the area. That’s not stopping some people from camping there anyway, but hey, this is ‘murica. It was a pleasant ride on mostly decent pavement around to the Sand Flats Road. They call it Sand Flats for a reason. The road is half-dirt, half-deep sand with a few rocks jutting out at odd angles just for fun

Snow-capped La Sal’s from the Sand Flats Road
Entrance to the Slick Rock Trail

The Sand Flats Area includes the Slick Rock Trail which is super grippy when dry. Super slick when wet. I stopped for a scenic break out on the slick rock

Taking a break on the Slick Rock Trail

The Mtn Bikers always look at the moto’s with distain on the trial because they don’t know it’s actually a moto trail that you can ride bicycle on. Silly rabbit

Cross-walk in Moab. So festive!

Down from the Sand Flats Road into Moab and the cross-walk is looking festive! As I was loading the bike up a deer came to see me

Local wildlife in Moab. Deer in a vacant lot! I know! who would have thought Moab would still have a vacant lot!

Moab is Filling up

Kane Creek 4×4 trail part II

Kane Creek part II, The walking tour

As you recall I got skunked on my quest to ride Kane Creek 4×4 route from end to end. Thwarted just two miles from the end I turned tail and rode back to Moab the way I came. Turns out that was a good plan!

The last Champ section before Hwy 191. This is the easiest of the three options for climbing out of this place

My concern was that the trail would get worse and I would get stuck between two sections I could not ride. That was SOOO true. The two miles I bailed on were mostly unridable. Unless you are an expert rider on a trials bike

Yet another Champ section on the Kane Creek 4×4 route. 12 psi in the front. 8 in the back baby!
And another Champ section

I did have a grand time walking it though. This area is so beautiful in the spring! There were tiny lizards running to and fro, green trees, and a clear flowing creek

Kane creek disappearing down a slot in the sandstone
Lush aspen grove in Kane Creek
Another sunny cool day on the Kane Creek Trail
Having a yard sale on the Kane Creek Trail
I walked down to this bridge when I rode Kane Creek from the other end
Check out the fuel cap that got smashed off a UTV on one of the Champ sections

Sunday Drive

Cactus Blooms in the desert!

The Cactus are blooming in the desert this week! It’s a delight to see them! I went for a Mtn Bike ride the other day and it was grand!

Trail-side inspiration!

The next day I took to the hills with the Husqie Adventure 450 and went north to Douglas Pass

Sign of the times

Covid-19 has us trying to stay near home and failing miserably at it. The campground is full of people from 100’s or 1,000’s of miles away. I had to ride more than 10 miles just to see the sign (below)

Oops, went too far

Moab is Open!

Kane Creek 4×4 trail Part I

It was super-quiet at 9am Friday morning. This must be what it was like back in the day before it was discovered (not 1985 quiet, more like 1997 quiet)

At the top of Hurrah Pass. Got passed by a Subaru outback on the way up here. Kind of a lame trip

I saw Hurrah Pass in a video and thought it would be a kewl trip. It was way too easy to get to the top. A dualie truck with 12 foot camper made it over to the other side. On the way back I decided to take a little 12-mile road to highway 191. Kane Creek looked like a nice way to spend the day

Another delightful day people-distancing

I planned to ride the Kane Creek Trail out to 191 then head back to town. It’s only 12 miles, how hard could that be? The ride up-creek was a delight!

Kane Creek Trail under Kane Creek

I feel like I crossed or rode up the creek about 100 times. There were more than a few challenge areas with big rock obstacles (I folded the mirrors and tucked the GPS so I wouldn’t hit my chest on them) Notice the lack of a paddle in my kit

Snack-stop on the dry-side of Kane Creek

Since I started before the maddening crowds the creek was clear and I could see the bottom (sand and rocks. lots of rocks)

Lunch break on Kane Creek Trail

Rocks, then water, then sand. Repeat. I stopped here for lunch and had 1-bar of cell service. Enough for a call but not to send a pic

So many delightful sights to be had!

After this point it started to get sporting. Steeper, rockier, repeat

Sometimes Hamburger eats you!

