May 18, 2012 - The odometer clicked past 4,000 miles a day or so ago, a mental note made to check the valves on my machine. After Zion, we rode from Escalante all the way to Blanding, CO.
On the way from Escalante to Blanding we passed through some great riding areas. It's hard to find a bad road around here and eventually you give up trying to remember the best spots. Draw a big circle on the map in southeastern Utah and ride every road in sight is probably not too far off the mark.
In short order, we rode through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Natural Bridges National Monument. Drifting through the ever changing scenery is a mesmerizing experience. The roads are picture perfect, well marked and, at least at this time of year, there is next to no traffic. Purring valve chatter from the old boxer engine completes the happy experience.
The Colorado river snakes through the countryside and I have lost count as to how many times we've crossed it now.
The bike in all its glory.
We ended up in Blanding, UT. The name says it all and we were happy to get out of there the next day. Moab and Arches National Park await.