Our latest adventure took us to Moab, Utah to bike on our tandem and hike the canyons and mesas of its spectacular red rock landscape.  Gail and Porter bike the Moab Canyon Pathway past Arches National Park

On our hike of Great Pyramid Loop at Dead Horse Point Park, Porter contemplates the importance of lunch.

Gail at Landscape Arch.  Arches National Park has more than 2,000 arches, natural bridges formed by running water but gradually deconstructing due to gravity and erosion.

Amber exhausted herself studying so many biking and hiking maps that she opted to stay in bed instead.

As it turned out, she’d made a wise decision. We got caught in snow and sleet while climbing slickrock.


TANDEM BIKE TRIP: Overnight to Lyons, CO

In between snowstorms here in Boulder, we’ve been stepping up our bicycling trips on “Hot Rod,” our new carbon fiber Calfee tandem. I’ve risen to what Porter calls our “Chocolate Croissant Challenge,” a trip in sometimes sub-freezing weather to a coffee shop in a neighboring town. In no time we were ready for our first overnight of the season–to Lyons, Colorado to hear our friend Gary Koenig play in a bluegrass jam at Oskar Blues!

tandem biking to LyonsPorter and Gail with “Hot Rod” on way from Boulder to Lyons, Colorado

Gary is much admired for his playing of the Dobro, by his fans and friends, fabulous wife Peggy, and musicians jamming on guitars, mandolins, banjos, violins, and bass.

Gary Koenig on Dobro, with fans at Oskar Blues

Amber not only belts out the bluegrass songs with the musicians, but insists that Gary teach her how to play the Dobro.

Gary Koenig teaches Amber to play the Dobro

After a rowdy night of bluegrass music and adult beverages, Porter and I stay overnight at the cozy Aspen Leaf Motel, right out of the Fifties, complete with turquoise refrigerator, dinette set, and picture wall calendar. We pedal home the following morning.

Gail and Porter ready to ride Hot Rod home from Aspen Leaf Motel