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Retired and Riding South West US Tour

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by danisOTR, May 13, 2021.

  1. danisOTR

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    We wanted to get an early start so we could get into Arches. We said our goodbyes to Andrew and Kaz and made the quick ride over. Even though it was still before 9 the line to get in was long. It took almost 30 minutes before we got to the booth. We have a National Park Pass but even before we presented it the attendant just wave us through.
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    We were in for a short climb up the road. Within minute we were taken by the spires that start the tour. We pulled into an overlook to take in the sites. Again, nothing short of spectacular. A must see as words, not pictures can describe.

    After 30 minutes we moved further along. We took one spur to take in the first arches we would see. The site was busy so we satisfied ourselves with a drive through. We were two up and Patti photographed from the back of the bike as we moved through.
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    Our next turn off was to “Delicate Arch”. There was a trailhead to walk to it or just a bit further a spot to park where we could view it from a distance. We chose the latter.


    We parked a made the ¼ mile trek to the viewing area. It must look must better up close, but from a distance not too impressive.


    Back on the bike I noted that we were getting low on fuel. The wind from the previous day and made our mileage suffer. Rather than risk running out deeper into the park we decided to cut our trip short. During the climbs and descent’s my gas gauge kept fluctuating. At times the fuel light would come on. At others we had a safe amount. Either way we played it safe and made our way to the exit.


    Back in Moab we made a quick fuel stop and headed into town to find a place for lunch. It was mothers-day and we expecting everything was going to be packed. We were pleasantly surprised to find Pasta Jay’s right in the center of town had plenty of seating. It was just before noon when we were seated.
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    We opted for an appetizer and to split an entrée. Garlic bread with marinara, pesto and alfredo sauce for dipping along with chicken breast stuffed with Italian Sausage with a side of rigatoni. We would have savored but we were too hungry so we hoovered.

    Done too quicky we set out to window shop at the various businesses nearby. Some were unique with others that were the typical tourist places with the (made in country of your choice) kitschy items.

    We bought a bag of ice at vending machine, a first for us and then headed back to our site.

    When we returned, we found a gallon of water that Phil had dropped off when we were gone. We sat at our site in the sun. The wind was again blowing up canyon. Also, as I had written we were between the road and the river. During the day the traffic is constant so although the views are great the noise level was not.

    As evening drew in the flow of “site-seekers” began. This evening I flagged in a couple from Washington State. Brian and Insa were recent retiree’s traveling in a conversion van. They are not full-timers but were planning to be out for a month.

    As we were speaking with our newest site sharers Phil returned on his 1250GSA. We chatted for a bit and I thanked him for the water.

    We spent the evening with Brian and Insa swapping stories and backgrounds and generally enjoying having the company.



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  2. danisOTR

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    Again, we were up and out early this time planning to finish our tour the Arches. The queue was equally as bad as the previous day. Another 30 minutes of inching forward.

    Finally through, we headed straight to the back of the park to the Devils Playground. The parking lot was full and there was a lot of traffic. We were fortunate to find a spot and rolled the bike in.

    It was cool so we kept our riding jackets on and walked to the trailhead. There were a few different trails of varying length. We opted for one of the shorter ones as we were fully geared up with riding boots on which don’t lend themselves to long walks.

    Within ½ mile we saw a few arches which we admired and photographed. On our return trip a couple stopped us and the man asked if we were going to the Rally”. He said he spotted our Aerostich riding suits and as soon as he saw my BMW had he surmised that we might be heading to the BMW Rally taking place in Montana late June. We had considered it but are opting to visit friends and family in California. We chatted for a bit then we headed on.
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    As we approached the bike I noted litter all around. It was not that way when we left. I was surprised but as we got closer I noted that they were ear plugs that we carry. It appears that a bird had landed on my bike and had plucked a couple of dozen of them out of a pocket on my tank bag. I guess it took him a while to realize that they weren’t food before he moved on.

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    We left arches and headed into the north section of Canyon Lands. It was a short hop up Route 191 to 313. But like Needles it was a 26 mile ride to the Park entrance. From the park entrance it was still a long way to reach the Grand View Point Overlook.

