26 February 2014 - 1:55A Break from Winter
Because sometimes you just need to get out of town.
Things have ramped up for me in the professional department, and while I enjoy the challenges of my life as an industry insider douchebag, I do like to remind myself why I live this life from time to time (ie ride bikes). It is a resource that wasn’t as readily available when I had the shop. If the schedule permitted, and the weather in VT is crap, driving 6 or 7 hrs certainly wasn’t going to make you any better off. Not like here. Where you could be in…
A bunch of my coworkers and I got cabin fever. We went to Moab. I brought the boy, because there is no reason not to. That little guy rode the 401 Trail last summer and lived, now it was time for him to visit the desert for the very first time. We arranged a condo, and loaded up the company vehicle and drove over the hill to Moab.
Now, I know that many of you are like “you’re bringing a 10 year old to Moab?”
And I’m like “You’re goddamn right I am”
Now, while it would have been really awesome to take him down Captain Ahab, I am slightly more responsible than that. In fact, my only infraction was forgetting sunscreen. So after a HEALTHY breakfast at the Love Muffin, I dropped the guys off at the top of Mag 7, and the boyo and I headed to the Bar M trails to do some easy riding. Temps were perfect, no clouds, mid 60s, slight breeze.
For those that don’t have one, 10 year old boys are a weird bunch. They are hard to motivate. They are unreceptive to new ideas, and they certainly do not follow instructions. However, this day was different. After the clinic about not stepping on the cryptobiotic soil, and not falling on cactii, we set off on a near 10 mile ride. The music to my ears, was the hootin’ and hollerin’ coming from the boy.
After a few hours, we all met back up at the van, and then went on a non bike adventure at Arches.
It had been a long time since I had been to Arches, maybe over 10 years. The good thing about it, is that it has been there for longer than I have been alive, and it has stayed just as amazing since my last visit. We hiked around for a few hours, and it was probably the highlight of the trip for me.
Sure we all went to Moab to ride bikes, but this was something we all did together on an even playing field. I highly recommend it. Besides riding with the boy, I’d even go so far to say that this was the highlight of the day.
After the hike, it was grocery shopping, hot tub and beer. We put in a solid effort, and were straight up winning at Moab. Winning I tell you.
Next post, the day after. It was equally rad.