Unfinished Business

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by kickstandsup, Apr 15, 2018 at 3:00 PM.

  1. kickstandsup

    kickstandsup Long timer

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    Unfinished Business

    Sometimes, there are things you want to do, plan to do, intend to do. Sometimes, there are things you must do, have to do, are required to do. Sometimes, there are things you shouldn't do, mustn't do, are, to put it plainly, dumb to do.

    And sometimes, you have to "re-Karma" what you do, so the new do is different from the old do.

    I want new do. The hell with the old do. The old do sucked.

    You see, the old do ended with 9 screws and a plate in my left ankle. X-rays. A cast. Physical therapy. A walking boot. Time off from work (ok, that wasn't bad). A knee scooter (that was bad). No riding for 8 weeks (that was worse). A fair amount of cursing.

    So to hell with the old do.

    But still. Utah + me = unfinished business.

    Time to go back, but with New Karma. Leaving Thursday. New routes, new goals, new hotels, new people. A new experience.

    Let's do the new do!

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    Trip Intent

    Canyonlands and Arches National Parks are this trip's potential targets. I've ridden past in the past, but did not take the time to stop and smell the red rock. Island in the Sky and The Needles in Canyonlands; Devils Garden, Delicate Arch and The Windows in Arches. Touristy, yes, especially Arches, whose website warns about long entrance wait times. They even have a webcam streaming the line, just like your local DMV, yikes! We'll see; I'm thinking a dawn patrol run may solve the problem. Should be good photography as well. Put on the clear visor and turn the Gerbings up to "roast" while the normally cool desert morning transforms into a warm afternoon.

    And, although I'm writing this before the trip but during the research, I'm willing to be wrong about all of it. If there's a path that's more Zen, where the Force beckons, or has little yellow bricks on it, well then, that will be the road...


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    In fact, further sleuthing has disclosed that the Halls Crossing Ferry is up and running after being down, again, for repairs this winter. That's also been a goal; it was broken last year too...and I'm a romantic sucker for ferries, especially when they carry your bike into an otherwise inaccessible perspective. The turntable ferry from Glenelg to the Isle of Skye in Scotland was a hoot. So was the Cape May to Lewis, Delaware trip, which always let me bypass a large swath of ugly when heading south out of New Jersey, and at the same time enjoy the dining excellence of a Ferry McMuffin. Floating across Lake Powell has an obvious appeal: red canyon walls, blue water, a unique experience. Up and running, yes, but also closed for a couple of days just last week because of high winds, so a pre-ride call seems in order; the road there is a literal dead end. The ferry leads me in a different direction than Arches and Canyonlands. But maybe she has little yellow bricks on her deck. You never know...and since I haven't ferried this way 'fore, still New Karma, with no crowds. Hmmmmm.

    Then there's Moab, not for the legendary dirt, but rather for Route 128 along the Colorado River. And it's proximity to Canyonlands, so the two, theoretically, could be combined, along with Castle Valley and the La Sal Mountain loop. Maybe Dead Horse Point and Sego Canyon Rock Art thrown in for good measure on a big loop. More hmmmmm, and more new do, with less crowds. Even as I write this, the idea of sitting in line at Arches straddling an idling BMW and waving to the webcam makes me itch.

    Staying in Mexican Hat, but this time at the Hat Rock Inn, home of the Swingin' Steak. No, you can't make it up. New Karma. Good Karma. Last year, when I crashed without falling off, the kind folks at the Hat Rock allowed me to leave the GS, aka The Hammer, on their property for about a week waiting for Haul Bikes (great, by the way) to pick it up, even though I didn't stay there. Could not have been more helpful and a big shout out to Jessica, who coordinated with the hauling service and also mailed the bike cover back to me. Figured I should vote with my wallet, plus they have a heated salt water pool! More expensive than the other choices, but quality New Karma ain't cheap.

    This will be a solo trip, also part of the re-Karmatization. I need it all this time, no sharing.


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    The Route North

    Relatively simple, as there are really only a few options north out of Tucson. Through the Salt River Canyon, the mining town of Globe, Show Low (named after a card game), the Petrified Forest, two Indian Reservations and Monument Valley.

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    The Hammer is packed and sits patiently waiting in the garage corner, weather looks good, GPS is stocked with potential. I'm making an offering to Karma tonight. Dawn launch tomorrow, 485 miles planned, losing an hour with a time zone change. Photos, stories, results 4 days later...

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    Karma, karma, karma... :photog


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    Go get some Karma!!
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    In... Utah has been on my radar for the past six months...
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    I rode into Arches back in June 2015. There was no wait. Maybe things have change since then. Between Arches and Canyonlands I'll take Canyonlands any day, at least I would if I was riding.

    The high point of my 2015 trip was riding the Shaffer trail in Canyonlands.

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