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Durango To Moab 2015

July 20 - 26, 2015   An interpretation of the events.


Durango To Moab 2015

Campground in Utah: She had a machete. The van dribbled engine oil on the ground.



Durango To Moab 2015

Are you ready? Spare tubes? Check. Spare tire? Check. Salted Nut Roll? Check. Extra bike shorts. Nope. Beer? Check.



Durango To Moab 2015

Wait! Did you just say you don't like Megadeth?



Durango To Moab 2015

No country for old men? Psshhhh. We are very immature.



Durango To Moab 2015

Must be near Purgatory, a.k.a Durango Mountain Resort. Massive gates guarding driveways to chalet-ish homes. Carefully dressed folks tailgating with wine, cheese, and crackers before the symphony performance. Kurt's Lifestyle Audits. Since 1985.



Durango To Moab 2015

First hut at Bolam Pass. Dry roads? Check. Warm fire just started in the hut? Check. Start of massive downpour of ice-cold rain, just missed? Check.



Durango To Moab 2015

First night. He hands out ear plugs. He snores. Great. Polite gesture. Though it turns out the others should prolly take a lesson, given the chainsaws-in-the-night competing for supremacy. I, of course, don't snore. Cough.



Durango To Moab 2015

Woke up panting a few times in the night. No wife to say, "Cool it, mister." Anyway, it was prolly just the thinnish air of nearly 12,000 feet. I'm good.



Durango To Moab 2015

Says here in the hut journal that a previous party spent nine hours fighting three miles of optional singletrack mud, up to the axles. We took the road, thankfully. Hoping everyone will forget I voted for the singletrack. Heh. Heh.



Durango To Moab 2015

Breaking our arms every night toasting our good fortune with delicious, warmish beer.



Durango To Moab 2015

Watched some elk this evening. They don't move since they have a complete salad bar at mouth's reach everywhere they stand. Lush, lush, lush.



Durango To Moab 2015

Text route description? Check. Ability to orient and read a map? Check. Handy GPS unit for extra help? Check. Getting lost and riding from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.? Not us. Kurt's Lifestyle Audits. Since 1985.



Durango To Moab 2015

Team RideEmGood. (Thanks Sam Hall!)



Durango To Moab 2015
Durango To Moab 2015
Durango To Moab 2015
Durango To Moab 2015

Dinner tonight: Whittled hotdogs out of Spam 'cause we really wanted dogs for din-din.



Durango To Moab 2015

Impressed the locals with our skinny-dipping skills down at Buckeye Reservoir, then high-tailed it out of there before we got offers we couldn't pass up.



Durango To Moab 2015

He set the food scraps bucket out in the meadow this evening, hoping to wrestle a bear at midnight. Couldn't sleep. Too much growling in the meadow.



Durango To Moab 2015

Built the biggest beer-a-mid the Geyser Pass hut ever saw. This is not our first roller derby. No wait! The beer-a-mid was bigger than that, but it kept blowing over in the breeze. Serious.



Durango To Moab 2015

We danced on the pedals all the way to the top of Carpenter Ridge up out of Paradox Valley. Alpe d'Huez also today in the Tour. Coincidence? Don't think so.



Durango To Moab 2015

Didn't get lost again. Arrived at next hut early. Bored. Drinking beer and eating peanuts. Thinking about milking a moose to make ice cream to sell to people from Tennessee. Kurt's Lifestyle Audits. Since 1985.



Durango To Moab 2015

"Your soft parts will only get softer if you keep bathing," he said in an irritated voice. Actually, he didn't say that, but that's what he meant by, "I once went seven weeks without a bath," as I stripped to jump in the lake. Kurt's Lifestyle Audits. Since 1985.



Durango To Moab 2015

He went out for an evening cougar hunt. Couldn't sleep. Too much meowing in the night.



Durango To Moab 2015

Blood shot eyes. Loud diesel truck. A can of beer in one hand. An AR-15 in the other hand. "Welcome to Black Mesa. I'm hunting coyotes." That is true. Kurt's Lifestyle Audits. Since 1985.



Durango To Moab 2015

Premature speculation led us down the embarrassing path of disappointment, only once.



Durango To Moab 2015

"Don't look down the chute of that composting toilet. Ever. Poop comes out at funny angles."



Durango To Moab 2015

That's when three bears crossed the road, right in front of us. We failed to notice.



Durango To Moab 2015

He had a little get-off, and a bloody knee to prove it, but explained the importance of saving the bunny that had crossed just in front of him.



Durango To Moab 2015

"Well, I'm never not happy to see the hut!"



Durango To Moab 2015

"Your loaded-down steed will not be like riding your home bike on your home course."



Durango To Moab 2015
Durango To Moab 2015

Not wanting to get caught in his first ever traffic jam, our team lifestyle auditor insisted we not pull into Dillon, MT during the five o'clock rush on our way home. We get it. We kept going.



Durango To Moab 2015
Durango To Moab 2015

Montana Muley 2014

November 4, 2014 - I never feel sad anymore when I kill. I'm way above that. It's a sense of having taken and the reassurance that it was done sustainably. Hunting is conservation.

My 2014 Montana Muley.


Montana Mountain Lion

October 23, 2014 - Never know what you'll come across when you get outside...(scroll down to see more)

My latest mountain lion photo, Fall 2014

Meow!


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