Friday, May 05, 2006

Goin' back to the desert

Date: May 3 & 4
Mileage: 20.4 & 37.2
May mileage: 83.6
Temperature upon departure: 37 & 35

South wind and bike commuting in the rain, nothing much to do but stare at pavement and daydream.

It's high time to tap-dance barefoot in hot sand and go for swim in the abrasive water of a silt-choked winter. Soak up some of that sadist sun wrapped only in thin cotton and SPF 45. Wolf down burnt spaghetti in a tin cup and wash it down with sun-roasted water. Season my sunburned skin beside the spring-sweet smoke of a juniper fire. Watch the sun set before 10 p.m.

It's time to lay in the the shadow of endless canyon walls. Make sand angels in the wash. Watch clouds drift through a thin sliver of sky. Keep an eye out for coyotes and big horn sheep and eat gummi worms in my tent without fear of bears.

It's time to go back to the desert and go where cars don't go. Go where bikes don't go. Go where even feet shouldn't go but someone's going to make me get on that rope.

It's time to go back to the desert like I never even left. But I sure do miss it.


  1. Dayamn girl. You're making me miss it, when I am already here!

  2. I don't know what the weather is like in Utah these days, but it was a shock getting off the plane here and dealing with 90 degree temps- and the sun sets around 6pm here. Enjoy!

  3. Enjoy your trip to the Beehive state, see ya 'round!

  4. Wow, great blog. Your readers can live vicariously through your adventures. I've linked to you on my blog.

  5. great shot
    that is a famous set of rocks/cave
    where exactly is that
    did ansel adams shoot some shots there?
    I remember a friend had a pose in that same spot that she wanted to use on a record she recorded
    wonder if she ever did that

  6. Just popping in to let you know the fab picture cd arrived and I am SO enjoying it. Thank you for creating it.

    Now it the winds would die down below 25mph and sleet quit pelting me blind I'd get out on my bike!



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