    This overlook unlike Pinnacles was very busy. We parked in a hashmark area. A habit as it does not impede traffic and is too small for a car. We took off our helmets and approached the rim, but not too closely. Pinnacles had more barriers than Grand View. At Grand View you can get right up to the edge. We saw several younger people sitting, in our opinion took close while their friends took their pictures. Again, we were struck by the massiveness of it all.
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    Twenty minutes passed and we headed back to the bike. No surprise that another rider had cleverly backed his BMW in between mine and the curb. As we were suiting up he returned. He was from the San Francisco Bay area. We swapped information about roads and then we were all off again.

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    Patti, again on the back was taking pictures as we rolled along. At one point I spotted a dirt road hugging the canyon wall heading down. Not in a million years would I take a bike down that road.


    At the park entrance I spied a couple of riders by the booth riding smaller bikes and we waved at each other as we passed.

    Where were had quickly passed through the entrance now there was a line of vehicles stretching more that ¼ trying to get in. I’m glad we made it when we did.

    Back in Moab we again parked in the center of town, hung our helmets on the mirrors and laid our jackets on the seat. I was hankering for a burger. We walked to the Corner to a place called “Spokes”. The menu featured burgers. Score!

    Seated outside with soft drinks we both ordered and sat enjoying the comfortable weather. Our ½ pound burgers arrived. Mine was a perfect medium rare with just the right fixings. Just what I needed.

    As we were eating, I noticed the same two bikes we had seen at the booth at Canyon Lands pull into a spot across from the restaurant. They took off their gear and headed into spoke and were seated near me.

    After I finished my burger, I walked over to their table. They were, in fact the same couple. They were from Virginia. The young lady was on a TW200. He was on something slightly bigger. They had been at the booth to buy passes to ride down that dirt road that hugged the cliff in Canyon Lands. Crazy. I wished them a safe ride.

    I wanted to see how the other half spent their recreational dollar taking their all too expensive and heavily modified SUV’s and 4X4’s places that I wouldn’t even walk. We were directed to their playground by our waiter. However, when we asked the booth attendant he told us we would have to go out onto the trails ourselves to see anything. Not happening, especially two up.

    We made a couple of quick stops in town. Ice was needed. After we rode back out to out campsite arriving mid-afternoon.

    I spent the afternoon reading while Patti partook in her newest favorite pastime, painting rocks.

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    Again, as evening approached wrangled some more site-sharers. This time it was a young lady from Holland, Tessa along with her traveling companion Juan. Long back story. The short of it is that she quit her job during covid to travel. She met Juan in Brazil. Juan had been traveling as well. From San Diego he had gone to, as I recall, Taiwan and the Philippine’s from there to Oaxaca and then to Brazil. I thought we were pushing the envelope. Anyway, Tessa wanted to tour the US and Juan agreed to accompany her.


    Once again, we spend the evening swapping stories with us giving them our advice as to their travel plans.

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    Moving Time

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  3. danisOTR

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    I was out of the tent by 6:15. I notice that Juan’s car was gone. I assumed that they got an early start to see the nearby sites. When I returned from the restroom, I saw Tessa getting out of her tent. I asked where Juan was and she began to panic. She said that they had an agreement that he would not leave her anywhere without letting her know.

    She went on to tell me that all of her valuables were in the car. Cash, passport credit cards. There was no service at our site so she was not able to contact him. As she went to the bathroom I went to Juan’s tent and looked inside. Yes, they were in separate tents. All of his possessions were still in there. He was coming back for sure.

    Even with my assurance Tessa was still not convinced. Juan got back around 45 minutes after the drama began. But the drama went on for a while longer and Tessa tearfully questioned Juan as to where he had gone and why he did not tell her. He claimed that he had tried to wake her up but she said she wanted to sleep. They ended up taking a ride so they could play out their drama alone.

    We began packing things up as today was moving day. We took the usual two hours getting things deflated, dismantled, stuffed, folded, broken down and packed into our Wolfman Bags. During this time Tessa and Juan came back the issue seemingly resolved and then headed back out to tour.

