Note: This was my first motorcycle camping adventure, and I got to cheat big time! I met my family there. My parents had 2 RVs (I DID sleep in a tent), and had all the food. My bike was loaded with extra stuff that I was bringing to my brother. Real camping would be way easier, as I would have about 1/3 of the stuff I brought… Also, I am a ride report n00b... Day 1 (July 30) I left bright and early (ish) on Tuesday morning. The weather was still cool at 73*. I threw my stuff in and on the bike, strapping down the HUGE dry bag and tent to Serenity’s back seat. I knew she could handle the weight, as the bag weighed less than my wife. However, the bag was big, and hogged some of my seat too… This is the route I took Here is a pic of the bike, fully-loaded at a stop later in the day After a short jaunt on the freeway to Payson, UT, I headed to the Nebo Loop. This was a very welcome sign: I wanted to try out some shots while in motion, so I strapped my Nikon S630 to a lanyard around my neck. The Nebo Loop is a gorgeous, windy road, which made me happy Unfortunately, there were a lot of cows on the road, which meant a lot of cow poo on the road. Slippery when fresh… Had my first sacrifice to the road gods After the Nebo Loop, I headed north a little ways to hit the Energy Loop, or UT31 over the next set of mountains to Huntington. This was another beautiful drive, even better than Nebo, because there were no cows! There was some flood damage from a string of thunderstorms that came through the previous week. Luckily, UDOT was on the ball (very rare occurrence) and had the road clear. Beautiful day I gassed up after 186 miles and averaged 72.1. I took a little break under this tree in Lyman I needed a rest, and a snack. Then I hit the road again. I took UT-10, which was fairly strait, but provided beautiful views of Goblin Valley and Capitol Reef in the distance, as well as lots of other neat geological vistas. From, UT-10, I took a short detour on I-70, confused by my GPS map. I have no recollection of how fast I went at times… Eventually, I made my way to UT-72, then 24, and finally, UT-12. Highway 12 is possibly one of the most breathtaking highways in the country, especially the stretch between Boulder and Escalante. I stopped again to gas up in Escalante (pronounced “Escalaant”. 195 miles, 67.3 mpg. I think my stint on I-70 hurt my mileage a little… By this time, my butt was sore, my legs were tired, and I was ready to get to camp. Only a little further… Still lots of pretty scenery between me and camp. I finally made it! After setting up camp and saying hello to everyone, oddly enough, I went for a short ATV ride! My little bro My other little bro Me! Some dirt Wilson Peak After the ride, I went to town to get my fishing license, saw some antelope, and played with my camera settings to get some star shots. I need to get a remote trigger, so I can hold the shutter open for longer without shaking the camera on the tripod too much.