Is an apre ride beer an essential part of mountain biking in Moab? I think it is a great end to an awesome ride. We cannot include beer on our tours since we do not have a liquor license. We tell our guests when they book that they might want to bring some beer with them on the tour and we’ll supply the cooler… a happy ending to an exciting day on the trail. I thought this photo of my friend, Dave Harlan and me says just that!
We get some very interesting guests at Solfun… Roger Bolt is one of them. He rode with us a few years ago and has kept in touch. We encouraged him to come back with his band and play in Moab at Frankie D’s. We know Moab would go nuts over Roger and his band.
The type of person who would spend the money to travel all the way to Moab is usually a very live wire. We meet a lot of people who are just fascinating and so much fun to ride with on our tours. A mountain biker is a special breed of cat, not unlike athletes in other sports, but unique to mountain biking in it’s own way. A lot of mountain bikers are skiers and snowboarders… adrenaline junkies?
Enjoy Roger’s video of his band. Is he not one very cool dude?
Pat and I got out of town to ski and snowboard in Big Sky, Montana, Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Park City and The Canyons in Utah. It dawned on us that it would be loads of fun to ski with some of our past guests, which we did a bit of last year at Park City. We’re gonna take notes on guests who ski and invite them to join us next year.
It’s really fun skiing and riding with people we have mountain biked with; cementing a long term relationship. (We are still friends with our first Solfun guests, Brad and Keith.) We might develop a package we could offer to include mountain biking in Moab and skiing in Telluride…2-1/2 hours of very scenic driving. We do get some bookings in March from guests coming here from a ski destination. Skiing the west and mountain biking Moab on the same trip is about as good as life can get.
We have some friends coming here this month from Steamboat to thaw out. That is just what we did when we lived in Steamboat… April 15th and we were heading’ to Moab to play on that slickrock! That champagne powder in The Boat is amazing and they had a pretty good year as far as snow goes. We got there right after a big dump… perfect.
It’s probably the coldest winter in Moab in a long time, we hear from the old timers. We’ve been riding up until late December, but we are getting some snow this year and the temps are definitely low… woke up this morning to 5 below. We’ve been hiking quite a bit to get some exercise, but it’s a little slippery for mountain biking. Those Surly fat tire (Really fat!) bikes are fun in the snow. No land speed records, but a nice change of pace. We’re getting desperate for some “real” heart thumping exercise and have promised ourselves to join the South Side Gym.. tomorrow.
One winter tour this year… we had a very interesting and charming couple from Australia (Sydney) call us about mountain biking a couple days on January 2nd and 3rd. They had flown to New York and were working their way across the country. I suggested they fly to Tucson instead of Moab so they would have suitable weather. They said, no, that they have wanted to see Moab for years. They are avid mountain bikers and would be happy just to see the place.
We ended up taking them on a driving and hiking tour around the Parks (Of course!) and up to Fisher Tower off of River Road. They were blown away by the scenery and we did break a sweat in some speed walking on Intrepid Mountain Bike Trail at Dead Horse State Park. The good news… they will be back in June to do our Desert Survival Course! We look forward to seeing them again and giving the mountain bike experience justice!
Last night five Solfun guides and I went out to catch the “magic moment” light to shoot some very cool mountain bike action shots with photographer, Bret Edge. (Bret’s studio is in Moab and he is an awesome photographer.) He needs some good mountain biking shots for his portfolio and we need some better photos for our new (soon to be revealed) web site.
We got some unbelievably awesome shots! I’m going to learn from what I saw Bret do and adopt some of his technique into my own photography. I can pass some of this onto our guests when we do photo tours. Can hardly wait to get them onto the new site which will go live in about a week or two. Rock on!