I, along with a number of SOBs (Judy, Lore, Sandra and Denise), had a wonderful biking/hiking Moab vacation last week enjoying Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.  Needless to say the scenery was simply awesome and the fact that you get so close to all of the attractions was an added plus.  The weather was most cooperative with sunny skies and afternoon highs in the 70’s.

Without a doubt the cycling highlight for me was riding the La Sal Mountain Loop.  A group of 10 cyclists from our party, including Denise, rode this 63 mile loop that included a grueling 17 mile, 5,500 foot climb up “The Big Nasty”.  The 21 mile descent, where I reached a maximum speed of 40 mph, was something that I will long remember.

Big Nasty Photo

Summiting “The Big Nasty”

Also, a cycling highlight of the trip was Judy attaining a post-crash personal distance milestone of 40 miles during our ride along the Colorado River.  Afterwards, the entire Santa Fe contingent celebrated with lunch and, of course, double shot lattes, excepting Judy, who felt that her accomplishment merited a triple shot!

In summary, a great time was had by all.

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