Ive been taking a spring riding trip to <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1lace w:st="on">SE Utah</st1lace> for almost 25 years. This year would be only the second time that I took an entire week for intensive Desert Therapy. It was also the second time I would be riding the Hole in the Rock Trail (HITR). This time we were taking three days to ride the HITR area, a couple of days in the Needles area, then a couple of days in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Moab</st1lace></st1:country-region>. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> Whether the bikes and bodies would hold up to this kind of abuse remained to be seen. <o></o> Suffering acute vacationitis, we launched out of <st1lace w:st="on"><st1laceType w:st="on">Fort</st1laceType> <st1laceName w:st="on">Fun</st1laceName></st1lace> mid afternoon on Friday. We super slabbed to the Cisco exit and arrived at <st1lace w:st="on"><st1laceName w:st="on">Dewey</st1laceName> <st1laceName w:st="on">Bridge</st1laceName></st1lace> in time for cocktail hour with Crash and Annie. The next morning we surveyed the remains of the bridge and said our farewells. In the morning, we took the Colorado River road into <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1lace w:st="on">Moab</st1lace></st1:country-region> then down to Blanding where we loaded up on final provisions before heading into camp. There we met up with Catfish, Eastbay Dirtbag (aka Julie) & her husband Scott, and many others. Total head count was around 18 riders. Once we had camp secured, we went out for a late afternoon warm-up ride to an overlook of the <st1lace w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">San Juan</st1:City></st1lace> canyon. Having a mix of sand and rock gave everyone a good idea what would be involved with the Hole in the Rock Ride (HITR) the next day. <o></o> With a 45 mile round trip under our belts, we got back in time to refill our bikes and prepare for a ride double that length on Sunday. This was a good shake down ride for everyone to understand the terrain, their machines, and their capabilities. It was also a good way for Crash to get his first crash(s) out of the way.