Quicksand, Camaraderie, and Existential Optimism in Canyon Country – Spencer Harding

Quicksand, Camaraderie, and Existential Optimism in Canyon Country
Words and photos by Spencer Harding

Sometimes you plan a trip months in advance and mother nature decides that the normally dry ground you planned to ride your bike will now be a raging soupy brown milkshake of a river. 

Sometimes you help a random couple push a broken down vintage Jaguar in the middle of nowhere in the rain. 

Sometimes you get stuck in waist-deep quicksand in said raging soupy brown milkshake river and have to yell for help until your friends come to rescue you covered in cockle burrs. 

Sometimes you ride your bike even though the map says you are underwater in Lake Powell. 

Sometimes you decide to drag your bike and raft upstream for some damn reason.

Sometimes your overnighter was shorter mileage-wise than an average grocery run. 

Sometimes in desperation, you make a pipe out of the darndest things and then eat it.

Sometimes you realize maybe you should have left the damn bike at home this time.

Sometimes you decide to go for a leisurely ride to see pretty fall colors on the way home, which turns into a two hour long hike-a-bike ending with Y’all running from a snowstorm.


And finally, sometimes none of these things matter because the people and places around you are so dang beautiful…


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  • Quicksand is real out there! A friend had a pit swallow his 4×4!

  • Cari Carmean
  • sam mitchell

    If the pictures are any indication that trip seems 100% worth the effort!

  • George Parton

    Which nerd brought a flying robot camera on a trip like this?

    • S K Y N E T

      • George Parton

        “Enhance. Enhance!”

    • Alex Hillis

      Well worth it! Awesome shots.

  • Alan

    Great story and photos

  • “Ronnie” Romance

    this looks fun at times, but I don’t like getting mud on me unless its applied by a beautician. great photos as usual Spencer