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Chapter #92: 24-Hours of Moab Bike Race Finish - October 12, 2008


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As we know, the
Anasazi, Pre-Puebloans or The Ancients, depending on which name you wish to apply, vacated “The Far Country” now known as Moab, Utah by 1350 CE.  Between 650 BC and the time of their departure, they took the time to leave visual messages for us to find and enjoy.  Whether their art took the form of pictographs or petroglyphs is not important.  What is important to us in our current time is that they were both visually and artistically oriented.Fremont style Indian Rockart - Click for larger image (http://jamesmcgillis.com)
 
The term “starving artist” simply could not apply in their environment.  Only after sufficient hunting and gathering to see them through the winter, did they have time to create their painstakingly incised rockart.  Experts estimate that each pictograph may have taken several weeks and several separate processes to complete.
 
From 1350 CE until now (2008), is 658 years.  Although the exact number of years is not important, it is important to see how we, the new stewards of Mother Earth are treating both Gaia and ourselves. 
 
Not five miles from my first visit to the unique and previously undocumented rockart of Johnsons On Top mesa, lies the 24 Three mountain bike racers - Click for larger image (http://jamesmcgillis.com)Hours of Moab off-road bike race.  After viewing the first hour and the last hour of this unique and unparalleled bicycle race, I came away with enough memories to fill a lifetime.  In fact, the unusual and intense 24-hour racing format lends itself to new energies and activities.  If you read my previous article, you know that I was on a mission to track down Dax Massey and Dean Miller, the two and only members of the Bach Builders Shake & Bake Duo Pro mountain bike racing team.
 
Having checked the race website for live race results both late last night and "Liquid Gray Infinity" team raced "Just for Fun" - Click for larger Image (http://jamesmcgillis.com)"early this morning, I knew that Dax and Dean were well on their way to a category win in the 24 Hours of Moab and an overall category win for their five-race season.  Whether by design or by circumstances, these men are elusive.  Not only had I missed them on the racecourse yesterday, but again today.  Just after the race ended at Noon, I enquired about them at the scoring table.  The gentleman there told me that they came in before Noon and did not need to go out for one more grueling fifteen-mile lap.
 
Bike racer, crossing the finish line - Click for larger image (http://jamesmcgillis.com)Determined to see them and congratulate them on their win, I waited the two and one half hours until the awards ceremonies began.  Since there was nothing else to do while waiting for the ceremony, I mounted the four flights of stairs that ended at an observation deck almost thirty feet in the air.  There, Suzuki Motors, the corporate sponsor of the 24 Hours of Moab provided an unparalleled view of the Behind The Rocks area and the La Sal Mountains.  The only furniture on the deck was six iJoy massaging lounge chairs.  What better way to relax and meet new friends than when everyone is "relaxing to a near-professional level massage in the great outdoors?  Thank "Optically Delicious" team drags golden and silver light into the scoring tent - Click for larger image (http://jamesmcgillis.com)you to Suzuki Motors for supporting the 24 Hours of Moab in such a great way.
 
When they came to unplug the massage chairs, I made my way downstairs to the awards ceremony.  Around 3:00 PM, Dean and Dax came to the podium to accept their Moab and series championship trophies on behalf of their sponsor, Bach Builders.  Engrossed in capturing the scene on my Sony MiniDV video camera, I had time to take only one still shot. 
 
New Energy filled the scoring tent - Click for larger image (http://jamesmcgillis.com)
"When they exited the stage, I took off after them.  Just as I visually located Dean, I remembered that I had left my gloves on a folding chair, back at the awards ceremony.  By the time I retrieved my gloves, both Dax and Dean had disappeared.
Six hundred and fifty-eight years after the Anasazi vacated Moab area without a trace, so too did Dean and Dax.  The Anasazi left us with enduring artwork for all to enjoy.  Dean and Dax added to their reputation as the best single-speed, Duo Pro mountain bike racers in the country, if not the world.  Congratulations to Dax Massey and Dean Miller accept their Championship Trophy - Click for larger image (http://jamesmcgillis.com)Dean and Dax.  With luck, I will catch up with you again, at the 2009 24 Hours of Moab.
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