Agree about the Utah weather right now, this is my favorite time of year to be out biking and running. Cooler temperatures and a summer of training make getting out really enjoyable.
I went on a ride Monday morning. I planned on about 40 miles along the Legacy Parkway, but I got a flat about 10 miles in. After fixing the flat, I altered my plans and ended up getting in some hill work in Bountiful while working my way back home.
I have been dreading getting a flat. When I got Gatorskin tires, I had to pay a bike shop to put them on because I couldn't get them on. Even the bike shop took 40 minutes and went through 4 tubes to get them on. And as I suspected, Gatorskins are awesome, but not completely thorn proof.
Knowing this, I bought a Kool Stop Tire Bead Jack. It worked amazingly well, and I didn't end up with blisters on my thumbs or popping the new tube. It's pretty big, so it's not perfect for taking with you on rides, but if you use a Camelback it isn't too bad.