The man has got me bouncing around like pinochio. The weekend weather is gonna be catastrophic, oh wait no it's ok, oh wait it's is going to be the end of the world. I woke up to this:
A POTENT PACIFIC SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT THE REGION THIS
WEEKEND. WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED AS THE SYSTEM MOVES
ACROSS THE REGION THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. THE ASSOCIATED COLD
FRONT IS FORECAST TO MOVE ACROSS NORTHERN UTAH LATE
SATURDAY...REACHING SOUTHERN UTAH BY SUNDAY MORNING. SNOW LEVELS
WILL FALL QUICKLY BEHIND THE COLD FRONT TO NEAR 7000 FEET. SNOW
LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO FALL THROUGHOUT THE DAY
SUNDAY...REACHING NEAR 6500 FEET BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACROSS
NORTHERN AND CENTRAL UTAH. THIS STRONG SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO
BRING THE FIRST SNOW STORM TO THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF
NORTHERN...CENTRAL AND EVEN PARTS OF SOUTHERN UTAH SUNDAY.
PRECIPITATION IS FORECAST TO SLOWLY COME TO AN END LATE SUNDAY
The Trans Utah route will be impassable in those sort of conditions. A Friday start means there would be zero finishers. Weather is the one thing I can't fix.
So what are ya gonna do? Ma nature forces my hand. I simply must give this thing a shot. The time is now, my window is now...so sometime in the dark tonight I'll peddle off to see if this thing can be done in 2ish days. Probably not, it's a bear and it's mostly alpine, and I'm a desert dweller, and I did a 24 not long ago. Am I recovered enough? Will the weather scuttle my yearlong plans?
Or will lady luck smile on us with a big sunshine grin?
Time to find out. The final reroute somewhat simplifies the kit as we'll hit towns at 150 and 300 miles, ideal restock points. I'll carry less than anticipated. More batteries cause just to finish ahead of the storm means go fast or bail - lots of night riding to be done. I've seen all the views already anyway, now it's time to feel it at speed.
Enough with the dreaming, it's time for action.
Dave Nice and I will be heading out in the wee hours. Wish us luck. We'll need it! And to anyone else willing to try their hand at this event...good luck and be safe out there.