After camping at Burr Trail, UT, the main goal for the day was to get to Zion National Park to meet up with Mike's sister, brother-in-law, and niece. We got another early start and had another very beautiful day of riding. Our first stop was at Cannonville, UT where we got gas, coffee, and checked out the visitors center. We were debating taking a gravel road instead of the highway but when we heard it was going to be about 20 miles of washboards, we collectively decided that the highway sounded like a good idea. That took us through the northern portion of Bryce Canyon National Park and also through Red Canyon National Park. We didn't really take pictures because we were anxious to get to Zion and also because we may pass back through the area soon. Some of the view was similar to this, although Bryce and Red Canyon are much redder and the formations are much different:
We drove into what seemed like a wind tunnel with 30+ mph headwinds with additional gusts thrown in for fun the entire ride to Mt. Carmel Junction, about 40 miles. By the time we got there, we were ready for some food and this place seemed mighty inviting.
Mike was pretty excited about the ho-made pies, but was a little confused by the flavor.
Next we had a beautiful drive through the southern portion of Zion National Park, meeting the family at their hotel in the early afternoon. Then we took care of some things we have been needing to do for several days, like showering and washing clothes. We also had a chance to spend some time uploading photos for our blog and ride report. The difficulty of traveling without much technology is the dependence on finding a cheap/free place to spend some time online. Once we cross the border, internet cafes will be easier to come by, but for now, weekly updates may be the norm. Sorry for the delays...
Most importantly, once arriving, we got to spend some much needed time catching up with the family.