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Old 12-24-2012, 04:47 PM   #19
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Utah…Arches, Bridges, and Canyons

We set up camp at the Moab KOA and met up with Deb Hewson again. She showed up and cooked us up an amazing gourmet meal including smoked Cornish game hen, Morel mushroom risotto, and rose hip panacotta. The camper in the next site Calvin is a very cool dude so we asked him to join our BMW commune.




Welcome to Utah and f 800 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Dinner by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Cheers by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Sara talking to Calvin about feelings by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



It is pretty hot here after 11 am so we hit Arches National Park at 7 am for an 11.6 km hike to the double O arch. Then we had some time to tour the other sites including the delicate arch, balanced rock, and double arch.




Double O arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Dan in the o by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Dan on the Primative trail by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




private arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Landscape Arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




red rocks of arches by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Balancing Rock by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




sara hiking by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




morning at Arches by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Tamara at the visitor’s center told us how great the sunrise was thru the Mesa arch at Canyonlands, so I managed to convince everyone to get up at 5 am to see it. There was a full moon setting just before the sun -rise too. It was worth it for sure.




sunrise thru the arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




sun hits the arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




sun hits the rock by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




sun hits the arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




red rocks by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




sunrise gang by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




BMW gang by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Dan did a bit of diagnostics on the bikes and the boys did some bodge jobs to fix up some issues on Deb’s bike.




Diagnostics by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




debs new fashion mirror by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



One of the most scenic Byways in the USA is the Colorado Canyon from Moab north to the Interstate.




Dan and Sara on the byway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




go pro riders by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




sara on the byway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




lulu by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




lulu by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Dan and Sara by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




view by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




sara on the byway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




dan by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Deb joined us on the tour of the Utah parks….. in summary Natural bridges (not worth the effort), Capital Reef ( very cool rocks and pioneer relics), Bryce Canyon ( wow the hoodoos are so cool), and Zion (most amazing park ever including a 1.1 mile tunnel thru the mountain).


We got all our gear packed up and headed out south from Moab in the wide-open spaces.




breaking camp in Moab by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



GOPR5364 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


The first stop was a detour to Natural Bridges National Park, which after Arches is disappointing, but we have park passes so we used them.



Natural bridges Nat Monument by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Then we headed north towards Capital Reef, with a stop for a swim and lunch at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.



Riding to Capital Reef by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Glen Canyon Nat Rec area by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Capital Reef Nat Park by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Capital Reef is a cool park with more rocks, but also was the home of pioneer homesteads and there are still orchards there.



Fruta area by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Glen Canyon Nat Rec area overlook by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




P1110148 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park ridge road by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




curve by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Dan on curve by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sara video by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Grand staircase overlook by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We camped for the night and Deb and I whipped up an apple crisp from the apples we had picked.




Apple crisp by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Bryce Canyon is really interesting and the hoo doos are just too cool.





sara riding to Bryce by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



wwr heading to Bryce by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



dan on the way to bryce by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Hoodoos by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Hoodoos by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



natural arch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



team BMW by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Hoodoos by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Lunch by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Dan and Sara at Bryce by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





self portrait by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



The ride to and thru Zion National Park is WOW! The scenery and colors are amazing.



Zion Mount Carmel Highway by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




tree by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We hiked to the lookout and brave Deb dangled over the edge.



Trail to the overlook by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Trail to the overlook by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Deb at the overlook by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



over the edge by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




We drove thru the 1.1 mile tunnel and took the shuttles up to view the angel’s landing.




1.1 mile tunnel by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Zion tram by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Zion tram by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Sara at zion by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



zion tram by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We had a bit of a long day and ended up well after dark looking for a place to stay. In the end we got and shared a hotel.



Heading to the Grand Canyon we drove thru the VERY HOT vermillion hills and hid in the shade at the gas station. I think our hotest temperature this day was 45 degrees.



dan riding past the Vermillion hils by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Vermillion hills by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



ride to tuba city by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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