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!

Freezing Fog

Freezing fog stuck to the branches overnight

We’re more than 1/2-way to spring though winter is still holding on tightly. We had a very nice night with cold temps and freezing fog. This morning there was a crystal forest outside our windows. As the temps soared above 12* (-11c) the frost fell from the trees and drifted slowly, gently down like snow

Crystal Trees
Like it says on the tin

On the Road Again

Kitty Camp-host


Packing up and getting ready for our annual migration in the opposite direction. Most full-time RV peeps head south for the winter. We’re going north again this year

The Husqie Adventure-450 wrapped up and ready to go

Got my new toy strapped to the back of the RV with time for kitty to practice a little bit of yoga before we go. The bike-on-back thing seems to be working except it covers the turn signals. Look for a repairs and mods post addressing that issue shortly

Sunrise on I-70

The drive over was unusually quiet. Not much traffic, no snow or other weather hazards, and we made the trip in just over 5 hours. We had an uninterrupted run at Vail Pass (and the tunnel) and Truck 2.0 pulled them at 55 mph no problem

Kitty does not want riding season to end

Well it looks like riding season on the east side of the mountains is wrapped up

A few inches of white to accent the chili peppers
Snow falls up here

It seems the snow has forgotten how to fall down and is now practicing some new upward-falling moves

Last Call

The view of the La Sals from the North East

The last Motorcycle ride of the year was a great time. Rode from Gateway Co to (almost) Moab. I’ve been working out a couple of routes this fall. One for dirt bikes and one for big twin adventure bikes. Now I have most of the routes ironed out for each type

Mandy, Mike, and Dan on the road to Rattlesnake Arch

I started this when it was hot out and now it’s just barely warm enough to ride and there is only 4 hours of ridable daylight. The sun sets early in the canyon bottoms

Dewey Bridge
The all-new Husqie Adventure-450 on the Kokopelli Trail near Dewey Bridge
Snow in the shade now
In the sun south of Fisher Tower
Snow bike tracks

Mid October Round Up

First day of the retreat was a bit snowy

Winter in the desert is just around the corner now. Mountains are getting snow and the passes are all yucky. I took a quick trip to Ft Collins and got some snow and mud on me. I spent the weekend in retreat with friends and became fully illuminated one morning (it wore off by lunch).

I’m a fully illuminated being. Big thanks to Robert for catching the moment

I’ve also been playing with my Mini-ADV bike. The all-new Husqie Adventure-450 is turning out to be a lot of fun and is keeping me from paying attention to my mountain bike. Friends and I are planning to ride in Idaho next summer, we’ve named it rIdaho. That’ll be a hoot!

Fall day at the Monument

In other news Truck 2.0 turned 300,000 miles this month. I spent a few hours and dollars chasing down a coolant leak, and a fuel leak but we seem to have that all sorted now.

Truck 2.0 turns 300,000
Glamor-shot of the Husqie Adventure-450 in the Colorado Nat’l Monument
Delightful fall day on the Monument
North of Baxter pass near cow-lake (named for all the cows nearby)
About 1/2-way up Baxter pass road. Looks like an old southwestern school house

I bought a new toy

As you recall I spent some time riding adventure bikes this summer and I decided to go ahead and buy one for next summer (plus this fall, winter, and next spring!) I got a mini-adventure bike instead of the big Africa Twin I rented for that summer ride

The Husqie Adventure-450 on trails in the Book Cliffs

The Husqie Adventure-450 is about 280 pounds lighter than the Africa Twin (250 vs 530). I can pick this bike up if it falls and it is a lot more maneuverable for the UTV and jeep trails that criss-cross the desert. I’ve spent a few weeks looking for a route to Moab that I can ride. The Kokopelli goes that way, but parts of it are above my ability. I have a dream trip of riding over to Moab one day and coming back the next. I also want to ride the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands NP. Maybe this year. Could be next year

Kitty is taking riding lessons. Vroom! Vroom!

I have been skunked a few times on my attempts to make loops out of 4×4 roads. The Husqie Adventure-450 is street legal and can go highway speeds so I can always hit the pave to get around, but I prefer dirt roads

This would make a great trials section, but it’s a no-go for the Husqie and me. This is a 4×4 connector trail I tried to make a loop with