I wasn’t lucky enough to escape the storm. It raged through the night. The wind pulled out my tent pegs. The lightning lit up everything. The thunder was thunderous. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep much.
When I woke in the morning the sky was clear and the road was fresh. I set out to Green River State Park, which is to be my home base for the next couple of days while I visit Arches and Canyonlands.
The handy temperature guage at the gas station told me it was 51 degrees out as I rode over the peak and down into Capitol Reef State Park. Again, I don’t think I have the words to describe how amazing the views are as you ride through these magnificent rock formations. Hopefully the couple of photos I took do it some justice.
Hwy 24 through the park and out to Hwy 70 is a fantastic ride of fast sweepers that follow the river for a while and then head out in to open country. The ride was fun and fast, seeing me in Green River much earlier than I expected.
Unfortunately, the road is a little bumpy and the bumping around saw my duffel fall into my exhaust pipe, which in turn caught my sleeping bag on fire. Too bad really, as I’m camping for the next 3 nights before I can get up to Salt Lake City to get a replacement bag. As I got here early I spent the remainder of the day publishing a few words and pictures, so that folks back home would know what’s going on…