My brother and I are new to this motocamping game. Since we're from California, we think that winter means it rains once a month. So we were kind of unprepared for what Utah would throw at us last week. It get's cold there. We froze our asses off up on top of a mountain and cooked our balls off going through Vegas... but that didn't stop the fun, in fact, I can't wait to get back and ride more of that awesome area. That's me and my brand new, 2013 Dl650 Vstrom- a bike I was told had all the character of a Honda Civic and all the off roadiness of a Barkalounger. Are you kidding me? My bike killed it- I went off road, on road, through gravel, over rock, on sand and clay and through water- no skidplate? No worries? No panniers? Who needs 'em! Have giant loop, will travel! Throw on frame sliders and a sheep skin butt pad and you can ride the world! I live in San Diego, supposedly I teach kids chemistry but to me it's just an excuse to burn or blow things up. The important point is that I've got lots of vacations- and my favorite one is our Fall break. "Fall", I thought, "what a great time to go for a ride. I bet that would be a good time to go out to this Moab place I've heard so much about, the weather's probably perfect." Now I just needed to convince my little bro to go with me- that part was easy. That's my little bro Mike (I guess he prefers a more grown up Michael but eff it, he's always been Mike to me). Best thing about his rig is not that it's a BMW, its the mandolin he straps with him anytime we do this kind of stuff. Little bro likes to bust bluegrass riffs while I try to keep our California asses the opposite side of hypothermic. Brother Mike actually thought his mandolin and the $20 Big5 special he brought would keep him warm through the night. Damn it gets cold in Utah. So we figured we'd take seven days and make a goal of getting to this Moab place. It was farther than we thought and did I mention it gets cold there? But on the plus side we figured out that when things get gnarly, the trip gets epic. And when the pavement ends... you better be ready.