I’ve been looking forward to this next weekend for a long time. It’s time for Fall Moab (fiscal) 2012, which will be held in St. George, UT this year (Fall Moab is in Moab on alternating years). It’s the most important Core Team annual tradition we have.
And I am still looking forward to this weekend. But I’m also bummed.
See, a strange thing has happened to the Core Team during the fifteen years or so we’ve been riding together: We’ve all gotten older.
We’ve all exited our thirties, and some of us are closer to fifty than forty at this point.
And strangely enough, as we’ve gotten older, we’ve started having grown-up style stuff to contend with.
I’m not going to go into who’s got what stuff to deal with, but a mix of serious health and and family issues are keeping Ricky M, Brad, and (maybe) Dug away this year.
I feel for them — I’ve missed a couple Fall Moab trips myself. And I’m going to miss these guys. The core team is at its absolute best when everyone’s riding.
Basically, when you don’t see your best friends anywhere near as often as you’d like — and nowhere near as often as you used to — it’s a pretty big disappointment to have so many have to miss the trip.
I’ll be back Monday, with pictures, stories, and possibly even video.
And, more than likely, some new cuts and bruises. That’s just the way Fall Moab is.