Free Verse Friday: Illustrated Ode to a Yurt on a Calm Spring Morn

03.28.2014 | 9:50 am

A Note from Fatty: 

End of week approaches
I am excitement

To ride with friends
On perfect trail
I just can’t even.

The Hammer
And Kenny and Heather
And I
Shall all be riding
Near St. George
On Gooseberry Mesa
Which I should note 
Is known to be the best trail
In the whole world.

But wait!
There is more!
We will be camping-in-quotes
Staying in a yurt  
Of Kenny’s own construction
Right on the border
Of Gooseberry Mesa.


I should say not
It is more like a nice apartment
Check it out from within.


We are bringing four bikes
Two singlespeeds
And two geared hardtails
All four are Stumpjumpers
All four are carbon
All four are 29ers.  

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The Hammer
Has made quiche
We will bring it with us
One is vegetarian
Without onions 
(It is for Heather)
The other one will be

My GoPro is charged
And I have figured out
How the iPhone app
Works with it.

I shall bring back video.
I shall bring back stories.
I shall bring back
More than likely
A scab or two.

Above all else
I shall bring back a tale
Of how you
Like I
Can spend a weekend
Riding incredible trails
And staying at 
An incredible place.

As the winner
Of a contest. 

Thank you.


  1. Comment by Viper312 | 03.28.2014 | 10:01 am

    I’m so jealous, the trails here are still so messed up. The only thing to do is some trail building, if it stops raining. Have fun be safe.

  2. Comment by SteveB | 03.28.2014 | 10:02 am

    Oh Free Verse Friday
    a long absent companion
    nice to have you back

  3. Comment by Eric L | 03.28.2014 | 10:12 am

    I bet Mark Cavendish doesn’t have a yurt.

    …a palatial yurt at that!

    Sounds like a perfect recipe for bliss.

  4. Comment by TK | 03.28.2014 | 10:25 am

    I just can’t even
    Deal with people
    Who just can’t even.
    Thank you.

  5. Comment by bob | 03.28.2014 | 11:27 am

    One is vegetarian
    Without onions
    (It is for Heather)
    The other one will be

    Just checking to see if that came out like you meant for it to…

    I meant to imply that the vegetarian one without onions will not be delicious. Is that how you interpreted it? – FC

  6. Comment by Jojo | 03.28.2014 | 11:28 am

    I like haiku more
    So jelly of your weekend
    I want to go there

  7. Comment by BostonCarlos (formerly NYC) | 03.28.2014 | 11:47 am

    This would go
    very nicely
    with my new Ripley

    I suspect however
    I’m not lucky enough
    to win twice

  8. Comment by UpTheGrade, SR, CA | 03.28.2014 | 11:48 am

    How come free verse doesn’t rhyme?
    Anyway, enjoy the yurt,
    And have a great time,
    riding in the dirt.

  9. Comment by Skye | 03.28.2014 | 12:23 pm

    Did you not notice
    That Heather
    By way of wanting
    onion-free veggie quiche
    Gets a WHOLE pie to herself?!
    Heather is smart.

    Thank you.

  10. Comment by bob | 03.28.2014 | 2:38 pm

    @NotSofatty Yes it is!

  11. Comment by NDE | 03.28.2014 | 2:42 pm

    I just got back from GooseBerry Mesa last week!!!! It was our first time (from So Cal) and it was amazing! staying/camping is a great idea since that road in it a bit of a trek when all you want to do is ride!

  12. Comment by MC | 03.28.2014 | 3:48 pm

    I’d heard that “real men don’t eat quiche”…however I believe back in 92 that was amended to “real men don’t eat quiche unless they’re in a yurt”…lucky for you.

    Wow, Kenny & Heather have it going ON! I mean, they live in St. George, they have the Sprinter super-van custom made for adventure, and now a freaking YURT right smack near the best trail on the planet?? Are you KIDDING ME? This is SO not fair!

  13. Comment by spaceyace | 03.28.2014 | 5:59 pm

    One is vegetarian
    Without onions
    (It is for Heather)
    The other one will be

    Ha! Speaking as a vegetarian, I find this hilarious. Mostly because Heather will get the last laugh as she eats the *more delicious* quiche.

  14. Comment by Corrine | 03.28.2014 | 7:13 pm

    I too will have a wilderness adventure
    The White Mountains north of Fairbanks
    100 miles of spring skiing through the wilds
    Blue skies, perfect snow conditions.

    It is a race for 65 brave souls yet
    I would not call what Eric and I do racing.
    The fat bikes will win
    Yet I will feel we are winners when we finish
    And I hope to beat a runner or two!

    24 hours. . . or more of wilderness
    Hopefully the auroras will keep us going in the dead of night.
    I hope everybody will have their own adventure
    On this perfect weekend.

  15. Comment by Nic Grillo | 03.28.2014 | 7:37 pm

    I just rode Gooseberry Mesa last month. That place is beyond awesome. Don’t wimp out. Ride your bike across the gap at the point. 5996017985854169762?banner=pwa&pid=5996017985854169762&oid=113956427406893484758

  16. Comment by EldensDuaghterCarrie | 03.28.2014 | 10:35 pm

    That sound great dad! I hope you have fun!

  17. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 03.29.2014 | 12:23 am

    Did you forget
    to tell the
    you were gone

    Let’s be the first
    to rent the yurt
    MC, DaveT, and Steve
    We’ll invite Nic
    to lead the way
    across the Gap


    or not.

  18. Comment by leroy | 03.30.2014 | 2:24 pm

    My dog told me the difference between yurt and yogurt is “go.”

    I told him I didn’t get it. He told me to think about it.

    So I thought about it and realized it didn’t mean anything. He was just messing with me.

    So I asked him if he knew the difference between “Go Dog Go” and “Go Yurt Go.”

    That ought to keep him busy.

    (Of course the answer is one’s a great read, the other’s a great weekend — especially compared to hanging around Brooklyn with a dog making obscure yogurt themed jokes.)

    Hope you have/had a great weekend!

  19. Comment by Shugg McGraw | 03.31.2014 | 5:26 am

    Yurt looks gorgeous. Quiche without any dead animals in it probably not such a hardship. Hope you had a great weekend.

  20. Comment by John in Seattle | 04.3.2014 | 1:43 pm

    “The Hammer Has made quiche We will bring it with us One is vegetarian Without onions(It is for Heather)The other one will be Delicious.” – awesome…

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