- Mesa Verde NP (southwest Colorado, but thrown in here with other close-by high desert areas)
- Natural Bridges NP
- Glen Canyou, Lake Powell
- Capital Reef NP
- Boulder Mountain
- Escalante NMonument
- Bryce NP
- Cedar Breaks NMonument
- Zion NP
|Mesa Verde cliff houses|
|One way in|
|Sleeping Mountain of Ute legend|
|Natural Bridge NP|
- Where is the next camp site down the road? I don't want to stealth camp without water supplies.
- How far can I ride before the heat builds up?
- If I will be in lower, really hot communities at the end of the day are there motels available for air conditioning?
- Do I need to have extra food with me or will there be restaurants available for lunch, dinner, and/or breakfast?
- Are the restaurants and grocery stores still open? Or have they closed during the past recessions?
- Will I have enough water for the day's ride?
- There are two major climbs reaching over 10,000' elevation. Can I place my camp location so to split the climb between late one day and early the following day?
|Early morning shadow rider|
|Leaving Lake Powell|
|Morning canyon ride|
|Ms Collared Lizard|
|Picking peaches in Capital Reef NP|
|Pictographs in Capital Reef NP|
|Just in case you thought it was flat here|
|Calf Creek, I camped nearby|
|Calf Creek pool|
|Bryce NP, hoodoos|
|Bryce NP, Windows|
|Bryce NP, hoodoos|
|Bryce NP, window|
|Bryce NP, slot canyon|
|Three men and a Susan (and a Lacie)|
|Four men and a bike from three years ago, prior to my Dad's passing|
|Shane and son Solomon of Perth, AU|
|Meeting Shane and Solomon|
Great thanks go out to Joe Gregory of Cedar City, UT. Joe is an exceptional WarmShowers host. I stayed with him in this southwestern Utah city three nights resting from the taxing heat of the days prior. Joe even loaned me his car so I could venture down to Zion NP to see the northern canyon and distant plain that drains into the Zion canyons, such as The Narrows that my friend Spike, wife Marilyn, and I hiked three years ago. Cedar City is a great town to take a rest day...good bike shop,wonderful local food, local theater scene, grand view of surrounding mountains.
|Joe, epitome of kindness|
|Farewell at Joe's|
|Zion NP, north rim of Grand Canyon can be seen in far distance; these rocks are 1,500' high from base|
534 miles @ 9 ride days @ 59.3 miles per day, 44 saddle hours @ 12.2 mph @ 31,529' elevation climb
2,743 miles @ 45 ride days @61.0 miles per day, 227.5 saddle hours @ 12.1 mph @ 121,122' accumulive climb