I have to admit that I started reading this thread without paying attention as to who the author/rider was. It didn't take very long for me to figure out it was you simply by the quality and types of your photographs. Initially you were talking about going to Page and I did not see that detour on the first map. Glad to see you corrected it on the second one... not that it matters!
You also mentioned that you left the ice cream bar on the counter to melt... but you made no mention as to what happened to the cold soda!!! Great trip so far. I look forward to the rest.