Earlier this week had the chance for a good ride with pdxcajun and StG. Here's pdxcajun with his bike. He's wandering the country between Louisiana and Oregon in his van with his bike . . . just the kind of guy you want to meet on the internet.
Mrs. RRR was pleased that StG was along on this ride . . . "At least you have one 'real' friend who might not be psycho."
I assured Mrs. RRR - what could possibly go wrong. The guy is just living in his van . . .
We had a good day. Fresh snow on Pine Valley Mountain. Perhaps the last snowfall of the season. Took the back way from MotoZoo up to Silver Reef.
Little tribute to Baldy and his website. Fine way to meet guys with motos who live in their van.
StG riding sweep. Excellent. Apparently Mrs. StG doesn't worry if her man meets up with guys who live in vans. She must be used to his risk-taking behavior . . . as long as the life insurance premiums are all paid up.
We stop to check out one of the local slot canyons. Pdxcajun enjoying southwest Utah scenery.
Our bikes on the road to Silver Reef.
The center of historic Silver Reef.
Old foundations and wall with quite a few nice, newer homes nearby.
Stop in the center of town near the historic Wells Fargo Bank building. Since pdxcajun is new in town we are hitting a few of the tourist spots, of course, linking them together with some good dual sport riding.
And the sign. Silver Reef, Leeds, and Harrisburg are all easily accessible from St. George. Lots of small-scale exploring at your fingertips.
Mining headframe. Town of Silver Reef has recently upgraded the site to prevent erosion. Good protection of historic resources. Makes a nice destination for inmates.
StG and pdxcajun by the "famous" chess piece on top of the Leeds Hill, visible from I-15 if you know where to look.
After driving by Quail Reservoir and food and gas in Hurricane we head up to Smith Mesa -- Flying Monkey territory. Beautiful views of Zion with fresh green pasture land.
Our bikes. Good riding up on Smith Mesa. Dirt roads only had a few "soft" spots. Would have been muddy a few days earlier. Excellent spring conditions!
View of the West Temple.
We enter Zion the back way, near the Kolob Reservoir Road.
StG and pdxcajun out front enjoying the views.
We hit the Kolob Reservoir Road and take the pavement up several thousand feet to Kolob Reservoir. Cold and windy. Still feels like winter up at 8,000 ft plus. Road is clear, but there is still some snow along the edges. Would not venture past Kolob Reservoir on dirt to even higher elevations quite yet.
Here's the pic at the reservoir. Water level is very low. Not good for this time of year. Beautiful views all the way back down. We make one quick stop near the end of the Subway hike to BS for minute with people coming out. Cold water, but excellent conditions. Subway is on the "to do" list again this summer.
Back down low. Pic of the Virgin River from Sheep's Bridge Crossing. Smith Mesa (Flying Monkey Mesa) on the right.
Desert scenery in late afternoon light. Best time of the day.
Final pic. StG offers me the salute for another good day of riding. Hey . . . always a pleasure. 'Till next time.
Nice riding with you pdxcajun. Glad you had a good trip. Come back to southwest Utah when you need to escape the rain of the Pacific Northwest.
And keep on the good side of Mrs. pdxcajun . . . or just might be sleeping in that van on a full-time basis.
Thanks for all the comments and PMs. Keep the rubber side down.