Dave and I took a 16 day road trip adventure into the western deserts to climb and bike ride throughout the first half of April. It was an incredible (and affordable!) trip and such a great escape from life. We had two primary destinations along the way: Red Rock Canyon, Nevada to climb and Moab, Utah to bike.
I know many wouldn't take a "vacation" that included so much exercise, but I don't really know how to live my life any other way! I looked at it as a fun quasi-bootcamp for my rider fitness. Over the course of the trip, Dave and I biked and hiked well over 100 miles. (And drove 5200 miles.)
We left WV Thursday evening and made it through the night to western TN before taking a break to sleep awhile. Once we'd reached AR, we paused for a bit near Conway to hit up some singletrack I'd found through the MTBProject app (what a useful, accurate resource!) before continuing on to OKC for the night.
We had a great night in OKC with a friend I hadn't seen since I was 13, and then we headed out for Albuquerque the following day where we found more singletrack to enjoy. We crashed in Albuquerque that night and struck out for Arizona the following day.
We'd originally planned to reach primary destination number 1 (Red Rocks) the following day, but following with the theme of finding a place to bike to break up the drive, we decided to stop in Flagstaff. Ultimately, our 15+ mile ride that day led to us not wanting to drive more, so we found a sweet camping spot and crashed in AZ for the night.
Interspersing the drive with biking daily was AMAZING. Neither Dave or I enjoy being immobile and confined to a car for long. Getting out to exercise and spin our legs was a great way to battle against the tedium that is driving cross country.
|He didn't even make it out of the state before he dug into the Chex Mix my mom made us|
|Dinner in Knoxville|
|AMAZING trail system outside of Conway, AR. VERY well constructed and SO MUCH FUN!|
|Damn good dinner from Packards in OKC|
|Not sober. Not warm.|
|Downtown OKC from the rooftop bar (so cold)|
|James' dog Fozzie. OH MY GOD HE IS THE CUTEST.|
|OKC bombing memorial - just wow. A chair for every victim.|
|Reflecting pool where the building once stood. Chairs on right. Survivor tree to left.|
|Gorgeous trails below the Sandia peak on the edge of Albuquerque. A TON of fun once I got over my fear of falling onto a cactus.|
|Fisher Point loop trail near Flagstaff. Thanks to the trail running ladies for taking this for us.|
|The field we took the previous photo in viewable below. We rode to the top of the rock formation!|
|Mmmhmm. Gimme this any day.|
|Peaceful (and free) camping spot. We managed to only pay for camping 3 nights of the whole trip.|