After all of that morning excitement, Badger spent the afternoon at the spa (or the vet -- not totally sure how he views it) for some scheduled maintenance. I'd worked out that I wouldn't make it home without being due an oil change, so after a bit of April research, made plans to book him into a well-reputed shop in Moab for his KTM-prescribed 15,000 km service. The forecast ended up being pretty close: Arriving with the odometer at 14,638, I'd say I picked the right day!
Thanks to Shaun and co. at Madbro Motosports in Moab for taking good care of me. They run an independent parts and service shop, working on multiple brands of bikes and ATVs here in the unofficial offroad capital of the USA. In addition to the scheduled inspections and fresh oil, brake, and clutch fluid, the mechanic caringly tackled my full laundry list of niggling issues as well, keen for me to get home without issue. Six hours of dutiful care for just the quoted four hours labour. Thanks guys!
While all that was going on, I decided to spend another night in Moab and painstakingly sorted out a luggage transfer from hotel #1 (no more vacancy) to hotel #2, in a town crawling with tourists but amazingly with no functional taxi service. Thanks to the kind proprietors of the hotel and moto shop for the three rides! The rest of the afternoon was spent eating good food, browsing a gallery, trying to offload camera memory cards without irreversible file deletions, and unsuccessfully attempting to rent a side-by-side for 20 minutes to be my own taxi service. I picked up Badger just after 5:00 and spent the evening (and next morning, ahem) catching up on photo editing and a few overdue blog entries.
I am an amateur motorcyclist and amateur photographer, and these are my amateur ramblings.