Columbus Day Special

October 12, 2011

Columbus Day is my new favorite holiday.

Brandon, who serendipitously works in the mortgage industry (it’s his fault), gets Columbus Day off. And a few years ago he began the tradition of heading to Moab to ride the Whole Enchilada on Columbus Day.

One long day, one long trail, home before bedtime. What’s not to love?

Last year I rode it on my Sabrosa. Wherein I discovered that the main difference for me in going downhill on a rigid single or a Trek Scratch with 1,000 inches of combined travel isn’t so much the speed, as the comfort.

Okay, maybe there’s a little speed difference too.

Orange is getting some shop love right now, so I began a new tradition. Once a year, on, say, Columbus Day, I shall rent a big, fat, squishy behemoth of a bike, and take it down the Whole Enchilada.

This year, due to snow levels, we didn’t get the Burro Pass or Hazard County sections. Turns out, you can have a whole lot of fun on the UPS and main Porcupine sections.

And with a free afternoon because of the truncated morning ride, we got to do some ‘splorin.

Welcome, Pipe Dream. With weary legs, riding it south from town was hard enough that Steve and I renamed it “Suck.” But once we turned around and rode Pipe Dream north, we changed our minds. They can now change the trail signs to “Doesn’t Suck.”

Jesse brought the family car:

You’re going to have to excuse me for letting the video run a little long. It’s hard to capture the full day, 3:45 am start, 3.5 hour drive, shuttle, Whole Enchilada, lunch, Pipe Dream, and ride home, all in one video.

Okay, it’s not that hard.

Little slice of heaven:

Might be the best burger I’ve ever had. Brandon enjoyed his, I think:

A good day. Thanks Brandon.

13 Responses to “Columbus Day Special”

  1. Kris Says:

    That was a good day. I could grumble about how slow and timid I was, but being in Moab riding with the guys on a bluebird day is always a joy. Nice video, dug – you captured it.

  2. brkeyes7 Says:

    not homesick at all

  3. Nate Says:

    Pencil me in for next Columbus Day. Its on my calendar.

  4. mark Says:

    I hate myself.

  5. Brandon Says:

    Very nice work on the video. I really liked how your shadow was out in front of you on UPS. Oh and also the two arm raised salute was cool and definitely summed up the day. Awesome riding and good company. Fun to see how I came down some of those sections.

  6. Ruprecht Says:

    Awesome. I love the shadow headcam stuff.

    That new trail seems really technical. Is it all like that? I’ve never heard of it before.

    • dug Says:

      pipe dream. and yes, it’s all like that. might be my new favorite trail in moab. easily ridden from town.

      wait, lemme esplain. it’s easily GOTTEN to from town. riding it from town is, um, hard.

  7. Eric Says:

    Wow. I mean, really.

    Nice work with La Grange. Good shit.

  8. Nick Says:

    NICE – makes we wish we were able to to the whole thing last Fall Moab – certainly haven’t found riding like that in Aus

  9. Bob B. Says:

    We have to pencil that ride in for next year’s Fall Moab. Or maybe do a special Spring Moab in June.

    • Brandon Says:

      I usually take my scouts down in June and you can only get up to Kokopelli or Hazard County. Still too much snow to get all the way up to Burro pass in June.

  10. Eric Says:


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