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Monday, February 20, 2012

Moab Training Camp 2012- Day I

Summary of Day I of  Jen and Dave's 2012 Training Camp adventure- Outstanding!

We escaped Palisade in the middle of the only great snow storm this winter, headed west as the storm pushed east and arrived in Moab under clearing skies and a sea of stars. A feast of tamales from the Palisade Hospitality Center, a soak in the hot tub in the gardens of StellaRuby and a spectacular night's sleep...dragged out into an epic sleep-in - all part of our plan to allow temps to come up a little before we hit the road. Leisurely brunch of turkey bacon, Dave's hen's eggs, potatoes and Peets coffee...and, finally, off we went...

to put our National Parks Pass to use at Arches National Park. The initial climb up from the visitor's center is all I had ever seen of the park until today. When the climb levels out the views begin- the La Sals showing off their new coat of spring snow in the distance.

Endless crazy rock formations in the park make it easy to forget the discomfort of early season miles and 2500 feet of climbing and turn the pedals in sheer joy- that is the essence of Training Camp Jen and Dave Stylee. If it doesn't make us smile, it is not worth doing.

The Window Arches are the turnaround point for today's ride as the return trip will be into a 'killer headwind'- and the sooner we make it back to the cozy cabana, the sooner we get to roll the townies over to Singha for our favorite Thai Food.
 Tune in tomorrow for Training Camp Day II...

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