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Entrada Bluffs

2016-09-27

tl;dr: Not much to report. Look, pictures.

So oxygen. Much breath. I've dropped.below 5000 feet. It is amazing how much easier it is to peddle at this elevation.

It turns out I camped at just the right location. Once on the road and a mile down the valley the temperature dropped significantly, whereas I was quite comfortable up where I camped. Always camp up high at night.

The roads getting out of these public lands was significantly more rough than the route I took in. I had to cross the Doloris River barefoot. Fortunately, the water was only a little over a foot deep.

It turns out I could have also taken the Kokopelli Trail across this stretch. But there would have been other cyclists on it. I learned this because I stopped right at a crossing of the trail to fix a flat tire. A group of mountain bikers pulled up and asked if I needed help and also mentioned that there was some gear laying on the trail and did I drop it? Of course, it wasn't my gear.

Once on paved roads I made this observation: There are A LOT of mini-RVs around here.

I looped north to take the Frontage Road along Interstate 70 to the sad little town of Thompson Springs. I filled up with water at the gas station there and headed south into the desert again to approach Arches National Park via dirt roads.

I stopped early because I didn't want to camp in Arches National Park, because I would have been camping in an undesignated campground, and rangers tend to frown on that.

good morning Utah




rough road






along the Doloris River


wetlands


crossing the Doloris River


not too deep




Dewey's Bridge was restored and then destroyed again.


breakfast by the Colorado River


no gas here


antiques along the road


fixing a flat by the Kokopelli Trail


I had purchased this spare tube back in Mexico. Seems it failed.




long road to Thomson Springs


Business opportunity! This motel is for sale.


By the gas station. Most of the antelope I saw today were in groups of three.


heading south




good place to camp

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