As with last year, a trip to Moab, Utah was planned for early\mid Spring. This year however is absolutely terrible timing. Two days after I’m set to come back from the trip, I’ve got a trade show with my shop. I find out that we’ve also hired a sales & marketing intern, so this adds in the prep work needed for the trip. Oh yah……I’m also a couple months in on building a new house. I’m not swinging the hammers, but I still have the feeling of “I should just stay home”. Yet, I’m living in a basement, with my moto crap on borrowed space as well in my parents basement, so stick with the plan and get in some bucket list rides I missed last year.
The plan was to leave Thursday April 28th and get home Saturday May 7th. Factor in 24 hours of driving, which gives us roughly 7 days of riding, or something like that. Still fuzzy and all that. Last year there were 3 of us driving out together, meeting up with some guys from a local Meetup group. This year was just myself and John T, who I’m sure I pissed off plenty before the trip with my himhawing about saving pennies for the house, my current work load, and my consideration of selling my KTM 350, to which he kindly referred to as”the most fking incredible bike ever”. Other than that, our riding plans were “get there and ride”. I had some ulterior motives and longed to do 5 Miles of Hell, and the Kokopelli Trail with visiting Top of The World along the way. Aside from that, the plan was to ride a lot and get home with bodies & bikes in the same condition as when they left.
The cast of characters for this year:
Amazingly enough, we stuck rather well to the initial plan. John arrived at my parents place where I said goodbye to my wife and dog. We began loading up the back of my truck with Johns 350 (his bike is precious and needs a Rekluse and can’t get dirt on it :D), followed by piling in all our crap, ending with my 350 sitting neatly on the hitch hauler. All this was packed into my extended cab Chevy Colorado, which at this point had less than 5,000 miles on it. Why I suggested taking it is beyond me, but hey….it’s more fun than an F150 :lol3
All loaded up, we got out the door @ 5:32pm CST. Next stop….Moab!