    We loaded the bikes and headed north on Route 191. I wanted to fuel before we got on Route 70 headed west. I was assuming there would be a couple of gas stations at the interchange on 191 and 70. Nope only one, The Twilight Zone where premium was $4.50 a gallon. Not knowing what laid ahead we went ahead a fueled up. A good thing. Not too far west on 70 there was sign announcing “No Services for the Next 101 Miles”.
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    We were expecting a 100 plus mile slog on a normal interstate highway. We were wrong. The speed limit was 80 but that is where the similarity to normal ended. We climbed and curved and descended and repeated. We climbed so high we had to stop and put more layers and over-gloves on because it go so cool.


    There were several overlooks that had pull offs. Some of which we took advantage of. Definitely not your normal highway.
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    We made into Selina, Utah early in the afternoon. We stopped into a Denny’s for a late breakfast. I also needed to find a place for the evening. We wanted to be off the road early, in a room not a campsite so we could shower do laundry.


    We stayed at a Travel Lodge. Clean enough and plenty of hot water. We walked to a laundromat after which we came back to the hotel and hung our things outside of our room to dry.

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    We made motel reservation for the next six nights. Three outside Bryce Canyon and the following three near Zion National Park.


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    Avg Moving Speed

    58.1

    Max Speed

    78.1

    Max Elevation

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    Moving Time

    2:48

    Total Time

    4:54
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  4. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    When I woke up this morning, I reread an email that Lonestar had sent a while back. He had recommended we take Route 12 heading down to Bryce. I’m glad I reread this as I was routing us on mostly highway. I made up another route taking down Route 24 out of Selina and connecting with Route 12.

    I’ve written before each day the rides seem to be better than the last. True again. What a spectacular collection of roads. Hardly any straight sections. Those that were straight had terrific view.

    We found ourselves entering Dixie National Forrest. Why “Dixie” in Utah, who knows. But it was beautiful with great roads, a motorcyclist dream. The overlooks were numerous with spectacular views. We found ourselves playing hopscotch with cars and RV’s. We would pull off to look at the views and would catch up to them and they would pull over so we could pass. At the end we ended up in the same overlook and they said they would wait until we left. Very thoughtful.
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    We also were treated to riding through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The most spectacular section was the mile or so where the roadway ran on a ridge separating valleys on either side. I was maybe 50 feet wide. It was like riding on a spine giving full views of both sides simultaneously.

    Another thing of note was the everchanging geology. The type stone kept changing. It went from terracotta colored sand stone to what I believe was granite cycling back and forth.

    As we approached Bryce a road sign announced we were entering Red Canyon. Then bamb, we were completely surrounded by solid terracotta. With the exception of the greenery and the sky everything was monochromatic terracotta. Just as quickly we were out of it.

    In twenty more minutes, we were rolling into Panguitch. We are booked into the Bryce Way Motel. A budget option that is better than sleeping on the ground.

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  5. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    This was a Zero Day. No riding or touring. I spent the day catching up on my blog/ride report.
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    We got our early today. It was still below 40 when we left the hotel. Bryce Canyon can get busy and we wanted to get there before the crowds. It took 25 minutes to get to the entrance and there were very few people in line.

    Patti had done a great job lining up our visit. She had our route laid out so we would avoid most of the crowds. We rode to the end of the park to Rainbow Point. We were some of the first people there.

    As I’ve written before many of the sites we see are not describable and the pictures cannot capture the beauty. It really needs to be seen and experienced first-hand. Let’s try the pictures.
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    From Rainbow Point we moved backwards into the park. We stopped at several pull-outs and parking area. These included Ponderosa Point, Natural Bridge, Bryce and Inspiration Point’s and Sunset-Sunrise Point’s. Here are various photos.

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    Many the parking lots were full. Each time the rangers directed us to park in the hash marked area or as I refer to the “reserved for Bob spot”. No one complains as it keeps a place open for another car.

    In one of the lots a savvy entrepreneur had set up a food truck. It was a father with his two daughters cooking up and serving a good variety of food including a pulled pork sandwich.
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    An editorial here. This is the first day the CDC lifted the mask order. It seemed people, in general were overwhelmingly happy. People were smiling and there were more conversations taking place among people who the previous day probably would not have happened. We spoke to more people on the trail and in the parking lots then we have in the memorable past.

    Continued in next post so I can put in more pictures.


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    Patti had wanted to do a hike. A friend of ours had recommended a moderate hike that would take us to the valley floor and then across to another trail to climb back up to the rim.

