Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

So there are a few fires burning in Colorado this week. One is snowing ash on everything in Fruita, and the other has the interstate closed so all my online orders are delayed a few days

Sunrise over the Pine Creek Fire
Nasty ash on everything these days
A red sun

So now we’re wearing an ash mask on top of our Covid mask to stay safe. The good news is we only have to put up with this until the rainy season which maybe starts in October????? So only two months or so away

More Mesa!

Since it’s getting into the 100’s in Fruita again I headed up to Grand Mesa for coolness and adventure

I started here

I started my day in Collbran then went North and East from there

Loamy little two-track thru the woods. Looks more like Idaho than the western desert of Colorado

I rode a loamy little two-track ATV trail up to the boundary between the Grand Mesa and White River forests

Up on the border-lands. Didn’t have to move the bike to get two pix
On the border-lands
At a cross-roads up on Grand Mesa (I took the road less traveled. It made all the difference)

I didn’t see but one person and a half-dozen cows the whole day. It looked as though the trails had not been used by ATV’s for awhile. Only cow and horse feet prints marked the soft earth

This trail is most used by animals with hooves. Apparently Cows like ATV trails too
Nice little pond on the Mesa
It might look small, but the top is more than 10,000 feet above sea level

rIdaho

Tennessee-Mike, 3-cat Mike, and Eric went to ride the Idaho BDR. We had some great rides, great meals (thanks Eric) and some cool crisp days:

The Toy-Hauler all loaded up!
Our first campground in Wallace, ID
On the trail between Avery and Blue Cabin
The Blue Cabin on the Idaho BDR route
Down by the river
So beautiful! And cool too, only about 80* here – over a hundred back home
Blue sky, green trees!
Trail marker tree on the Lolo Motorway
Wonderful trails and roads in the area around Lolo Pass
Wild Rose! I saw and smelled a lot of these on the trip
This is in the men’s room at the Lolo Hot Spring Campground. It might have been a good idea before the virus of that name swept the nation. Now, not so much
Tennessee-Mike using his big-dog skid plate to keep the KTM-790 from leaving the trail. He parked it on a big rock!
Burnt Knob fire look out building
The view from Burnt Knob toward the North
Looking down from the tower at Elk Summit (one of about 50 places called Elk Summit in Idaho)
Sweet two-track North of Elk City, ID
Gettin’ lost on the two-track near Elk City
Yup, the Fall River road is still washed out
One more watch tower before we head home

Grand Mesa

Where it’s nice and cool, Mmmmmmm

The lower cabin

There is an old historic cow camp up on the Mesa which has been preserved for our enjoyment. It was likely tough work in the day, but now we drive to it in air-conditioned rental cars so it’s no big deal

Back in the olden days up on the Mesa
Inside the upper cabin. Fancy!

The inside of the upper cabin is quite nice. It smells a little dusty; nothing some sweeping and new curtains couldn’t fix

Lands-end observatory

Further west on FR 100 I came to Lands-end. It’s where the Mesa turns to a cliff and falls into the Grand Valley. Super great views and decent cell phone service. The local wildlife has figured out that humans are a source of food. They put on quite a show for a meal 🙂 so squee!

These little dudes are abundant at the Lands-end look out point
One of the many reservoirs up on Grand Mesa

Access mode ready

New blooms in the park

I’m in stand-by mode these next few weeks. I have a big trip planned for mid-july and I don’t have as much time to play in the desert now that it’s HOT. I did manage to sneak in a couple bike rides though. My friend Tom came to town with The Lost Box and we went riding out in the Kokopelli area

My friend Tom stopped by with the Lost Box Expedition truck this week

Some creative person left a kewl gift for passers-by out on the Wrangler trail

This is so kewl! I saw this on the Wrangler Trail
Baby dragon foot-prints!

It seems there is a baby dragon in the Park making cute little foot-prints

Erratica

Stupid Target.com

First-off a rant aimed at Target! I ordered some corn chips along with other things and the dufus who packed it put the can goods on top of the corn chips. Grrrrrrr

Cactus Blooms!

Meanwhile back at the ranch … CACTUS BLOOMS!!

Yellow Cactus!

I love these little flowers so much!

This little delight is about 1.5 cm in diameter

I also took a couple rides out where the peeps don’t go and found myself on the Old Spanish Trail above the Colorado River. I’m a little confused as to why anyone would ride this way to get somewhere, and it’s possible that the somewhere that this trail served has disappeared since then (POOF!) [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Spanish_Trail_(trade_route)]

As advertised

I also took a spin on Lions/ Kokopelli trail since I’ve never been this way before. An early morning delight!

Looking down on Steve’s Loop from Lions/ Kokopelli Trail

I friend of mine went traveling across Texas and stopped at the world’s Largest Bowie Knife (Bowie, TX). I was there a few years ago so here are pictures!

A friend wielding the world’s largest Bowie Knife!
Me, Lana holding Gus, and Mike (it was super-windy that day)

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