This was the end of the trail for me. Ten miles in, only two from the end, and I had to turn around and ride it back. So sad for me

There is only about a mile of this rock-strewn trials section. Great for super-jeeps or big-tire UTV’s

I did watch about 8 UTV’s, 2 big-tire jeeps, and a couple of 300cc 2-strokes bash their way up this. Not for my old bones. Average speed on this trip was 8 mph. It took me over 7 hours to ride out and back to/from Moab. There are a lot of kewl trails in this area. If you are in Moab, ride ’em!

Glade Park and Beyond

Saw this west of Glade Park on the DS road

I was out social distancing the other day and rode past the old school house west of Glade Park

Schools out!

It looks like the playground still gets some visitors

On Hotel Mesa near the Dolores Triangle, Utah. LaSals in the back-ground

Fifty miles farther west from the school house and I’m getting a good view of the LaSal Mtns near Moab


Seems like the blooms are a little late this year. Didn’t get much spring rain so maybe that’s why


The desert gives way to the forest. Glad I have my warm coat today!

Took a tour of the Book Cliffs in Utah today. Looped out at about 105 miles of BLM gas-field roads. Saw a couple herds of Elk too. It’s still early spring/ late winter up there

A little fixer-up in the Book Cliffs

Found a cute little valley which will be a delightful camp spot in about a month

Handle-bar deep snow. I may be a little early for the road to McCook Ridge

The main gas-field roads were plowed and snow-free (dry too). The side trails are going to be awhile

Weird is the new Normal

Devil’s Canyon Area near Fruita

Went for a little hike near Devil’s Canyon the other day. Me and about everyone else in Fruita. The parking lot was full on a Wednesday. I’m glad to see everyone who lives in the valley getting out. Less glad to see people coming from Covid-19 hot spots to vacation here. I just hope they buy LOTS of take-out to keep our restaurants open!

Next time I’m going to put some distance between me and the peeps

Here I’m practicing physical distancing. I’m about 50 miles from the nearest person

Took the Huskie Adventure-450 out for a spin. Traced down some old RR tracks from a mine north of Baxter Pass. The RR bed is rideable in a few places. In many others it’s missing or on private land so I got thwarted in my quest to ride it from 4-road all the way to Cisco, UT. Didn’t see another human for over 100 miles. Cows though, lots of cows

Flowers on the trail

Some of the early desert plants are up and smiling!

Putting some distance between me and the next person. About ten miles to them at this point

Took a trip out in the west desert with the mountain bike. Got lost. Front brake failed. Had a great time! The desert is perfect for human happiness this week

Sweet spring grass growing in a cow’s foot-print
This is what I get for bringing a pedal bike on a motorcycle trail. Switch-backs are for the weak-legged!

I followed some Motor-bike trails into the piƱons near the Utah border for fun one day. Moto don’t need no switch-backs! I did a fair amount of hike-a-bike and it was glorious! I also go a little lost

I was pretty lost at this point in the ride. Glad to know I’m near Clarke USA 21-14. Helps a lot …

Y’all gotta go

Shields up!

And then they closed the campground where I volunteer. Escapees from big cities and mountain resorts have been arriving in the desert in droves. Along with the summer travelers whose plans have been thwarted by Covid-19 they have filled up this small town. The Utah desert is closed to overnight visits so the Grand Valley is about as far west as you can go. Stay at home orders, toilet paper hoarding, you know the drill by now

These two don’t understand social-distancing

On the up-side there have been a lot of beautiful Zoom meetings as people come together online to stay connected

This one understands social-distancing and shelter-in-place

Evasive Action!

We headed over the mountains from Denver to Fruita the other day and got caught in a traffic jam. Brake light city! I had to do some fancy steering to avoid a collision and the swerve action emptied the cabinets onto the floor. Dumped the boys on their butts too

The contents of the pantry landed on the floor
The drawer blew right out of the cabinet
The stuff over the sink landed under the dinette
Under-sink stuff ended up in the tub

The only real damage I can find is a box of crushed crackers and a box of spilled pasta. Maybe a broken back-up hard drive too. We got SUPER-LUCKY!