    We filled out water bladder and started down. The trail down was very busy with traffic heading in each direction. It is gravel and had innumerable switchbacks. We hiked down passing through arches in the rocks and past hoodoo after hoodoo. They look very different looking up than looking down on them.
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    It took us around 45 minutes as we descended. There were many times I wondered how some of the people we were passing were going to make it back up. As I said the hike was moderate. In my opinion some people should not have been allowed to descend. I know I am not in the best shape but I am of good health and know that I could make it back up by pacing myself.

    We walked across the valley floor for a short distance enjoying the shade. It was a bit cooler and we were out of the direct sun. The views up to the rim were as overwhelming as the ones looking down. Pictures from below the rim.

    As we hiked, I kept looking for the elevator back up or maybe and escalator. No such luck. I did keep on joking with hikers coming the opposite direction that the elevator was just around the corner. I am sure some were wishing that there was one.

    Soon we were at the trail heading up. Initially the grade is moderate but quickly it becomes steeper. There were numerous places to rest and sip some water. On that note I was amazed that so many people had NO water or just a small plastic bottle. We has 2 liters and I was concerned that we were going to run out.

    The climb increased in steepness and the with switchback’s coming sooner and sooner. Then the trail turned to stairs. We continued to see people working their way down that had no business on this trail. Someone can be 80 and in good health and shape and be OK. However, there were too many people in pull shape and health on their down. Many had difficulty making the descent.

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    We also saw people that had issued with heights hugging the wall. One woman had put the brakes on refusing to go further. Her male companion coaxed her and all but forced her to go further down the train. Too many bad choices going on.

    The ascent was taxing and I took breaks as needed to sip more water and catch my breath. I don’t know how so many of the people that were less healthy were going to make it out at all.

    We finally crested the rim. I was a bit dizzy from the exertion. I’m blaming part of it on the altitude. I can almost hear the readers saying, “yeah, right the altitude”.

    There was a ranger standing by my bike and I asked about people having to be rescued. It is a regular event she told me. Many had to be carried out due to exhaustion and dehydration. I think there should be a test before you can descent.

    After a short break we got our gear back on and headed out of the park. We stopped by the visitor center so Patti could get another sticker. Then one more stop for some Gatorade for me.

    On the way in we had passed through Red Canyon and the two short tunnels that are in it. Patti took numerous pictures as we passed through.
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    Back at the hotel we sat and relaxed. Much needed rest.


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  8. ryder1

    ryder1 Long timer

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    Great ride report and fantastic pictures. If you enter gas prices in google maps it will pop up with stations and some pricing.

    What tent are you using?
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  9. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    Thanks for the tip on gas prices


    The tent is a Marmot Limelight 3. So far our favorite tent. We love our Redverz too but it is way too much for the type of traveling we are doing.
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  10. bomose

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    Utah never fails to impress. But, just like all places, it's getting overrun with tourists. We're loving our parks to death. I was first in Arches in 1981. No one was there. We could climb on all the rocks. I've even got a photo of me holding up Balanced Rock( legal at the time ). The road to Island in the Sky was dirt past Dead Horse Point. Sure glad I was able to go when I was young. Thanks for taking the time to write the report.
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  11. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    5/15/2021. Panguitch UT to St. George, UT

    Today was just a repositioning day. We are hoteling it right now because it is cheap enough with the stays costing $51/night. We moved from Panguitch to St. George. It was a short trip but we opted for the “fun” road.

    We took Utah 14 between Route 89 and Route 15. 14 climbs up very rapidly. We reached the summit of the road at 9805 feet. It was pretty chilly at the top. If we were going to have to ride at that altitude for any time we would have had to put on more layers. But the road descends very rapidly.

    A geologist on the forum may be able to explain something though. As we were riding near the summit, we saw many rock fields. I don’t mean rocks in the grass. It was completely covered in black rocks. They almost seem volcanic.

    Sorry not pictures on this run. 14 was a little too busy to allow me to take out my point and shoot camera. Also, there were not many pull outs on the road and several were slopped.

    But if you are in the area, I would highly recommend a detour to ride this road.

