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ADT JOURNAL: CHAPTER 36
This chapter was typed at the Grayson Country Inn Bed & Breakfast in Blanding, Utah. It was sent to Pete on the Internet from the True Value Hardware Store in Monticello, Utah courtesy of Bob Francom.
August 22, Friday
On our way down, the road (Utah state highway 135) turned to gravel but Laurie coped okay as it was a good surface. Just before going over the summit we were caught in a light hail storm. On our descent, Bill got another flat tire. :-(( He will get a new rear tire at the first opportunity. The previous cut in the tire, even though patched with duct tape, somehow punctures the tube.
We have had afternoon thunderstorms yesterday and today which they tell us are really unusual. We are glad to be down off the mountain before the lightning comes. We had a reminder of how long this trip has been. Children in most Utah counties started school this week.
After our long day, we got a room in a B&B in the town of Junction, Utah. It's a restored 1890's home. There was no shower but instead it had a big old clawfoot bathtub in the middle of the large bathroom. We both took luxurious bubble baths which helped soothe away the soreness we were both feeling. Finally, the Last Go-Round Cafe served up a great shrimp and pasta special. Frank and Belinda, the owners, recently opened the cafe when they moved here from Las Vegas. We told them their place definitely ranked in our "best restaurants" contest.
Oh yeah, we noticed Bill's bike computer clicked over 4,000 miles today. These are not all ADT miles as there are probably 300 miles going to and from camps, towns, restaurants, backtracking, etc. Still, this seems very impressive to us and it is a very long distance.
44 miles, 7.3 mph, 6 hours, 4,035 total miles biked
August 23, Saturday
This region appears to be a favorite area for ATV and motorcycle riding. There are a number of trails built for them here. The Paiute Trail and its many side trails covers about 240 miles. Some of this trail is used by the ADT.
Again, today, we noticed thunderstorms building by late morning, so we were glad for our early start and our arrival in Koosharem before noon. We stayed in a bunkhouse type room at a ranch for the night.
41.5 miles, 11.4 mph, 3 hours 38 minutes 4,076 total miles biked
August 24, Sunday
We stopped at a local cheese factory for a quick tour which a maintenance man gave us despite the fact that the store was closed on Sunday. The milk is delivered into huge tanks and pumped through pipes which are enclosed in larger steam pipes to pasteurize it. It is poured into large vats where the enzymes are added and mixed. This causes the milk to form curds and whey. The whey is drained off and the curds are then pressed into blocks of cheese.
Our route today took us through a number of small towns for a change. We stopped in a cafe at most of them for a snack and a chance to talk to some local people hash brown potatoes in Loa, a pie or milkshake in Bicknell, a sandwich in Torrey. Since the day was still fairly cool we decided to ride the 11 extra miles to camp at Capitol Reef National Park. It seemed as soon as we left Torrey, the land forms changed dramatically. The grassy valley gave way to enormous red rock cliffs and canyons. When we got to the campground, Bill still had energy for a 4 mile hike on the Cohab Canyon and Brinkman Arch Trails, while Laurie decided to relax. When talking to the ranger about our trip, we got an invite to his apartment for a shower, which we readily accepted. On our evening tour of the campground, we met five different families from Germany. The West is popular with Europeans as they fly to L.A., Law Vegas, or San Francisco and rent motorhomes for a month or more and tour our national parks.
56 miles, 11.4 mph, 4 hours 51 minutes 4,138 miles biked
August 25, Monday
Arriving in Hanksville by 11 am, we ate a late breakfast, got a motel room, and chilled out while the sun raged outside to over 100 degrees. We will be up early tomorrow for a 50 mile day to Lake Powell which is at only 3700 feet elevation. It will likely be very hot there.
37.4 miles, 13.5 mph, 2 hours 45 minutes 4,173 total miles biked
August 26, Tuesday
Bill calculates that we have lost 4700 feet elevation from Parker Mountain on Sunday to Lake Powell making for 128 miles of mostly downhill in the past three days. Not since coming off Grand Mesa in Colorado have we had such a great descent. We both realized that we would be paying our dues when we climb out of Glen Canyon, but that was a worry for another day.
On the boat, we explored several canyons, some which became quite narrow, before we camped for the night on a small peninsula. We jumped in for a couple of swims and heard many fish jumping in the water as we cooked dinner. Bill wishes he had his fishing gear now!
52 miles, 11.8 mph, 4 hours 22 minutes
August 27, Wednesday
16 miles boated, 1 mile hiked
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