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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by kickstandsup, Apr 24, 2021.
Thanks, I sure enjoyed it!
Past this section, it starts to open up and flatten out for a time.
You come to pavement end in about 30 miles, at the entrance to Capital Reef National Park.
"Turn around and step away from the dirt."
The folks in the background are getting ready to tackle the switchbacks. I'll wait until we come back with Nigel...our 04 Land Rover D2, which is how I like my dirt.
To give you an idea, they look like this:
As always, heading back provides a new perspective.
As you can tell, there was a bit of weather drama that added substantially to the landscape without contributing any real water.
Dino says, "Happy Earth Day Everyone!"
Thanks. Giving me some great ideas for the next leg of our traveling.
Nice report, thanks for posting. What was the dessert at the Turquoise Room?
creme brûlée, yum!
Great RR, thx. Might have to follow your lead on this route.
I've always wanted to explore that area and you're exacerbating that itch to ride Utah...
Thanks, it is a beautiful, unique area.
Thanks Rudy...but I think you're constantly itchy...in a good way...
It really is stunning, with lots of off road opportunities for you as well.
Who Do You Love?
Day 5 - Escalante to Marble Canyon, AZ (with a Bryce detour)
All hoodoos, all the time, no waiting, step right up! That's Bryce Canyon National Park. Weird, wonderful and worth the ride.
There's an 18 mile ride after the entrance (love my forever National Park Pass) that takes you to Rainbow Point; my plan was to ride there then stop at all the overlooks on the way back.
Notice the elevation? Chilly again, upper 40s...
Here's what lies beyond the sign...
Southern Utah is one of my favorite places. I've probably been there 10-12 times in the last 30 years. Even the past two. Fantastic photos! You'll really enjoy getting in the dirt.
Thanks...my wife's already looking at dates to return in the Rover.
Just wanted to see if you're paying attention. Who do you love?
Rook to bishop 4...
Leaving Bryce, filling up with Dinocare of course, I head towards Arizona: Jacob's Lake and Marble Canyon, over the Vermillion Cliffs. The road to the North Rim is closed; signs announce an expected opening of May 15. I've heard that before; twice I've tried on my way to the World Superbike races in Salt Lake City only to find it closed. Someday...
Lees Ferry Lodge is a funky, tiny place right at the base of the cliffs.
They also run kayaking trips on the Colorado River.
I'm in No. 10, perhaps they've heard about my Bond, James Bond imitation. This No. 10, however, bears no resemblance to the one on Downing Street.
Ginger gets tucked in.
Those are bird feeders.
The front porch is the only place with a signal, and I'm pretty sure the triangle is the antenna.
They also offer very high tech contactless checkin... .
Gotta do it one day very soon!! Looks like you had great weather!!
I was there, the only thing I remember was the molded Dino and getting separated from my Parents and panicking. My Dad found me.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
I remember the Unisphere and GM's Tomorrowland exhibit, I think that's what they called it...
But the Dino was THE best!
Before the Burr switchbacks go to the Strike Valley overlook. Its on the trail to the Upper Muley Twist Canyon. Amazing view. Also, take the Wolverine Loop.
Was on your route the past two weeks in my Sprinter
- California to Death Valley- Zion - Bryce - Grand Staircase- Natural Bridges - Goodnecks - Moab (4 days dirt biking) - Durango - Silverton - Telluride - Gunnison - Crested Butte - Leadville - Breckinridge - Aurora - Boulder - Estes Park - Rocky Mountain Park - Santa Fe - ABQ - Socorro - VLA!- Greer - Show Low - Tucson - Flagstaff- Salt Lake City and Park City next weekend then back to California.
Great photos and amazing roads! I need to go back with my GS!!