Fixing a flat the fast way

Jerry Painter’s tour bike leans against a stump of petrified wood next to the entrance sign to the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona during a recent ride across Arizona and New Mexico on Route 66. Fixing flat tires became a common occurrence during the ride. (Jerry Painter photo)

I was parked off the shoulder on Interstate 40 in Arizona with my touring bike fixing a flat rear tire when a car pulled up next to me. I looked up and it was a highway patrolman.

Pedaling the Mother Road

A scene of the painted desert area in Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona. (Jerry Painter photo)

Riding a touring bike along old Route 66 through Arizona and New Mexico left the impression that the difference between success and failure in this harsh and beautiful land is tissue-paper thin.

Teton Pass on two wheels

A cyclist rides down the old Teton Pass road past a pair of horseback riders going up the road Saturday. The road is open only to nonmotorized traffic and starts near the town of Wilson, Wyo. The road starts at Teton Pass and connects into the Jackson Hole bike path system in Wilson.

On Saturday I had one of those “aha” moments riding into Wilson, Wyo., on my bike, looking around and saying out loud, “What a great day to be riding a bike!”

It’s weird fun at Utah’s Maple Canyon

Ashlin Cuneo, of Idaho Falls, climbs the uniquely cobbled cliff in Maple Canyon on Saturday. The rock is a natural limestone/sandstone cement mixed with cobblestones of different sizes. In recent years, rock climbers from around the world flock to the area in the summer.

I grunted and sweated to the top of one of my favorite rock climbing routes about 60 feet off the ground and could see the anchors just above my head. Two more moves, I told myself, and I’ve got it.

Tips for getting outside in wet weather

Sometimes the low-tech solution, such as this rain poncho, can work the best. Getty Images

A few years ago, some friends and I decided to hike from the South Teton Canyon up to Alaska Basin, around Buck Mountain and down Death Canyon in a day. One of our annual Teton up-and-over hikes. We were to be picked up on the other side by wives and friends.

A mystery in Box Canyon

Ashlin Cuneo, left, and Nicole Pursley peek into the man-made cave with a metal door on it in Box Canyon east of Howe on Saturday. Many fanciful stories surround the purpose of the structure that sits on Bureau of Land Management land in a Wilderness Study Area. (Jerry Painter photo)

About a mile up a bumpy jeep road in Box Canyon east of Howe is a mystery wrapped in an enigma surrounded by some goofiness.

An Idaho-like ride in Moab

A mass of cyclists — nearly 500 — gather at the start of the Gran Fondo Moab on Saturday morning for the start of the race/ride out of town and through the nearby La Sal Mountains for 60 miles. (Photo by Brian Edgerton)

Fickle might be the best word to describe the weather in Moab, Utah on Saturday.

A developing love affair with an ice ax

A climber soaks up the views on top of Mount Shasta (14,162 feet) June 14, 2003. The summit block is mostly crumbly volcanic rock and ice.

A few years ago my son, brother and I were preparing to climb Mount Shasta, one of California’s 14ers. As preparation we decided to do a spring climb of Mount Timpanogos in the Wasatch Range of Utah near where my brother lives.


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