Then this morning (today being dubbed a rest day) we all went to the Moab Diner for brunch. Wow what a feed, although we stuffed the system up somewhat, as swopped tables after we ordered, which caused a little bit of kaos, and as a result, Graham got my non meat breakfast burrito, and my brunch became an early lunch. Ju had pancakes with two eggs and hash browns, and could only eat a fraction of it. Her quote: "I can't believe anyone would order this size meal on purpose...." summed up the feeling of the group, and all for less than $10 per person including the tip......
After brunch all the others decided to bike the pipedream trail. Pretty tough it seemed, especially after such a huge meal. Murray almost rid himself of the lot, and Pauline had bike problems. They cut it short and headed back to the campsite for real relax time.
Ju and I went shopping (well Ju shopped...what is it with women, they seem to get so much delight out of looking....although she can't seem to help herself and more often than not spends as well....I just grumped). Then we went for a quiet gentle ride out at Klonzo.....
Well that is what it was meant to be... The directions to the Trailhead said "cross a sandy wash......" We didn't quite complete that section.....and the back wheels of the van sank into the sand....and we were going nowhere..... We dug. We placed broken branches. We looked for the jack. We swore (only nice swear words....cause we are on an adventure holiday...and this is an adventure....) Eventually a nice man turned up in a 4WD. Unfortunately, he had no tow rope....and disappeared. Fortunately, he reappeared with another man and 4WD. Then they both disappeared......only to reappear, and haul us out. Thanks heaps guys. You Americans are top guys.
The riding was great. Gentle non technical, swooping, sandy tracks, with short sections of rocks, easy climbs, and long sweeping downhills. And the light and temperature were great, as we were now riding almost in twilight, having wasted so much time stuck in a sandy wash...... A great
set of new tracks, just right for a gentle relaxing ride on a "day off".
Our last day in Moab, and the others are off to do the "Whole Enchilada". They had a bit of a rough time. Murray had a spill, and now has an impressive love bite on his lower sternum. Graham had a couple of spills, and a mechanical, but all claim a great day.
Ju and I went out to the Brand Trails. Had a great ride. Trails started pretty easy and flowing, but the further East you went the more technical. Ju handled them really well, taking the obstacles gently, and slowly, and rode most or the track. She's doing so much better than previously, but still berates herself. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful wife, who comes on these crazy holidays with me. Love you sweet lady. After a couple of hours she was pretty knackered, so I did another loop, on the west end of the park by myself. Fun fun fun. Fast flowing loops, with a few easy techno parts. A real fun days ride.
Caught up with the others for a swim, and we planned the trip tomorrow. Seems the government has closed all the National Parks....no funds, so we will have to see what happens re getting into Bryce,
Arches, and Zion....and will the roads that pass through the parks be closed as well? Arches was today.... Hmmmm. But that's what adventures are all about.....