Moab Utah: < We like Moab. It’s a fun tourist town geared toward adventure activities; rafting, hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking, four-wheeling. The hiking is great but the weather is in the high nineties. The pool at the Sleep-Inn feels good. We are surprised at all the foreign tourists. At the pool there are French, Germans, Italians and us. Everyone having a good time.
We plan to hit the road early because of the heat. This is the Friday before Labor Day weekend and Heidi is concerned the campsites and motels will be full, so the plan is to look for a place to hunker down for the entire weekend. At an adventure shop in Moab I study an excellent map of the state with contour gradients and listings for tons of camping spots. I’m glad I studied the map because the Utah state map that is free doesn't have any of the National Forest campsites listed, there are a ton of them.
Out in the parking lot early in the morning we are talking with three couples, all 2-up on motorcycles. One couple has their own Gold-Wing with a huge custom painted trailer. The other two couples rented bikes in Salt Lake City where they flew to from Iowa. The women askes Heidi how she packs for two years. They all had a good laugh while Heidi expounded about not having any shoes along. I think I overheard her bragging about having eight bikinis on-board. Hmmm… We could have talked all morning but like a sailor caption who needs to hit a weather window, we had to cut it short and get going. The plan is to do the Burr-trail road right through Capital Reef Park but with predicted highs of 105 degrees we change our plans again to head for the hills where the temps will be cooler.
The morning light shining on the hill formations around Moab is spectacular. It feels like we are seeing it again for the first time, beautiful. We didn't take much time for photos. The urge to just keep riding while in this type of landscape is overwhelming. We just concentrate on enjoying the ride. This is biking country, if you are a biker, road or dirt the Moab area is not to be missed. Heidi and I can’t say enough about the place. A ‘do-again’ for sure.