Friday, May 28, 2010

Gooseberry Mesa

We spent Thursday night out at Gooseberry Mesa camping along a cliff. We awoke to sunshine and 80's.  We made a nice breakfast and took a ride around the "Goose".  Both Claire and I have had the pleasure of riding Gooseberry a few times before.

This is one of the best rides anywhere.  Its just outside of Zion National Park.....not to be missed.

 If you look close you can see Claire in the next one.

The weather is perfect down here.  Bluebird today with highs in the mid 80's.  Heading to Hurricane, UT to Over the Edge Sports for a BBQ tonight.  Turner bikes is in town....shuttles and fun tomorrow with the Turner crew.  

p.s. Claire rides a Turner

Thursday, May 27, 2010

More Thunder Mountain....

A few more for such a cool place.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thunder Mountain Utah

A quick video of yesterdays evening ride on Thunder Mountain in Utah.  I edited this around the fire.  Starting to get the hang of the macbook pro.

Thunder Mountain from Josh on Vimeo.

More to come soon.  I've been bad with posting.


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Vernal, UT


We decided to leave Moab and head to Vernal, UT.  I had the opportunity to visit this place last year at the same time and fell in love with it.  While the town isn't that cool, it does have amazing biking and some of the nicest people around.  The camping is great and Troy the owner of the Altitude Bikes, and builder of most of the trails here, has done a great job building an up and coming bike mecca.
We had the opportunity to ride  Jass-Chrome Molly yesterday afternoon.  I didn't have the chance to ride this last year, but this is one of the best trails anywhere.....I'm serious.  It starts out with a killer decent (I'll post the helmet cam video later) and also has some fun pump track style sections.  There is a mix of climbing and decending into a cool ridge towards the end of the ride that is amazing.  If you ride this remember to keep lefts in all.  I don't think I've grinned this much in my life.  Great camping right at the trailhead and there is a lake close by for afternoon swimming.

We woke up today and shot into town to grab a free breakfast thanks to the local fire department.  Great breakfast and nice community spirit.  We had an amazing night that was very warm and one of the most beautiful sunsets I've seen in a while.  We enjoyed a great cocktail and stretched our legs.

Surprisingly after last night the weather turned windy today so we're not sure if the riding everyday streak will continue (everyday since we left).  The legs are definitely saying take a day off though.  They are coming back to me after a long winter of no biking.  I definitely want to be in animal shape when the high country dries out.

Maybe a stroll in Dinosaur National Monument or a soak in a hotsprings is in order....we have all summer right?

Cheers to chillin' today!!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Moab, UT

Its funny how much life is like a train. It can take a bit of time to slow either down. I think we finally have life nice and slow.....exactly where we want it.  When your biggest concern is where to ride and what to make for know its easy.

Cell phones have gone away along with checking email everyday.  Life is much nicer without either we are finding out. Its amazing waking up in a beautiful location and doing what ever you feel like.  No worries.

We're in Moab right now enjoying the mighty fine weather. We had a bit of rain yesterday afternoon, but it sorted itself out today. We had a nice breakfast at the Bartlett Wash trailhead where we camped alone, and then enjoyed a fine sunny ride to burn off the breakfast....also alone.  The weekdays are much nicer here than the weekends.  It gets a bit hectic on the weekends this time of year to say the least.  We both have spent a bit of time here and are just doing some of our old favorites.

From this morning:

 Kona has discovered that she loves climbing slickrock cliffs, chasing lizards, and swimming in the middle of the day.  She was a bit nervous climbing steep sections and getting close to the edge of vertical 1000'+ foot cliffs, but shes an old hat now.

She even blends in with the locals....

Where too next?  Hmmm......

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Grand Junction, CO

Rode the Ribbon Trail in Grand Junction today and played on the lunch loops. It was an amazing day...sunny with high's in the low 80's with a nice breeze.

We also walked around downtown for some pictures.

Heading to 18 road tonight for some Fruita goodness. Changed the rack configuration around a bit and went with a hitch rack.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

It begins....

We decided to begin our trip out at the Ranch in Sedan, MT just a few miles past Bridger Bowl. This is one of our favorite places and a fitting start to our trip. We are on our way to Vernal, UT to start, followed my an old favorite....Grand Junction, CO and its neigboor Fruita, CO.