    We rode through Cedar City and were directed to get on 15 South. I had hoped that there were secondary roads to get the 50 remaining miles to St. George. But no such luck.

    We were tortured by the heavy winds again as we slowly made headway south. The winds were inconsistent coming at us from various directions. As we moved south the temperature continued to increase. Where it was in the 40’s on the top of Route 14 it was now getting into the 90’s.

    We pulled into St. George a little after two and got ourselves checked in. We just chilled out the rest of the day.


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  12. Golden955

    Golden955 Been here awhile

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    Thank you for RR! Lost track of you two when you returned to the US. This trip is brining back a lot of memories. I got my first bike in 20yrs on my 50th birthday, 6yrs ago. My first trip was a weekend from Golden CO to Tucumcari for a rockabilly and hot rod show. My next trip was on 550 to 64 to Taos. And then fall 19 my last trip before the C was using Monticello as a homebase while exploring southern UT. Thanks again for sharing.
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  13. ryder1

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    I need to start walking more. I have wanted to visit Utah and don't know why I never did it when I was in Phoenix. Anyway, I too have issues with altitude. I am fine at a mile up but higher than that kicks my butt. So I believe you.
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  14. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    5/16/2021 St. George, Kolob Canyon, Zion NP

    We came to St. George to use as a staging area to go into Zion. It is almost an hour to get there. However, the rates for hotels as well as other amenities drove our decision.

    Zion is one of the National Parks that now required reservations to get to many of the famous site. You need to take a park shuttle. The day before you want to go in you need to get on line at 5:00 PM and TRY to get tickets for the shuttle. Patti attempted to do this. She was prepared, logged into the site. It was showing several hundred slots available. But they were gone in less than a minute.

    So today we thought we would ride out to Kolob Canyon which is part of Zion but is accessed from a different entrance that is off of Route 15 half way between St. George and Cedar City. We arrived around 9:00 and the place was not at all busy. There was no booth perse to pay or present your pass.

    We quickly rose up the 5-mile scenic road which twists and turns as it gains altitude. The rock formations in this area of Utah are very different than we had seen thus far. It appears to be more granite. Again, I welcome a geologist on the site to educate us.

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    At the end of the road is a parking area that services as the start of a ½ trail that leads to a view point. The lot was full so I did the usual reserved for Bob and parked in a hash-marked area.


    We slipped out of our riding gear and I put on my trail shoes. We grabbed our water bladder and backpack and headed up the trail.


    The trail was easy not like the one from Bryce. There were some short inclines and declines until we reached the overlook. It was just a stone outcropping overlooking the surrounding rock facades and the valley below. Another magnificent view. It was pretty busy with people coming and going. We stayed for 15 minutes and then headed back to the bike.

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    Suited up we headed back down. We inquired at the ranger station about getting into Zion. You CAN get in but you are restricted as to where you can go and what you can see.

    Route 15 south to Route 17 to Route 9 heading into Zion too an hour. Traffic increased as we got closer and the assortment of hotels, restaurants, tourist and rock (?) shops dotted the sides of the road.

    We rode through Silverton and got into the queue at the gate. The sign said that parking was full and that people should park in town and take a shuttle in. There was street side parking and parking lots throughout the town. There were numerous self-pay stations that serviced the various areas.

    We presented out pass and rode in. The Visitor Center was our first stop. The parking lot was packed with several cars just roving around waiting for someone to leave. I let Patti off to go inside and buy a sticker. I sat by a curb in the shade looking to see what we would be able to do.

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    Patti returned and we chose to take Route 9 up into the mountains where we could pass through the historic tunnel that was drilled through.


    Traffic was heavy and we had to proceed in second gear as we started to negotiate the switchbacks as we climbed out of the valley. As the road switched back and forth we were again, overwhelmed by the views of the escarpments reaching up We were able to keep enough momentum and did not have to stop until we were almost to the mouth of the tunnel.

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    We had to stop what turned out to be a few hundred feet away. We surmised that the tunnel was one way and they toggled the traffic back and forth. I killed the engine and braced the bike with the shin plates on my riding boots. A few moments later Patti was yelling “Look”. I jumped thinking that we were about to be hit. Instead, Patti directed my view up the hill to our right. There were several mountain goats traversing the hill just a few dozen feet above us. Cool.
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    Traffic began to move again and we were quickly in the tunnel. The tunned is 1.1 miles long. There are no lights at all. However just a few hundred feet in I saw daylight. It turns out that had blasted out “windows” to bring in natural light. There were a few of these windows along the tunnel wall. I was too busy watching the road and the taillights in front of me to take a look out at the view.

