All Summer I have been planning a big multi-day ride, one that would have me exploring parts of Utah that I've heard much about and only seen small parts of. I've been pouring over maps, reading about trails and different areas from various sources, learning what I could before setting out. I wanted to stay on as much dirt as possible, until it was time to head home. My plan was to head out from home in Fruita, CO and head towards Moab, using parts of the Kokopelli Trail to get me there. From Moab, follow the South side of the Colorado River, then turn towards Hurrah Pass. Beyond that I would travel thru Lockhart Basin, then into Cayonlands NP and up Elephant Hill. My route would take me thru The Needles area, then into Beef Basin and the Abajo Mountains above Monticello. Eventually I would drop out of the mountains, then take the highway over to explore Arch Canyon, then South again along Comb Ridge, reaching the final destination of Bluff, Utah. Day 1- I left after Noon on Friday, leaving me plenty of time to make Moab. I hate being in a rush! Here's the bike loaded up with camping gear, food and water for 3 days. I also carried a Camelback with the rest of the gear and food and the stove on my back.- Riding thru Rabbit Valley and McGraw Bottom on the way to Moab.- After arriving in Moab I got a room at the Silver Sage Inn, cleaned up, then started walking down to the Moab Brewery for dinner. I was lucky enough to find some friends that were in town and already there, so we shared diner together. Day 2- The next morning I loaded up the bike and set out for the beginning of Hurrah Pass. I had to pace myself, I had a lot of riding ahead of me and much of it would be very difficult. Hurrah Pass- And beyond...- The turnoff for for Lockhart Basin. This portion of the trail turned out to be one of my favorites from the trip, the trail winds up a wash providing plenty of opportunities for playing around. Despite the fun, there were more than a few challenging obstacles.- Little did I know that this would be 'practice' for some of the upcoming trials ahead.