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    Monday, October 16, 2006

    24 Gallons of Moab

    I like this name better than 24 hours of Moab. Moab is a beautiful desert oasis. I thought deserts were supposed to be relatively dry. I should have rethought that as we came into town in the middle of the night to washed out roads and puddles the size of small lakes. I knew last week had been bad rain-wise, 4 to 5 inches in 5 days, but we thought the worst was over. We were wrong.

    The road in to the race site is bumpy and hilly, but we managed to get the trailer in just fine. Aside from getting our $20 worth of impact fee by making our own turn around, we found the camp site with no problem. This was Friday. Saturday, the rains came down and the floods came up. It was pouring. And that beautiful red sand turns in to mucky, sticky, clay in a matter of seconds. But our riders are troopers. They rode anyway. All four got in a good lap. But then poor Mark had to head out for his second lap, in the dark, and in the thick of the rain. The average of 1 hour and 25 minutes per lap was ruined. 2 hours and something later, he rode in to the finish. He looked beat, literally. It was then that we hear the only road in and out was closed. Not a good thing. If there had been an emergency, no one would have been able to get out. Scary. I guess that's when they decided to call the race for the night and resume in the morning. In the famous words of my brother, Troy, "Gimme that cheeseburger!" Suddenly the mood went from serious to jovial in seconds. It rained through most of the night, but by morning the rain had stopped, even though the clouds remained. After hours of debating by officials, they decided to continue the race. Our riders only had time to get in one more lap before the Noon cutoff time, so they all went out together. Aww. What team unity.

    I think fun was had by all, and it brought our trailering season to a spectacular end. Now comes the task of getting all the linens washed and returned to the trailer, the winterizing, and the storing. I hate this time of the year just for that reason. Although the next time we use it, we'll have little baby Gretta with us! That's definitely something to look forward to.

    7 Response(s):

    Min said...

    I love the way you are spelling Gretta!

    Glad you had a good time in Moab. Take it easy Kel. I'll give you a call soon and see how things are going.

    Felipe & Erika said...

    Gretta - What a beautiful name---classy and uncommon! How's Emma doing?

    Michelle said...

    I am glad that you had fun even though the weather was not up to your expectations. I think the name Gretta is cute. It is definitely a unique name that is not used or heard often. I hope all is well with you. If you need anything while I am in Utah for the holiday season, just give me a jingle.

    Jacob and Amy said...

    I love the name Gretta as well. (Although I had just barely heard it when you used it.) Is there a middle name?

    Keli said...

    Right now we're thinking Gretta Holland. Sean's not sold on the middle name, but all the family names we can think of have been used, and it has some meaning since my dad's side of the family is from Holland. We tried all the bicycle names, but none had the same cute ring as Maggie Moots.

    Betsy said...

    How about gretta garbo??! Just kidding. I love gretta.

    Eliza said...

    Gretta = very cute name. I have only seen it spelled Greta. And the only Gretas I know of are Garbo and the guy who directed Napoleon Dynamite has a daughter named Greta. Way to stick with the Scandinavian heritage!

    It looks prettier and even more feminine with two Ts, I think! Good choice.