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08/30   Hot Hills
08/31   Maquoketa Caves State Park
09/01   Sutliff Bridge
09/02   Flags
09/03   Maasdam's Wheel Art
09/04   Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
09/06   Fred's Bike Shop
09/07   Clark Tower
09/08   The Terraced Hills
09/09   Tower of the Four Winds
09/10   Just gravel roads
09/11   Grand Island
09/12   Boot Hill
09/13   Highway 34 to McCook
09/15   Tinker Tom's
09/16   The Big Easel
09/17   Mount Sunflower
09/18   Long Dry Day
09/19   Colorado Springs
09/20   Camping High
09/21   Wolves and Fossils
09/22   Cottonwood Pass
09/23   Send up the bicycle guy
09/24   Kebler Pass
09/25   Grand Junction
09/26   Colorado National Monument
09/27   Entrada Bluffs
09/28   Arches National Park
09/29   Hole N''The Rock
09/30   Newspaper Rock
10/01   Comb Wash up
10/02   Natural Bridges National Monument
10/03   The Burr Trail
10/04   Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
10/05   Escalante
10/06   Escalante Mountains and Red Canyon
10/07   Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park
10/08   Dinosaur Tracks
10/09   Snow Canyon State Park
10/11   Cathedral Gorge State Park
10/12   Sunnyside
10/18   A Week in Sunnyside
10/19   Mule Deer Hunting
10/21   Leaving Las Vegas
10/22   Death Valley National Park
10/23   Uphill Against the Wind
10/24   Ridgecrest
10/26   Red Rock Canyon State Park
10/27   Lancaster
10/28   LAX
New Zealand 2016
Kayak Trip 2017

Entrada Bluffs


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


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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