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Old 09-17-2012, 07:44 PM   #751
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Day 2 continued-

Flew down the rest of hwy 72 to Loa


Checked into the hotel (Red Sands- very good)
I wised up and gave her the camera and headed into Capitol Reef


Skip ahead to avoid lots of red rock






The Goosenecks






We heckled some Germans who were too loud http://d26ya5yqg8yyvs.cloudfront.net/icon13.gif





Okay- back into the park












An old cabin- I bet it was like an oven in the summer




the Castle near the visitors center-


Ended up at a new steakhouse/bar on the west side of Torrey- Huge new place with pool tables, saddles on the bar stools , and great food
Good end to the day-
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:12 PM   #752
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Hey, weight: I ain't keepin' up.

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Day 2:

State trooper passed going the opposite direction, turned around but then sat on the shoulder
Man, I hate when that happens.

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Then boogied under I-70 to the best part of the day- Hwy 76 over Fish lake (excellent sweepers) to Loa. She dug it.
Spent the night in Loa, back before the FJR tried to hurt me.

Must have seen a bazillion deer on Hwy 72, from I-70 to Loa.



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The summit is about 7700 ft. Hazy but you get the idea
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Arrived in Torrey late afternoon...
Bin Der Dun Dat.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:21 PM   #753
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Must have seen a bazillion deer on Hwy 72, from I-70 to Loa.

Bin Der Dun Dat.
No deer (was surprised), but it was 2PM and warm...

Only close encounters on the trip were 1 SUV on HWY 40; 2 antelope near Bryce; 2 BIG black cows on wolf creek pass
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Checked into the hotel (Red Sands- very good)
Note to self.
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I wised up and gave her the camera and headed into Capitol Reef
I learned everything I could reading about photography, my ex's worst pics were better than any of mine.

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Skip ahead to avoid lots of red rock






The Goosenecks






We heckled some Germans who were too loud http://d26ya5yqg8yyvs.cloudfront.net/icon13.gif



The only reason there is a southern Utah is the sandstone scenery. I did Lake Powell for 25 years and never got tired of it. Izzat chain link fence on Moki Dugway or over on Muley Point?

Not my pic and not me.



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Okay- back into the park












An old cabin- I bet it was like an oven in the summer




the Castle near the visitors center-
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Ended up at a new steakhouse/bar on the west side of Torrey- Huge new place with pool tables, saddles on the bar stools , and great food
Good end to the day-
Got a name, please??
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:33 PM   #755
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Note to self.
I learned everything I could reading about photography, my ex's worst pics were better than any of mine.

The only reason there is a southern Utah is the sandstone scenery. I did Lake Powell for 25 years and never got tired of it. Izzat chain link fence on Moki Dugway or over on Muley Point?

Just a small overhang at "the goosenecks" in Cap reef



Got a name, please??
Bar/steakhouse is called "The Saddlery"-- They will pick you up at the hotels too (but in a hummer )- was a nice touch, 'cause she was tired of the bike
Would be tough to miss, big place.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:50 AM   #757
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Day 3:

Waffles and hard boiled eggs at the Red Sands, kinda windy, about 55 degrees in Torrey.
Left for Hwy 12- Boulder, Escalante, then Bryce


Boulder Mountain


iDave wrote some stuff about this area once...


Colors were turning














From Boulder, cutting over to Escalante






Gettin closer...




The Hog's Back section




















Headed for Tropic
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Bryce next...
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:02 AM   #758
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:06 AM   #759
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Hello Mike ,

So glad you got to ride what is perhaps my favorite part of the planet and share the experience with your wife . Thanks for capturing the scenery and sharing it with the rest of us relegated to living vicariously...

Still loving this thread .

Dave
Glad I caught you with that line


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Old 09-18-2012, 10:24 AM   #760
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I lived in Lander, Wyoming for many years and used to ride down to the Torrey area every year, sometimes twice if I could find the time. It's great riding and there are some great dirt road adventures to be had in the area as well. I love how you can ride from desert to alpine forests and back to desert in one day trip:





Torrey is behind me up against the bluff in the distance.



Moab, Arches, etc. area is outstanding too:





I've lived in Virginia (20 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway) for a little over five years now and miss the wide open Rocky Mountain West (oh, those wide-open 80+ mph sweepers with five miles of sight distance ). One thing I really miss are shoulders on the roads!!! Out here, you cross the white line and you are in the ditch, no room for mis-calculation. It's pritty here, too; our farm is down there kind of behind my helmet. The valley is the upper end of the Shennandoah Valley and the mountains on the skyline are the Blue Ridge.



As much as I miss the Rocky Mountain West, I have to admit I don't miss winterizing the bikes and shovelling snow for six months of the year. If you've never ridden here on the East Coast, I invite you to give it a try. We have some outstanding roads in this area, and I've only begun to explore!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Utah is certainly a gorgeous place and I will get back some day to ride it again!

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Old 09-18-2012, 03:38 PM   #761
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Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Utah is certainly a gorgeous place and I will get back some day to ride it again!

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Excellent- thanks Doug

ANd Kevin- Good to see you
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Day 3 continued:
Stopped in Tropic for fuel and a lunch-like snack that consisted of lemonade, a banana, and an excellent apple turnover (like 3" thick and flaky form a local bakery). There was a gaggle of big dual sports mostly GS's, doing the same, Mejican plates, traveling together. We said hello but they weren't much for talking...They were also headed for Bryce. As they let caught a view of some ADV decals but never got a screen name...



We caught them at the entrance



We headed up to sunrise point area
















My favorite-


Spent a couple hrs- then headed north....
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Weather wise, how much longer do we have to make Bryce this year?

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Old 09-19-2012, 10:54 AM   #764
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Weather wise, how much longer do we have to make Bryce this year?

Rick
Usually through mid Oct, but can vary quickly- esp over Boulder mountain that is 9000 ft or so if on HWY 12. Has been pretty dry and warm thus far .
The biggest potential is AM ice in the shadows over the mountains after that.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:47 PM   #765
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Left Bryce, North on Johns Valley road toward Antimony- then on to Koosherm, and Richfield...
Great north/south route but the posted speed limit is slow




Had to swerve around a couple antelope through here


The long straight road


Until you reach Black Canyon rd




The old grainery


Near Koosherm




Otter Creek Res


AN old Schoolhouse




Koosherm Res


Down from Fishlake on Hwy 24, an alien cloud appears






Dropping into the Sevier valley/Richfield-




Stayed at the Quality Inn in Richfield- not bad.

Headed home the next morning through Mona, along the west side of Utah lake...

About 1100 miles over 4 days, she held up nicely

Thanks all for the views/thoughts/PMs
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