I was at work about 6 weeks ago and stumbled across some info for the Flying Monkey Rally in Zion. I was kinda interested since I've never been up in that neck of the woods. I threw the bait out to a couple of my buddies and they were lukewarm at best in their interest. I threw the bait to my wife and she took it. I sold it pretty smooth since it was my birthday weekend. As soon as she gave me the hall pass I requested a couple days off work and it was set, I had a 5 day weekend. It wasn't long before my buddies lukewarm interest had gone cold. I had already secured the time off so I was planning on going with or without them. Full disclosure... I wasn't really in to the big group ride idea as much as I was in to just seeing the area. I'm sure they are fun and it looks like they put together a really cool event but I'm just kind of an introvert so flying solo to a rally just isn't in my nature. In addition to that, life has been a little bumpy lately and I just really wanted some time to decompress. I thought maybe I'd just plot my own course and take a walkabout. The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea of a few days to myself. Nothing but radio silence on the rally from my buddies... I had 5 days and a blank canvas. I sat at work one afternoon looking at google maps. Originally Zion was my destination. Then I started thinking about other stuff I wouldn't mind seeing. Eventually I had put together a loose loop close to 2000 miles and never even made it to Zion. As time passed I continued to refine my route. Gas stops, food, lodging/camping options, alternate routes. My walkabout was taking shape.