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    A farewell to summer...


    ...in the form of a hello to fall.


















    Pigpen and I found ourselves with a free weekend to spend.  High pressure dominated as did a just-full moon.  Seemed sacrilege to be anywhere other than under wide open skies.



















































    We played the omniterrain card largely because we each have new toys to suss out.  That, and I've had my eye on an unconventional route into Canyonlands that needed a closer look.



































































    Monsoons *really* left a mark this year.



























    At the Green, time to unrig/rerig.




































    Would have loved nicer weather, but couldn't think of how to improve it.






















    Christened.




































    Side hike.  "Wow--what river is that?!"




































    Mouth of Horseshoe Canyon.  Left the boats and went a-walkin'.




















































    My potential route, true to form, seemed ambitious for the time allotted.  We gladly shortened it and made an early camp.








    Next morning, back to the boats to water and coffee up.  No really--there *is* a boat there.



















    Oozed along with the current for a few miles before a sandy track joined the river.








































    Took out, unrigged/rerigged one last time.

































    Bit o'shwackin'.












































































    One last hill to hump up.

































    With no real agenda other than to be outside paying attention, it'd be hard to call the weekend anything other than awesome.














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    " So this is it
    I say goodbye
    To this chapter of my ever-changing life..."

    awesome pictures!
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    Awesome. Can never get enough of the desert.

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    INCREDIBLE! It seems the desert is a perfect place for bicycles after all.

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    Once again, delivering the goods. Pack rafts & bikes just seem to go together.
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    Awesome pics! Fall is very different there than in New England!

    I love the desert...whenever I'm out there I find it so peaceful, and love the wide openness.

    I really love the fall, but it's a love/hate relationship; the weather is finally more bike friendly, as far as lack of heat/humidity and bugs (and overgrown trails), but the days are just too short! I don't have enough daylight after work to get in a ride. Gotta invest in some lighting this year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by StuntmanMike View Post
    Awesome pics! Fall is very different there than in New England!

    I love the desert...whenever I'm out there I find it so peaceful, and love the wide openness.

    I really love the fall, but it's a love/hate relationship; the weather is finally more bike friendly, as far as lack of heat/humidity and bugs (and overgrown trails), but the days are just too short! I don't have enough daylight after work to get in a ride. Gotta invest in some lighting this year!
    I've never been farther west than Indiana and Chicago, someday I would like to visit the desert. As far as the northeast goes I gladly say goodbye to the sweltering humidity, the bugs, and the all too frequent 12+ hour workdays that bring my riding to a halt. I'm beginning to think summer may be becoming my least favorite season. With fall and winter comes the hunters, but with a good set of lights I wait til after dark so they won't mistake me for a turkey or venison sandwich
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    It sure was a nice summer, after the insane amounts of rain early on.
    But you are covered: fat bike. I would be lucky to have one of those up here in the frozen north. But I cannot comprehend spending that much when I could buy a full suspension bike.
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    Just beautiful! Photos & scenery.

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    Nice. Pigpen? Looks great I can't imagine many places nicer than the desert under a full moon. Beautiful lazy rivers, looks wonderful. My end of summer ride involved hours upon hours of fog/rain/snow, sheep and an encounter with a large carnivore. Fun, but yours looks like more fun.
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    Really nice pics and the colours really pop
    Looks like some fun exploring in a beautiful setting
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    Always look forward to your posts...amazing photos.
    Thank you for sharing

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    Great photos!! I whimped out last night after work. That awesome night shot has me looking forward to a great ride tonight.
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    Had to deploy my Topographic Recreational Map of Utah on the living room floor to try and sort this out and I think I did. Awesome blitz/bliss weekend adventure, as ever.

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    A terrific way to say hello. Thanks for sharing.

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    Suppurb!
    Wait,who did he tell you that?....

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    Great pics and ride / float report. Thanks!

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    Good stuff Mike

    This was a great weekend.

    Here's a little video to go along with this.


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    Great stuff as always. Always look forward to these pics/vids.

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