Onto Day 2. Per the plan, this was going to be one of our most scenic and interesting days of the ride. Several high passes, ghost towns and some geothermal "features" (big holes in the ground). Planned mileage for the day was to be 158 miles.
Union Canyon takes off right out of the state park camp ground and is an easy climb over the Shoshone mountains and Union Pass, the decends into the Reece river valley.
I always wonder the story behind the old cars you encounter so far up these canyons.
Marc coming down off the pass
Dano on the original blue 610:
The Union Canyon road ends into the Reese River Valley road, which is a combination of broken pavement and gravel road. We took this north to the intersection of the Ione road from the west and the Ophir pass road to the east. The shot below is from the east side of the Ophir pass road looking backing back on the intersection. The road into the far range leads to Ione.
A shot of the gang all enjoying the weather before hitting the top of Ophir.
Some shots of the Reece valley.
Time to head up to the top:
Kick Ass. Its only 10am and we've already crested Ophir Pass. Now just a long decent down to Carvers for gas. NOT!
The post summit activities in the next post.