Monday, I shared a brief video of my Kokopelli Trail ride. I had an ambitious plan. Some things went well. Some did not. I had planned on heading out on Sunday, but the weather forecast wasn’t great and I decided to head out on Saturday instead. I was three hours into the day, I changed my plans. Instead of riding to Moab in two days with a campout, I decided to keep going and ride it in one day.
I had crazy weather on this day. Temps were relatively mild but I had severe wind, rain, dust storms, and even some hail/snow! I was actually thankful for the little bit of rain. I would have been in trouble had it really rained. Thankfully, it was just a little bit of rain and it kept the dust down and firmed up the soil, making my ride faster.
Because I changed plans mid ride and decided to do Fruita to Moab in one day, I decided to roll the last 30 miles into town on pavement. I was crushed as I had been pedalling for 9.5 hours straight with little rest. The last 30 miles were no cakewalk either thanks to more wind and rain. Finally, the weather broke for good and I rolled into Moab.
That’s a wrap folks. While I didn’t do the whole Kokopelli, I did end up riding almost 120 miles in 13 hours. All in all a great test of body, mind and equipment. Just what I was looking for from this trip.
I finished the night off with a Subway feast and then rode up to the Slick Rock campgrounds in the dark to meet some friends from Nebraska, Colorado and Montana. The wind was gone and the stars came out making for a perfect evening.
What a day! I will never forget it. It was without a doubt one of my more difficult days of riding ever.
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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.