After 6 long months the day finally came last Thursday for a ride of a lifetime, well for me, going to Utah. I started out early in morning on the interstate to Albuquerque and then on to the Indian Reservations of NM, CO, and Utah. I used U.S. Highways' 550, 64 and 461 in New Mexico that wound through the desert. In Colorado I followed US160 for a while and State Hwy 41 to the Utah border. In Utah I followed a course, Sate Hwy 261, through the desert and to the Natural Bridges Nat'l Monument. This highway is a snaky one as it climbs in and out of the canyons, scrapped the pegs many times before I got to the Monument. It is there that I took a break from riding and hiked a short distance down to view the magnificent rock bridges. Back on the bike I rode through Glen Canyon, over a bridge across Lake Powell and to Hanksville. At Hanksville I headed south to Escalante, riding through the Captial Reef and the Dixie National Forest, where a forest fire was doing damage. This is also where the scenery of the desert changes to forest as you climb up on your way to Boulder. It also is a free range and you had to worry about cattle on the road, which their was plenty, more than the deer.
I finally made it to Escalante after riding down the Hogsback (State Hwy 12). That twisty section is on a ridge, with no guard rails and hundred foot drop offs on either side of the road. I had 840 miles under my wheels when I checked in at the motel that evening. It was a great day riding even if it was almost all in the heat of the desert. The next day was not gonna be as long of a ride when I travel up north to SLC and for the main reason for my journey, The Utah 1088 Rally.
The Colorado Desert on US 491
The Utah State line at HWY 262
Yup that's me and I am still smiling.
Not much room for error on this part of HWY12