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May 22, 2020

Cycling in Moab - ESL Video Vlog/Podcast

Welcome to our ESL Podcast

Episode 2 of T-shirt Travel Tales

Cycling in Moab

Watch or listen to the video. To see bigger photos of the places and scenes seen in the video, scroll below. Below the video, feel free to follow along with the transcript. But, please try to do that only after you listen once. The first time you listen through any portion, write down the percentage of what you understand. Then listen to that same section and read the transcript below. How much did you actually understand? I think you will understand more than you think you do!! 


The purpose of these podcast videos are to expose you to spoken English as we make conversation in the USA, talking in a casual and informal setting about things we have experienced or like to do. I hope you liked this episode. Check out our first episode about cycling in a rally in St. George, Utah

[00:00:01] Hi, everyone. I'm Jennifer Kumar from Authentic Journeys. In this episode of T-shirt Travel Tales, I want to talk about MOAB. Now, there are a million videos about Moab on YouTube or online in general. This video is a little different because I'm tailoring my discussion toward English as second language learners or ESL learners who want to improve listening comprehension and learning some words or phrases in American English. So, so, I'm not actually in Moab making this video. I am in Utah, the state of Utah, in the US, where Moab is a small town in Utah. But I'm in Salt Lake City as I make this video. Salt Lake City, Utah, and Salt Lake City is about four and a half miles sorry, four and a half hour drive from Moab. And since we moved to Utah in 2017, we have been to MOAB. I don't know, ten, twelve times. So we've been very fortunate to be able to experience MOAB in many different types of climate, many different types of weather, many different times of the year, many different times of the day, even daytime, nighttime. 


Mesa Arch at Night


So, weather would be snow or sun or rain or wind. Oh, we got caught up at the Delicate Arch when it was windy, one year. That was not fun. I'll talk about that in a different video. So in this video, I want to talk about something we both love to do when we go to Moab, which is cycling. That's what my shirt is, cycling. And I'll take a picture of the shirts. You could see it closer.

[00:01:42] But basically the words on the shirt are that that part of the bike. So, for instance, like right here, it says handlebars. His handlebars are here and brake because that's where the handlebars and brake are on the bike.

[00:02:01] Now, throughout the video, when I talk about certain places, I might try to, you know, embed a picture up here somewhere in that part of the video. 


Welcome to Moab, Utah


That's why I'm kind of sitting over to the side. So the picture hopefully will come somewhere over here. So I want to talk about cycling, road cycling in MOAB. Now, you can actually do some mountain biking in Moab if you're into mountain biking. 


Mountain Biking at Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah


And actually, that's what most people do that ride a bicycle in Moab. They do mountain biking. They go into the desert areas or they go on a Dead Horse Point State Park or some national park and they do some mountain biking. And as you can, you can go to YouTube and search for mountain biking in MOAB. And those videos will blow your mind. Where are they? Mountain biking on sides of cliffs and everything. No, I won't be doing that in this lifetime. I can assure you that. So we actually do some road cycling within the town of Moab. And we've done it along the Colorado River. 


Colorado River Walkway in Moab - A EASY Walk


And we've also done it inside Arches National Park. So I want to talk about that, because some people might wonder, how can you go cycling in Arches National Park? 


Cycling in Arches National Park


Or can I go cycling and Arches National Park? Well, yes, you actually can. We've done it twice in 2019 and 2020. And we have not had any park rangers tell us not to do it or anything or that it's dangerous or anything like that. 


Cycling in Valley of Fire, Nevada

Like we, not we, but my husband did go cycling and Valley of Fire State Park, that's in Nevada. And we were warned by the Rangers to actually not do what they recommended us not to do it because the shoulder of the road is pretty nonexistent.

[00:03:48] So "shoulder of the road," what is that? Like,some countries, they don't have a shoulder of the road. So in the U.S., how we mark our roads, we have like either a double yellow line or like dotted dotted line for passing yellow line in the middle of the road. 


Typical road shoulders in Arches National Park

And then on the sides, we have white lines. So the white where the white line.... and then there might be some more pavement after the white line on the side of the road where cars are not supposed to go, but it could be paved. That's the shoulder. So the shoulder's important because that's where cars have to pull over. "Pull over" that's an idiom -- into the shoulder. If a cop is trying to, you know, pull you over with his lights on or her lights on if to pull over into the shoulder. So some of these state parks and even national parks don't have much of a shoulder on the side of the road. So they suggest that it's not always advisable to go road cycling in these in these parks. But, Arches is a little different. We've seen cyclists in the past. So, we tried to go road cycling in arches. So in 2019 and 2020, we both did that. So. Both my husband and I did that, but we actually didn't do it, like actually together because he started down at the visitor center. Now, anyone who's been to Arches National Park knows that the visitor center is kind of lower down in elevation. And when you go up into the park, when you enter into the park, you actually have to go up kind of the side of a red rock cliff with a lot of switchbacks. And that's probably a good, I don't know, 800 to 1000 feet elevation gain just in that short distance, which I don't know what that is, maybe a mile or two. So, I didn't start at the visitor center because I would never make it up that, you know, up that incline at all or down. I'm a little bit scared to go down it as well. My husband started at the visitors center, went all the way up to the Windows section. So, the Windows section, I'll put a picture of that here, what the windows mean. The windows are a part of Arches National Park that actually have you know, the wind has carved windows, what looks like windows out of the rocks.


Cycling to the Windows

[00:06:07] It's very incredible. You can even hike around it, too. It's pretty nice. So he went from visitor center to Windows. I started a little bit higher up in the park. I started Courthouse. So, I'll put the picture of Courthouse here...me standing with my bike at Courthouse. 


