The evening passed uneventfully (no knocks on my window-heh), and I got up the next morning ready to do some more exploring.
Yesterday, I had seen a guy riding his Africa Twin (Honda adv bike) through the park. We talked for a few minutes when we both happened to stop at the same overlook. He said he was from British Columbia, and had driven his RV (and hauled his bike) to Moab to meet up with some other Canadians who were planning to ride the White Rim Trail. He pointed to his bike which was caked with red sand and said, “I love this bike, but it is too friggen big for that trail! I nearly died trying to get that thing around that damn trail!. I will never believe people again when they say, ‘You’ve got to do this or that trail.’ It was fuckin miserable. They had just groomed it the day before, and I have *never* ridden in such miserable, sandy conditions before in my life. It was shit.”
We laughed together about it and then he said, “They wanted me to stay a few days, but I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. That place is just crawling with people! Ugh! So I hooked up the trailer and came down here to Goosenecks where there’s hardly anyone around. I love it. I’m going to make it my home base for a week or so before I move on. It’s awesome.” We talked bikes for a bit more and then went our separate ways.
After hearing his description of Goosenecks, I decided to go check it out. It’s only about an hour’s drive from Natural Bridges. The highlight of that ride is Moki Dugway-three miles of dirt road that drops 1200 feet in a series of dramatic curves and switchbacks. From the road, you can see all the way across the Valley of the Gods (if you dare take your eyes off the road!). It is indeed far more spectacular than photos reveal, since there are very few places to stop along the way. This is the only time I ever remember seeing drivers and passengers alike in every car I passed or followed wave at me with huge smiles on their faces. It was like we were all having our own little Moki Dugway Club celebration or something. It is a route that seems to literally make people happy.
Once you get all the way down the 1200 feet, there’s nothing but flat...