Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park
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We left Phoenix, Arizona on Monday July 20, 2009 at 9 am in 92 degree heat and rode up highway 60 to 89 entering Prescott, Az and then 89A through the town of Jerome, Az.. Jerome is a small mining town on the side of a hill which is very old and unique. It is a great little town to walk around with tons of history. Leaving Jerome we rode into the town of Sedona, Az. having a great lunch at Shegrew's while sitting on the patio overlooking the beautiful red rock vistas. From Sedona we rode north to Flagstaff, Az and headed north on highway 89 spendng the night in Tuba City, Arizona. Leaving from Tuba city on Tuesday we rode up highway 160 and took highway 163 with a small detour on highway 261 which started as pavement but turned into gravel very quickly.
Wednesday July 22 we rode from Moab to Arches National Park which is a spectacle to see with the rocks and Arches. Short hikes to many of the Arches and then off to Canyonlands. Riding Canyonlands was awesome with great scenery and breathtaking views. After many pictures from Arches and Canyonlands we then made a dash for Deadhorse Point for a Sunset picture.
Riding from Canyonlands to Deadhorse to get the Sunset pic was .......very quick to say the least and better was the park entry gate that was closed so we blew the shack headed for the point with a mad dash on foot from the bike parking spot to the point..... I MADE IT !!!
Thursday we started our day off with a rafting trip which was more of a float trip which was very peaceful and actually relaxing. It was a great trip with great friends as well as new aquantances from Holland. The guide was not just informative but was great fun actually getting involved with the soaking of us all. After the raft trip we rode into the La Sal mountains which was recommended by the raft guide and it was a spectacular ride with both scenery, turns, and views from the back side of many vistas that we saw on the raft trip. The worst part of the ride was coming back along the iver where temperatures rose to 114 degrees with no breeze at all.... talk about hot and actually felt very dehydrated. Time for another adult beverage ..... :)
Rise and shine Friday morning leaving Moab riding north then west on highway 70 to Green river for breakfast. Once leaving green River we rode west to highway 24 heading to the Capital Reef park. This park was a little disappointing but it was the best way to get to Bryce Canyon. Heading along highway 24 then take highway 12 south to Bryce Canyon. We checked into the Best Western Bryce Canyon Grand hotel which was new and absolutely amazing. The staff and rooms along with the amenities were great and was close to the entrance to Bryce Canyon. After leaving our baggage in our rooms we rode into Bryce Canyon to the end of the road at Rainbow Point, then to Sunset point before heading for dinner.
Saturday morning 3 of us ride back to Sunset point at 7 am so we could hike to the canyon bottom. The trail down is fairly easy and lots of picture opps on the trail loop. To be walking among the spires of sandstone was very cool and once at the bottom was even more breathtaking. We took the winding trail down and a less winding trail way back up. After our workout we rode back to the hotel for the breakfast pig out and pack up tohead out again.
Leaving Bryce Canyon we rode to Panguitch then along highway 143 to Cedar Breaks park with our destination to end in Kanab, Utah for the night. The ride was great and yes even got a little wet from some rain. Arriving in Kanab checked into the hotel then dinner at an authentic Mexican restaurant. Oh yes some more adult beverages.....
Leaving Kanab on Sunday we rode to the Grand Canyon North rim which is more breathtaking than I could ever describe. Walking into the lodge looking through the large picture windows it almos looks like a big painting. Walking outside to the deck areas brings it all into reality. I wouldhighly recommend a visit and have also heard from many people there that the north rim was much better than the southern rim views. I imagine the only thing that would be better would be the glass walk that is on the south side. Once finished at the Grand Canyon we rode to Flagstaff where we spent the night with a great dinner at the Outback.... yes more adult beverages....
Monday morning packed up and ready to ride back to Phoenix once again. Rode back towads Sedona and then to Prescott, then Mayer, Az where we took shelter from a rain storm at the Harley dealer. After the rain quit we rode to highway 17 heading south with the intention of riding directly to Phoenix..... wrong ..... we had to stop at a Denny's to drink fluids..... and quick. Our temp gauges on the bikes read 120 degrees F and it felt like 140 degrees.... IT WAS HOTTTTT. After about 10 gallons of Ice Tea we were ready to ride again heading to Phoenix and the end of our trip.... :(