All is Well in the Swell 5

After cracking a celebratory beer I was sitting comfortably in the warmth of my sleeping bag in the small camper trailer. I wasn't really asleep but my brain was floating in that space between conscious thought and dreams. It was about midnight and we just got done with a very slow 5-hour drive. The light from a little flashlight filtered through the whiskey bottle that I just took a warming pull from and dimly illuminated the space in a pale orange glow. It was peaceful and it was quiet.

The loud blast of the 12-gauge shotgun only startled me a little bit. The childish laughter that followed seemed appropriate. I knew we were in for a good time when John came back in from rummaging around the back of the Jeep and shooting random things in the desert and asked if it scared me. Drifting to sleep was easy enough, although with the anticipation of riding some of the most technically challenging trails in the state my dreams got the best of me. I woke up suddenly in the middle of the night because I thought for sure that I had at least three broken spokes on my front wheel.

Hot weather and hot babes, okay maybe the weather wasn't that hot, on the second morning the water jug had chunks of ice in it. And okay, maybe there were no chicks, but it was still really fun. In fact, there was hardly anyone around except for us. The San Rafael Swell is a big, desolate place. Perfect for switching off the cell phone, playing in the sand and relaxing for a bit. Bikes, beer, guns, and bacon; all is well in the Swell.

Can You Get To That - Funkadelic
Ivory and Blue (Reprise) - Menahan Street Band

Credit: Mike DeBernardo
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  • brett

    11/16/2013 9:53 PM

    LOVED THAT VID. Growing up in Price I've spent a lot of time exploring the swell on horseback, four wheeler and of course mountain bike. No real reason to head back down there. I hate Price.

  • bturman

    11/15/2013 1:23 PM

    Awesome! Just found a new road trip destination thanks to you guys.

  • Canfield Brothers

    11/15/2013 11:40 AM

    Really chill, feel good edit! Great job guys.

  • sspomer

    11/15/2013 9:06 AM

    love it! desert utah rules.

  • bruceS

    11/14/2013 5:53 PM

    Hard to get into climbimg shots but those were sweet...really enjoyed that...nice job!