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    After a couple of minutes, we were out the other side. Here the traffic slowed with people trying to find places to park so they could hike up to view points. The road was still rising and the constant clutch work and shifting was getting on my nerves. After a half mile I found a safe place to turn around and we started to make our way back down.


    We rolled down being amazed by the number of diesel pushers towing a car, pickup trucks pulling trailers and other vehicles that are struggling with their loads. It amazes me to see people having spent 10’s to 100’s of thousands of dollars on these rigs tearing them up driving these up these steep slopes and then burning up their brakes holding back the thousands of pounds of loads heading back down. More money than brains?


    We got to the Canyon floor and rolled out of the park. We were hungry and we stopped at a local eatery for a mid-afternoon meal.


    After our meal we b-lined it the 50 minutes back to St. George. We just chilled out the rest of the afternoon. Patti had a two hour Zoom with her college roommates which kept her spirits buoyant.


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    Max Speed

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    Moving Time

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  15. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    thanks for sharing your travels. the wind that week and before in Moab was brutal, i know the feeling. the line getting into Canyonland and Arches to say 1/4 mile is an understatement.

    IN for more.
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  16. CheshireWarcat

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    Thanks. I am enjoying following along. Those rocks between Cedar City and Panguitch are definitely volcanic. There are some nice roads up there and also Cedar Breaks NM. Kolob Canyon is a nice little secret, or used to be, from the crowds on the other side of the park. I never get tired of going up there.
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  17. danisOTR

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    We did Kolob yesterday. Still seems to be somewhat of a secret. No where near as busy as Zion. As beautiful as Zion is it is not worth the hassle of the crowds.
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  18. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    5/17/2021 Monday St. George, UT

    Today was mostly a down day. Patti has been wanting to find a lake where we could kayak on. She found a State Park nearby and we took off late morning to go to Sand Hollow State Park.

    The lake at Sand Hollow is actually an area reservoir. A new thing for me was the terracotta-colored sand that surrounds the lake. The store/lunch counter/rental building was nice and we were able to pull right up front. It was a Monday so there was not much going on.
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    We escaped from our riding gear and went inside. We rented a two-person kayak for an hour. They set us up with life vest and handed us our two-headed paddles. At the edge of the lake another clerk dragged our kayak to the water. She steadied the kayak as we plopped ourselves in. We were soon paddling into the lake.


    There was almost no wind and we made quick progress getting a few hundred feet from the shore. Besides the terracotta sand there were views of the distant plateaus. There we no other kayaks out. The rented power boats and jet-skis were far away and it was very quiet.


    We paddled and floated and paddled some more. We kept the kayak pointed towards the distant views.
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    Our hour almost up we headed back in. The staff person steadied us as we got out. We returned the paddles and vests and went inside to grab some lunch. Pulled pork sandwich for me and fish and chips for Patti. The accompanying drinks were 36 ounces. Crazy


    We headed back out to the waterfront and sat at a picnic table watching the activity. In the distance there were storm clouds. When we saw lightning, it was time to go.
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    We suited up and a mapped a route to Walmart. We were fortunate and did not get hit too badly by the rain. But we did fume into a gas station. A little bit of pucker factor until we found a place to fuel.


    At Walmart we got some provisions to get us through the next few days. We are heading to the Grand Canyon North Rim where we scored a campsite for a night. We are hoping we can extend that if someone cancels or leaves early.


    Tonight it is repacking and getting ready to hit the road again early tomorrow.
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  19. manshoon

    manshoon Been here awhile

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    Looks like your having a wonderful time out there, and what a detailed ride report. When the two of you are out palling around are you on 1 bike or two.
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  20. danisOTR

    danisOTR Living Life on the Road Supporter

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    When we get to someplace where we’ll be staying for a bit we leave one bike behind a d ride two-up. That way Patti can photograph from the back. Saves time and a little money on fuel.
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