My friend Brendan Leonard wanted to ride our gravel bikes across Southern Utah, connecting national parks.

He wanted to do it all entirely on dirt/4wd/gravel roads.
As it turns out, in the desert those roads are just sand.

So for 10 heinously awesome days, we pushed, pulled, carried, and occasionally rode bicycles from Moab to Boulder--1.5 times--off-road. We carried our food, camp, and LOTS of water with us.
Let it be known that this was his idea.
...and that I'm so glad he thought to invite me.

Oh, and I did the whole thing in jean shorts.