Wednesday, November 30, 2011

You missed it

That's it folks, another Dirt Turkey in the bank. Everyone survived, except the Turkey, and we only made two visits to the Moab E.R. Thanks to Kathryn, Myla, Dave, Josh, JV, Jen, Tony, Zack, Wheelie and Lucy for such a great weekend. We rode new trails. Ate great food. Put back countless bottles of beer and whiskey. Stuffed 8 people in a hot tub not much bigger than a large mixing bowl. Jen got 73 stitches. Dave proved that you could ride in the morning, visit the hospital at lunch, and still get out and shred in the afternoon. The doctor told him to take it easy so he hit a trail called Dead Man's Ridge.

Lots of folks took photos, JV was the first to post his here. I stole the one above from him. You should look at them, it'll make you smile if you were there and regret not going if you weren't. And speaking of not being there, if you didn't make it this year fear not - Dirt Turkey will return in about 51 weeks. So mark your calendar, and start practicing breaking it to your mom that you've got better plans for Thanksgiving 2012. No excuse is an acceptable reason for missing this much fun.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dirt Turkey - Lurking right around the corner

Yes folks, the Dirty Bird is right around the corner, lurking, waiting to fill your mouths with tryptophan and red clay. Couple of things to consider:

Bring food and beer. And maybe a pillow. But mostly feed and importantly, not 3.2% ABV beer. This can be purchased readily in most places outside of Utah.

Obviously it's gonna be chilly. Pack for riding in 30-50 degree riding weather. Gloves, tights, a sick flannel lumberjack shirt. And if you've got 2 pairs of mountain bike shoes, bring both. It sucks riding two days in a row in wet shoes. You get the picture.

Bike: you're going to be riding one. It's probably gonna break. The better you prepare for that, the less likely it's going to happen. Bring a tube, and you won't get a flat. Know how to fix your shit, and you likely won't have to.

The riding in the valley is going to be excellent. Higher elevations will likely be a little snowy. There are lots of trails that I haven't ridden in Moab that I would like to try. One suggestion from Zack is Pipedream. It's right in town and it looks fun for all ages.

The entertainment committee will decide on the off bike competitions on Monday. Mark your calendars and prepare for a trip to goodwill. I hope we get to use hot glue.