Car-free float

The three of us were sitting on the couch. It was Father's Day. Emily asked me what I wanted to do -- it could be anything at all. I thought for a second, and realized this might be the day to figure out an idea that had been bouncing around my thoughts recently: the Car Free Float. I hadn't totally worked it out logistically, and my wife EXCELS at logistics. I proposed it and she said Great. Then we had an hour-long semi-heated discussion about how to make it go.

It was easy to decide on craft -- our tandem inflatable kayak. But then the shuttle had to be worked out. We each have a bike, as well as a bad-ass utility bike, and a bike trailer. We went through various configurations of all of them. We eventually decided upon Emily's bike (which has cool side baskets) and the utility bike. We would drop Emily's bike off at the takeout (the Moab Dock (near Hwy 191 bridge)), all three pile on the utility bike, float down, then Emily would go fetch the utility bike. We discussed riding her bike and strapping it to the utility bike, which seemed a little junky. She mentioned jogging, which I thought was funny. Then, we started getting somewhere. I said, "what about a skateboard or something?" Emily said, what about...roller skates?" We had neither of these. So she walked down to WabiSabi thrift store, which is very close to our home, and soon returned with a BEAUTIFUL pair of properly-functioning and nicely-fitting roller skates. Yes!

Emily's tight rig. That cute little cooler may have found its forever home.

Emily's tight rig. That cute little cooler may have found its forever home.

Emily and I have a long-standing agreement about river running. She rigs, I row. Seems strange to a lot of people, but we love it. So we approached this trip the same way. Emily worked magic on rigging the bike, including finding the perfect spot for our little 6-pack cooler. We were off, and made our way on the Moab city streets, slowly but surely. Oscar fell asleep in the utility bike fairly early on our ride. That was fine. Emily had made him a nice little nest that prevented him from slipping out (which would have sucked).

The put-in. Oscar enjoys a few more moments of Nap Land.

The put-in. Oscar enjoys a few more moments of Nap Land.

We dropped off Emily's bike as planned and headed upstream, Oscar still sleeping soundly. We inflated the kayak, woke up Grumpy Oscar, and did the easy part -- drifted downstream at a nice clip on the more-than-adequate 22,000 cfs. We ate Peanut Butter and just-canned-yesterday-by-Oscar-and-I Cherry Jam sandwiches. We stopped off at a nice little spot and did some exploring.

Father and son making wise cracks about Gluten-Free Bread.

Father and son making wise cracks about Gluten-Free Bread.

Then we made it to the takeout. Time for the real test. Emily slipped into her jean shorts and laced up her new-to-her roller skates.

Oh, yeah!

Oh, yeah!

Oscar and I (and a friend) made sand sculptures at the river's edge. I worried a few times about Emily getting a little too excited on the skates and eating shit hard, but soon enough here she came on the utility bike over the pedestrian bridge. We loaded everything back up and headed back to the house.

Oscar returns to The Throne, while Mom straps in the cooler.

Oscar returns to The Throne, while Mom straps in the cooler.

Riding over the river after a nice float on it.

Riding over the river after a nice float on it.

The Car Free Float was great. We look forward to doing it again.