Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. ~Standing Bear
It was important to get out and feel Nature again. I'd been feeling the loss of the wilderness like the loss of a limb. Something was missing.
The original plan was an alpine climb in the Crestones, but 10-18 inches was predicted to fall over the weekend. Sarah steered the plan to a packraft trip of a section of the San Juan she's guided several times. And, so it was. A trip into the desert with rafts and bikes.
Brett Davis graced the trip with Third Wheel stories and humor. He and I both brought our Salsa Fargos (He's an official Salsa sponsored rider), and Sarah brought her mountain bike, so the three of us could ride back to the put-in via a dirt road and the highway.
About 20 river miles and about the same biking. All in all about 36 hours. A short overnight with a required permit on the San Juan. Short and mellow with 2 Class III rapids. Very chill, and would be a good beginner run since the rapids can be portaged with a pack raft.
San Juan Raft n Bike from Southwest Backcountry on Vimeo.