POSTED BY JOEY - Late last week Sandhya and I were unsure of what to do with our weekend.  We wanted to head out to the desert somewhere, but didn't know if a multi-day trip was in order, or if we just wanted to day ride trails.  I was also hoping to get in some big miles, fully loaded with gear, in order to be slightly better prepared for the Arizona Trail Race (300-mile version - coming right up!).  Friday was nuts at the shop and by the time we made it home we were frazzled and still had no good ideas.  About 9pm I began looking though our collection of Utah maps, and - ta-da! - the White Rim presented itself as an excellent option.  It helped that a couple of customers, also prepping for the AZT300, had been talking about doing the Rim that weekend.  So it was settled - we would head for Moab in the morning, I'd do the White Rim while Sandhya went hiking in Canyonlands, and then Sunday we'd ride together somewhere around Moab.

Something about deciding on this plan at about 10pm didn't seem like a great idea.  And so it was that I began the ~95-mile Rim trip at 12:30pm on Saturday.  Fortunately the weather was awesome, not too hot, and I managed to start so late I missed most of the jeep/moto traffic!  Having only done a couple of five-hour rides since Labor Day weekend, I wasn't sure what to expect out there, but shy of ten hours later I finished up, in the dark, with my dynamo lighting system working awesome.  Tired, yes, but also more confident that signing up for the AZT300 wasn't a totally stupid idea...

The next morning we went and did a few easy hours at Klondike Bluffs.  Great times as always, just being on the bike.  Photos below; click to enlarge, hover for description!  Now, back to repairs...