I've been going to Interbike for something like 12 years. Somewhere along the way, Interbike stopped being fun. Then, two years ago Joe Meiser pushed me a bit by doing a little early morning adventure riding on our Fargos. Last year I was injured and couldn't ride, but this didn't stop Joe and Tim as they did a short overnight bike packing trip up above Bouder City. Little did Joe and Tim know, but they started a new tradition. This year after set up on Sunday, David, Tim, Joe and I headed to hills for a little pre-Interbike overnighter. Joe took a new Spearfish, Tim and David were on new El Mariachi's and I was on my trusty new Fargo.
After a large hearty meal we headed out. The sun had just dipped behind the mountains. Not long after starting out we found this creepy crawly friend crossing the road. I couldn't help but stop to take a couple of pics. Eventually he crawled under my Fargo and off into the desert. After regrouping, we pressed on.
As we worked our way up and over the mountains, Vegas appeared in the distance. Lights illuminated the entire valley. Joe's and David's headlamps streak by the city that doesn't sleep. Again, we pressed on climbing up and over the range. Eventually, we would find darkness and set up camp.
For me this was the high point of my entire trip to Las Vegas and Interbike 2010. The weeks leading up to the show were a bit hectic & crazy. This night felt like the reward for much of that work. It was the calm before the storm. It was the refresh and recharge we all needed.
Our gathering time ended shortly after each of us finished our lone refreshment. It was time to sleep....Or at least attempt to sleep. It was just 3 days prior to the full moon. Shortly after we all crawled into our bags and/or bivy sacks, the moon rose up over the mountains and illuminated the night. It almost felt like sunlight until the moon went over the far mountains around 3:00AM.
Eventually, we all did manage to get some sleep before our alarm went off in the early hours of complete darkness.
Like clockwork, we all packed up our stuff. Tim and Joe made coffee and we hit the trails for our return to Boulder City.
As we zig zagged up and down and across the desert on beautiful single track, the sun began to rise. With more light our pace quickened. After rolling through an early morning photo shoot by Future Publishing, a UK based print media mogul, we rolled down the gravel into Boulder City. Thank you David, Tim & Joe. What a great way to start and remember Interbike in Las Vegas.
Next year, we are supposedly headed west to Aneheim, California for Interbike 2011. All I can say is OK then. We'll be happy bike packing in California too. Maybe next year a few more will join us.
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Growing up as a Minnesota farm boy, I developed an appreciation and love for land and open space. This appreciation has fostered two passions, cycling and photography. Both of these passions provide freedom, encourage me to explore and foster creativity. More importantly though, my journey with a bike and a camera reminds me that the world is big and I am small.