I’m on the road again. I have a course in Vegas from August 5-9 so decided to head out a week early, rent a motorbike with a friend (I’ll be on the back!;)) and explore Utah and its Mighty Five National Parks.

Day one was a doozy: 5am wake up call for a six hour flight (that was an hour and a half delayed) followed by a two hour process to rent the bikes in Vegas (they screwed up our reservation and didn’t have our bike ready) then a ten hour (yes, 10 freaking hours!) on the bike to our first destination: Moab. Needless to say it was a long day, made longer with the delays. And exhaustion and frustration seemed to attract more mishaps into our day one. During our dinner stop the key to the bike got stuck in one of the panier locks and got bent out of shape which means we can never lock up the bike for the rest of the trip (we have since seemed to bent it back into shape, but it’s still touch and go). Then at 3am in the morning we couldn’t find our accomodations – we reserved a tent in Moab Under Canvas, a glamping site – so had to head back into town and stayed in a Motel 6 for the night. Not ideal and not a great start to the trip by any stretch, but alas, ’tis life.

We slept in at the Motel 6, headed to Denny’s (free wifi!) for breakfast then to Moab Under Canvas to check in to our glamping site and then drove to Arches, a short seven minutes away to explore our first national park. Beautiful scenery of red rock formations in the shapes of spires, fins and arches throughout the park to explore. The hiking ranges from easy to pretty advanced having to climb the slickrock (named centuries ago since the horses hooves and horseshoes would slip on the rock in pioneer days).

A beautiful day of hiking and riding on day 2 to set the trip back on the right track:) Who knew Utah was this beautiful? Not me.