Day 1 - Four wheels instead of two How in the world are you supposed to be able to experience Moab in only three short days? The answer is simple: You can’t. By by God, we’re gonna give it one hell of a shot. We hitched our bikes to our ‘99 Yukon and left Tucson for the outdoor Mecca that is Moab. We overnighted in Monticello to save a few bucks and headed for Arches National Park in the morning. For this trip, instead of our normal camp out, we splurged and decided to glamp. For those who don’t know, glampping is basically renting a tent that is already setup with beds and furniture. We stayed with Under Canvas and were not disappointed. We dropped the trailer and decided to exercise the Yukon. We entered the park via Willow Springs road instead of the main (paved) entrance. Good thing too, because the line to get in looked pretty long. Turns out Willow Springs road used to be one of the main entrances back when the park was a monument. It’s a dirt road that required clearance, but we made it in 2WD with the exception of one small spot. There was a stretch of soft sand at the beginning that would have been a challenge on the bikes, but the rest of the road would have been great for the GS. We had our annual park pass, but there was no checkpoint on that back road. Our first stop in the park was Delicate Arch. This is probably the most famous arch in Utah as it is the one pictured on every Utah license plate. The bike from the trailhead was 1.5miles in and 1.5miles our (3miles RT). It’s a decent hike with elevation changes, and not much shade, so bring more water than you think you’ll need and that will be the right amount. The arch is worth the sweat and effort. It hit 92 in the park during that hike (early June), and so by the time we were back to the car neither of us felt like straying far from the AC for the rest of the day. So, we meandered through the rest of the park and took in the sites. We found a shady spot for a picnic lunch and then headed out of the park via the main entrance. If you only have 1 day in Arches, go to Delicate arch, Devils Garden, and the Windows. I wish the weather was cooler as we would have done more hiking in the park... next time. After unloading the bikes and checking into our ‘tent’, libations were had and we capped off the night with fireside s’mores. Tomorrow we’ll head down Potash road, up Shafer Trail, and explore Canyonlands and Gemini Bridges on the bikes.