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Biking the River?

Biking the River?
October 18
11:36 2016

Sarah and Patrick Houston are biking the Colorado River on a water themed journey to bring attention to water issues in the desert Southwest. Generally following the route of the Colorado, the young couple is gathering stories about water patogearrissue awareness.

They are using social media to educate the public on the consequences of having the great convenience of water on tap. You can check out their videos on YouTube channel Wander Like Water or their blog at .

Married in April after dating for eight years, the couple quit their jobs, sold most of their belongings, and outfitted themselves for a months’ long bicycle adventure. The loaded bikes each weigh about 100 pounds with camping gear, three days of food and water, cameras, and clothing.

They started this adventure September 5, Labor Day in the Jemez Mountains north of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are averaging thirty to fifty miles each day, depending on terrain, weather, and situations. Their longest and toughest day so far was from near Cortez, Colorado to Blanding, Utah. The eighty-mile trip was arduous with steep sandy grades and harsh weather resulting in their arriving at their destination after dark.

The most surprising part of their trip has been the unexpected hospitality of the people they meet. For example, they met Page resident, Shelly Wayne, and her family at Grosvenor Arch in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Kane County, Utah. Wayne’s family was enjoying a RAZR ride for the day and struck up a conversation with the biking couple. Wayne initially invited them to camp in the back yard when they got to Page, but later made a guest bedroom available to them for their Page stay.

The couple enjoyed the luxury of sleeping in a real bed, hot showers, laundry, and home cooked meals. Wayne, however, made sure they sampled the best aspects of a visit to Page with a Colorado River Discovery tour on the new Helios boat, a RAZR ride, Ken’s Lower Antelope Tour, Glen Canyon Dam Tour, Hanging Gardens, and a hike to Horseshoe Bend.

The couple also enjoyed a trip to Walmart for peanut butter and talking to students at Tse Yaato High School where Shelly Wayne teaches. The students found the adventure and educational trip fascinating. Page may be seeing more of these low impact tourists and making them feel welcome.

Patrick and Sarah Houston are now headed for their next stop at Grand Canyon South Rim and we wish them well.

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