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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DR. Rock, May 23, 2008.
Precisely what I've been thinking!
If I could get Tracy on a DRZ400 or KLX, I think she'd do it..
Bonnie and I are going to ride it in the spring.
You two should come along.
We thought we had finally escaped the ATV zone:
So instead of heading west out of UT on Skunk Creek rd, and into NV on the TAT, we veered southeast on Rockwood rd. here:
If all goes well, in May 2009 we'll be back at this spot, only headed towards the right.
TAT goes that way:
Our immediate agenda was to find shelter.
so we dropped back down into the valley,
and got gas and dinner fixin's. We asked the guy at the gas station / general store if he knew anything about Mystic Hot Springs, if they had camping or anything... and he said that they were pretty run down, but we could camp behind the gas station... they had a couple of "hook-ups." It looked pretty unappealing, so we decided to zip over to Monroe City and check out the Mystic Hot Springs ourselves.
up from Main St.
and we were there:
Mystic Hot Springs spa resort is an interesting place.
Once we started to get our gear off,
we saw how dirty and dusty we had gotten mixing it up with the ATV's.
the bikes were pretty crusty too,
but the first order of business was a shower, then a soak in the hot springs.
The showers were a short walk back towards town. There's an old bath house, with showers that look like they are straight out of Chernobyl.
but it was clean, and hot, and the best shower we had had in three days. (only shower also ).
The bath house was in the middle of a RV / trailer home park that the Mystic proprietors also ran.
there was a nice Magic Bus collection going on in the middle of it all:
It turns out Mystic has a few other side gigs going on as well. When we registered, the staff was having a communal dinner, and we were invited to the music show that evening which was a band from Chicago.
Besides the camping / cabins, they host music events, the owner does some videography & studio recording, they reclaim and rebuild old log cabins,
-- we splurged and rented this one:
(clean, cozy, one room, no heat)
then they have the RV park, and of course the hot springs. Which was to be our next stop.
had seen better days,
but the hot springs were awesome.
LDF thought they were gross, and felt too clean after her shower to sully herself in nature's dirty bath water, so took a pass. I on the other hand soaked.
LDF wandered around and took some photos:
it was a nice sunset.
quickly once the sun goes down. We walked back to town to find some food. Passed this along the way. What the heck is going on in there that requires four signs to keep people out?
Main street was pretty deserted,
the old theater looked like it was being renovated,
The only action was a couple of kids (10-12y/o) who were selling peaches from their ATV for 50 cents / pound. We bought some. mmmmm.
We found Bullies,
just as it was about to close, we got our orders in.
The food was delicious (note fry sauce):
but it had been a long day, we were dead tired, skipped the music show. This was just too tempting:
The day's stats:
From Monroe, UT to Bryce canyon N.P., and then Zion N.P.
Well, we were off the TAT, and I was curious to see how the routes I had put together stacked up against Sam's. People back in NYC had highly recommended that we see Bryce and Zion, and I had worked hard on GoogleEarth and with the Garmin maps to try to keep us off the paved and populated routes.
I did ok getting us the rest of the way through Fishlake N.F., however National Parks are a different story. In those, the roads that look cool, are all "service" roads, and civilian vehicles are prohibited. In addition, I had planned one night at Bryce, and another at Zion, but we decided to just press on to Zion this day, (we weren't quite ready for so much civilization) so as to spend more time at the north rim, and also to try to get to Flagstaff friday morning, rather than riding a long day and getting there friday night.
We were up early,
had some coffee and oatmeal, tightened up some nuts and bolts,
geared up, and were on our way.
on a narrow paved road into a very cool canyon.
I would LOVE to have had my Terra Mostro with the motard wheels for this section.
LDF was getting some lean angle, even with the knobbies...
and this was before taking the Total Control course.
before we were back on dirt, and the fall colors were really starting to show:
We climbed even higher, and started to get some nice views.
after the last few days, the terrain was just right.
to get nice view of the valley from the mountains on the other side from where we were the day before.
up and up and up...
not as jaw-droppingly spectacular
as the White Rim Trail,
or the high peaks of Colorado,
but pretty nice nonetheless.
we could see recent evidence of a forest fire.
looking down into the next valley:
we passed a reservoir,
it was nice to see a body of water again after so long in the desert.
The area had active grazing, and as we were stopped at a rest room, a cowgirl pulled up on her ATV to check the map, said "hi" and took off in the same direction we were heading.
has TONS of ATV trails and forest service roads. I took a photo of the map, just in case we got lost as not all the trails were appearing on my GPS topo maps. Plus, the map had them graded by difficulty.
I'm really looking forward to returning to the area to ride some more. I think you can go from Glenwood to Kingston all on dirt.
We also read this, about the forest fire.
8 years ago. :eek1 It sure takes a long time for full recovery.
riding through Fishlake,
and the light penetrating through the forest,
even with the dust, was magical. And a stark contrast to the fire-damaged areas.
were just starting to turn.
and at least for me, some of the things I worry about on these trips was starting to lessen. We were making good time, my routing wasn't completely retarded, the terrain wasn't insanely difficult, the bikes seemed like they'd make it, we were ahead of schedule, etc.
We were starting to slip out of "adventure"-mode, and enter a little of "tourist/sight-seeing" mode, if that makes sense.