The Real Moab
Moab, Utah is named after the Land of Moab, which anciently was a kingdom in what is now the country of Jordan. Moab, Utah is aptly named. In 2004 I had the opportunity to travel in the Middle East. We spent a fair amount of time in the area known anciently as Moab. I was impressed at the similarities I encountered. The most noticable difference was the sheer size of the Moab region in Jordan. For how awe-inspiring Moab, Utah is, it’s middle eastern namesake is even more so.
Historically Moab was constanlty at war with neighboring Israel. Epic battles were fought in this daunting desert. Perhaps we are paying homage to those battles, as we fight our own, less costly and more friendly war in the form of a 24 hour bike race this weekend. Or perhaps it is just a bike race…
Regardless, we will be in the shadow of the real Moab, surrounded by rocks, cliffs and sand with a striking likeness to the original. In every aspect, Moab, Utah is a wonderful imitation.
DaveHOctober 12, 2006
That is waaay cool Adam. Thanks for that.
As for our little tussle this weekend – it is more than just a bike race – it is *the* bike race.
We are about to find out what we’re made of…mostly water I think hence the IVs into Eatough and Gordon post race last weekend;) That pic on Kerkove’s blog haunts me for some reason.
DickyOctober 12, 2006
If you ain’t tearing muscles, you ain’t racing.