Hanksville Travel Blog› entry 9 of 20 › view all entries
When we finally left Moab and the glorious Arches Nat'l Park, it was Hiway 191 that would hook us up with I-70 West. By this time the sun was high in a sky of blue and the temperatures were quickly climbing. After about an hour's ride on I-70, we pulled off the exit ramp and started looking for a place to eat lunch. We were in the town of Green River, which was situated on Green River. Imagine that. It would seem from all of the signs displayed alongside the road that we were right in the middle of the Melon Capital of the World.
It was Sunday and the church crowd had beaten us to the local cafe, but thank goodness, the cook managed to wrangle us up some grub. We enjoyed the air conditioning and the cushioned seats as well as the good service and delicious food.
Mile after hot mile clicked away and it wasn't long until we had to exit I-70 and head out into the middle of the Utah desert. Days like this make us appreciate the perfect-weather days of spring and fall when the temperatures are so refreshingly pleasant. It was just plain HOT and when we came to the intersection of Hiway 24 and Hiway 95 in Hanksville, we pulled in for a cool drink and a tank of gas.
Just like it's name, Hollow Mountain is a convenience store inside a furrowed-out red rock mountain. Someone had the idea that it would be a cool way to make use of the big rock, so they blasted it out and turned it into a "gas and grocery" at the only intersection in the tiny hamlet of Hanksville. We spent about thirty minutes stretching our legs and talking to the shop owner. He had a bookshelf full of many interesting books about local culture and fascinating natural wonders in the area. Randy struck up a conversation with him about guns or cleaning oil or something. Anyway, it made for a nice stop before we headed into the "bowels of hell" known as Capital Reef National Park.