Ok so I am going to try to do a ride report for the first time using Smugmug. If it doesn't go well then I am sorry and I will try again later. First off, we met at my shop Sunday morning at about eight. I was supposed to be earlier but Mika met one of Montrose Finest on the way to the shop. Here is Adam infron of the shop waiting for our criminal We slabbed it all the way to gateway because the Plateau is still covered in snow. Mika and Adam ready to get off of the highway and into Unaweep Canyon for some twisties. When we got to Gateway we met Wally and got some gas and treats for the ride. This pic is Wally, Mika and Adam from left to right. We headed up out of Gateway via John Brown Canyon and enjoyed great weather and spectacular scenery. This is Adam tearing it up on the KLR Wally was enjoying his new-ish Vstrom and the warm weather. The nice part about the trip is that there are tons of signs pointing you in the right direction, you hardly need a map or GPS This is more or less the highpoint (elevation wise) of the road, you can see the La Salles in the background. Adam was stoked to see the red rocks of the Moab area. Unfortuneatly as some of you know Wally had an accident on the way down the pavement towards Moab. You can see his skid marks here. He slid all of the way off of the road. This is why you wear you gear. The Strom was a little worse for wear but still rideable Wally hit is head and side pretty hard so we flagged a car down and got him a ride into Moab to get checked out. Turns out his head was fine (small concussion) and I haven't heard the difinitive answer yet on his ribs but he was pretty sure he broke some. Maybe some damage to his shoulder too. We will find out soon and let you all know. Adam headed back after we shuttled Wally's Stom down the hill to hang out with his Wife and kid. After making sure Wally was OK and getting his wife on the way Mika and I decided to go back using part of the Kokopelli trail so we headed up Onion Creek towards Fischer Valley. We must have crossed the creek 20 times, it was a blast. And what a cool Canyon. We headed up to where you can get back to John Brown Canyon Road and road through some pretty deep sand and a few rocks but the 990 and the strom did well. Mika saved what I thought was an inevitable dump in the sand. Unfortuneately I wasn't quick enough with the camera so here is the view we had up top. Not bad (that is fischer valley in the distance) After some wallowing we jumped back on the JB road and headed back for Colorado. Here's Mika at the state line. Nice marking job?? It isn't too far from there to Gateway so we just booked it on back to Montrose. We hit Mo-town around 7:00 pm after leaving at about 8:30am. Not a bad day of riding and Mika had to head all the way back to Crested Butte where he had left at 6:00 am that morning in 17 degree weather. This is just the first of many Highland Cycles Adventure Rides. Hope more of you can join us next time.