Unfinished Business

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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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    SUCCESS!!! :rilla

    The bad JuJu has been exorcised!!!

    More photos and the story later this week after I sort thru...some teasers... :photog

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    Launch

    It's easy to take the route out of Tucson for granted. After all, you have to fight what seems like endless non-synchronized traffic lights for about 25 miles before the road "opens up" and reveals some desert beauty along with riding fun. Leaving early helps; true of most places.

    Departure about 6:30 am, with 485 miles planned.

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    Clear of the city, the climb begins. Sweepers, little traffic, as I head toward the Salt River Canyon. Cool but not cold, low 50s to start, Gerbings on "simmer," we burble along...

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    More sweepers, little traffic. The perfect start.

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    Things are going along swimmingly until...

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    Into every ride a little road construction must fall...this time, Apache Indian Reservation construction. Thankfully, these lovely ladies make waiting for the Pilot Car enjoyable...plus, I'm first in line...no need to eat dust...until later...cue the music...

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    Rolling into Show Low, it was time for some late breakfast/early lunch. Right on the Deuce of Clubs is Persnikkity's Cafe; a quick dive into the parking lot and I'm inside, just as the WIND is starting to pick up. Not my photos (I pulled the off the web), but I swear, it looks just like this... :lol3

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    As I'm waiting, a couple of riders pull in, heading south to Tucson...and warning me of impending doom...locust, pestilence, plague...all manners of horrible things brought on by the "worst WIND I've ever ridden thru." I'm not worried, I've got New Karma...cue the music again...bum, bum...bum, bum.. :p3rry
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    Onward to Petrified Forest National Park. A surreal landscape and yes, the wind was picking up, but surprisingly was mostly at my back. Depending on the direction tho, the side blast could be pretty fierce. Generally Good New Karma...so far...

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    At the northern end of the road thru the Petrified Forest is a Route 66 memorial; this is the only National Park that Route 66 intersects.

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    There's even a Caddy grille to mark the spot:

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    Next stop, the Hubbell Trading post, the oldest continuously operating trading post in the Southwest. John Hubbell purchased the post in 1878 and built a trading empire. Sold to the Park Service in 1967.

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    Apparitions in the Dust

    The wind and dust really pick up in Chinle. Visibility drops, there is crap blowing all over, but progress is still possible. I press on to Monument Valley.

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    There's so much dust that "vortex circles" form on the back of The Hammer's windscreen:

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    Roll into Mexican Hat...still pretty windy, but it is calming down. Check into the Hat Rock, and here's the view from my room:

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    And, of course, the "gear explosion" in the room...

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    Time for a shower and a stroll to the Swingin' Steak for dinner.
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