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May 14 — Moab to Monticello, 55 miles

May 17, 2019

Tough day, but a good one. It was nearly a nonstop climb to Monticello after Hole ‘n the Wall at mile 17 or so. The day started out very warm, so I was glad to see a cloudburst up ahead and to feel the wind that came with it. When the wind strengthened and started to push us back, I was less glad. Be careful what you wish for. At mile 30, with the biggest incline of the day still ahead, I realized I should have filled another water bottle for this ride. Oh well. Swallowing my pride, I begged an eighth of a bottle of water from two gentlemen fixing a truck on the roadside. They were Brad and his son, Brad Jr., and that’s all they had with them. An hour and a half later, down to 4 ounces of water, we were laboring up the last big climb to Monticello. That’s when Brad Sr. pulled up in his truck with 1 1/2 gallons of cool water he had driven out of his way to get just for us. I offered to pay him but he wouldn’t take anything for it. Brad works for a carnival outside of Salt Lake City, over 280 miles away from Monticello. One traveler helping another because he thought it was the right thing to do. Don’t tell me people aren’t awesome.

Brad knows the way to a thirsty dog’s heart

From → Utah

One Comment
  1. Nancy Amundsen permalink

    It was such a pleasure to meet and chat with you and to get acquainted with Jax at the Green River State Park. The effort you are making to support this program impressed us greatly. Sending you best wishes for a safe journey.
    PS: we took a photo of you and Jax that we’d like to share with you if you let us know the best way.

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