Rides & reports of motorcycle adventures..

9/11/08

8/01/08 Utah


Here’s the description & pics of my 8/08 ride into Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, & Montana. It was over 2k miles & took all of august.. though I did have a ‘break’ at my daughter’s in Ogden, ut.




I left St. George, ut on 8/1/08, after riding with Tom & Tim for a couple of days. I planned to take the scenic route on the way up to ogden.





Here’s my ride: ’06 drz400, loaded for a month long adventure.



I rode through Zion National park on my way up to Escalante, my planned stop for the night. Zion is a very scenic park, & an early ride through it gets some nice light & not as much traffic.














When I got out of Zion, I took a dirt road north. It was much less traffic, a more interesting ride, & better views as I made my way to Bryce national park.











This road went up over 9k ft. There were a few small water crossings, some great panoramic vistas, & winding roads climbing up & down the mountains.








It’s a commonly known fact that motorcycle riders have a death wish. So when I found some cool water running out if a pipe on the side of the road, I filled my water bottle & drank my fill.









This mountain lake was at 9k ft. The weather was cool, but fine for riding.





I took a couple of scenic side roads along the way..




I eventually got back on pavement, & took the road to Bryce.











I don’t think these were tourists..





Bryce canyon is an awesome place.. very panoramic, unusual rock formations.. you can see for days.






There were scenic views & overlooks everywhere.. I stopped for lunch at one & took a break.









There were Harley guys & cruisers everywhere. They were all pretty friendly.. almost everyone waved. English was rarely heard at the overlooks. ..Lots of international vacationers..












I took hundreds of pictures.. I got there in midday, & it was clear. Bryce canyon is very photogenic.















The hard thing was taking off my helmet, gloves, goggles, jacket, etc, at every stop. I finally decided to join the Harley guys & live free or die.





All I needed now was a tattoo, & ditch the dirt bike..






The rocks & views seemed endless. Every overlook & stop had tremendous views.













There were a few locals around.. I saw deer, eagles, antelope, vicious chipmunks, & lots of pretty birds. Hardcore bikers like me don’t bother with them, we just like to bite the heads off them if we catch them.


I finally left Bryce, since it was getting late, & made my way to Escalante, my stop for the night. I had brought camping gear, but found this little cabin for $40, so decided to stay there. It was also right next door to pizza! I had some polygamy porters, a small pizza that I couldn’t finish, & slept like a baby.








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