Bike poses at Courthouse Towers


And, then, I went to windows. So, I think that's around eight miles one way, a little maybe a little bit more than that. Eight miles one way or maybe nine miles one way. And it's about nine hundred to twelve hundred feet. I forget, exactly the elevation gain throughout that entire duration. 


The Gossips at Arches National Park

Now, when I did that in 2019, I only went one way Courthouse to Windows. And I was --I was pooped out, pooped out, "pooped out." Have you heard that phrase? It means tired, exhausted. Oh, my God. I was so -- I just could and my legs were hurting because of I wasn't used to riding that type of elevation. Most cyclists who are used to it, they're probably laughing at me thinking I'm a pansy. OK, fine. I was a pansy, so I only went one way and it took me about three hours to do that whole one way trip from Courthouse to Windows in 2020. 


Balanced Rock Bike Ride Pit Stop

This year, we also did Courthouse to Windows. But, I also came back. So, I went both ways. This year. I was pretty proud of myself. And it took me, I think, three and a half or four hours. So, I not only was able to do it both ways this year, but I think I kind of beat my time from last year even going in one direction.

[00:07:42] I'd have to check the stats on that, but I'm pretty sure I did. And I was really impressed because in twenty nineteen I did a lot of cycling, so I improved my stamina on a bicycle. I didn't know you could do that as you get older. But guess what? I'm excited to tell you that you can. So if you don't think you can do better at athletics, if you keep practicing at any age, you can get better. It has to happen. 


Multi shades of red rocks

So, yeah...so we did the road cycling and it's incredible. The scenery is just incredible. Like, I want to embed some pictures up here so you could see all those pictures of the amazing scenery. And, when I put this into my actual blog, I'll, you know, have bigger sized pictures so you can see it's just incredible. 


Approaching Windows- with Turret Arch in the Background


So you would know once you see that scenery, not only a pictures, you want to go there and see in person, but once you see in person, it just blows your mind. Have you heard that phrase "blows your mind?" Poof, it blows your mind. It means you can't believe it. It's unbelievable. It's just, you know, captivating. It just makes you wonder, you know, how how did does this even exist? It's just mind blowing. So you can either say blow..."blows my mind" or "blows your mind" or "mind blowing."


Cycling in the desert

[00:09:06] All that means the same thing. It's just it just makes you wonder and just think this is too amazing. I mean, how can it even be real? Right? So, if you get a chance ever in your life to go to Moab or when you get a chance if you don't have a bicycle with you because you're probably traveling from a distance and you don't want to carry that on an airplane, which is understandable, you can rent a bicycle in the town of Moab. As I said earlier in this podcast, that people from all over the world come to Moab for mountain biking. So, there's a lot of bicycle shops in Moab where you can rent a bike. Now, if you're going to go there, see on a very busy holiday weekend, if you know, you can call them a couple of weeks in advance to....reserve your bike so that it will be there waiting for you. 


Wonderful bridge over the Colorado River

Otherwise, if you just show up there and then reserve it, you probably won't get it on a busy weekend, on a busy holiday weekend, especially in the summertime. So, you don't have worry about that. Now, you might wonder, "How do I carry my bicycle up into Arches from Moab?" Well, if you're an avid cyclist, you don't even have to really worry about that if you're staying in a hotel in downtown Moab. You can ride your bicycle from downtown Moab up to the entrance of Arches, and that's like four or five miles.

[00:10:35] ,So obviously, going back and forth, that's going to add eight to 10 miles. But if you're an avid cyclist, you know, I don't think that's going to matter too much for you. But if you're not really that much of an avid cyclist, you can ask the bicycle shop if they can rent a carrier for you to put on your car. Or maybe they will help you to carry the bicycle up. I wish I had taken a picture of this to put this picture in this video, but I don't think I have a picture of it. But one year we actually saw a bicycle taxi in Moab. So what that was was like, you know, people who were renting bicycles could actually, I guess, call something like an Uber to take them up or bring them back down from a park. And the Uber had a bicycle rack on it that they would put your bicycle on and take you up into the park with your bicycle and then bring you back down. So, yeah, if you are traveling from a long ways away and you don't have a bicycle, you can always rent one. And there's all different kinds of bikes to rent. But that will save you from worrying about that. So these are some ideas for bicycling and Moab. And, I hope you like some of our pictures. If you're seeing this video on YouTube You can hop over to the blog link. That should be under the video somewhere where, you can actually see full sized pictures of some of the things I was talking about in this video. So, do you like these videos of T-shirt travel tales? There'll be others. I have done a couple already. You can search my blog for that or this YouTube page for T-shirt travel tales and hopefully you'll find more episodes. Thanks for listening. And, if you have any comments, questions, so hesitate to leave them on the bottom of this video. If you have watched the whole thing, thank you so much. I appreciate it. I'm Jennifer Kumar. I manage Authentic Journeys. I do cross-cultural training and coaching, especially for offshore teams or people who work outside of the US with people in the US on a virtual team who want to understand how to communicate more effectively across cultures or for expats living in the U.S. who also are in the same predicament. So, if that sounds like something you're interested in, you can go to my website - authenticjourneys.info. You can call me. My phone number in the U.S. three eight five two one eight zero nine four seven. My email address - info at authentic journeys dot info. And, I have a WhatsApp number. That's an Indian number. So, the country code is nine one nine five three nine three four seven five two nine. Thanks for listening and see you next time.

[00:13:13] Bye.

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We help build effective, culturally competent global teams with focus on the cultures of the USA and India. Jennifer Kumar, Managing Director, an American citizen, has almost 10 years experience living, studying and working (owning a business) in India. Authentic Journeys Consultancy is registered as a Private Limited in India (Kerala) and an LLC in the USA (Salt Lake City, Utah). We provide onsite and live-online instructor-led courses, facilitation and corporate coaching.