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Newspaper Rock

2016-09-30

tl;dr: I visited Newspaper Rock and then got a flat tire in Manti-La Sal National Forest.

I slept pretty well. It rained off and on.

After packing up, I realized my front tire was soft. So pump, pump, pump, break. I now no longer have an air pump. Great. At least I got my front tire fairly solid.

I pushed my bike back to the highway and rode back to a rest area to fill up with water. Then I considered: 15 miles back to Moab to buy a new pump, or 50 miles to Monticello? To heck with it, I'll take a chance. So I headed south.

I hate highways, but they are good for road swag. Oh, look, once of those fancy tweezers I always wanted!

Instead of going straight to Monticello, I turned to see Newspaper Rock. Look, pictures. Instead of backtracking to the highway, I decided to take Harts Draw Road over the mountains. As soon as I left Newspaper Rock my rear tire deflated a bit before it self-sealed. A little bouncy, but manageable. I continued up the mountain. When I got to about 8000 feet or so, it seemed my tire was actually a little more solid thanks to the air pressure. I was pleased, so of course the tire lost all air soon after that. It turns out there was a quarter-inch wire stuck in the tire. Thanks, highway.

I pushed the bike up to an intersection to wait for a ride. I leaned the bike against a sign post and managed to jam a sliver under a fingernail. Those fancy road swag tweezers are amazing.

I didn't have to wait long before a truck came by and I thumbed them down. It was three guys road-hunting for mule deer. They offered to drive me into Monticello so I could buy a new pump at the hardware store. It turns out there were a lot of deer hunters on the mountain.

My choices of pump were limited. I will want to buy a better one at some point. But at least I'm able to fix flats again.

I left Monticello and head south toward Blanding. I stopped 10 miles or so short of the town because I wanted to camp up high so it would be warmer. I ended up in a horse pasture. Hopefully these horses will leave me alone tonight. Horses are evil creatures. I bet they keep the mountain lions away, though.



Wilson Arch


on the way to Newspaper Rock


Newspaper Rock Archaeological Site


Newspaper Rock Archaeological Site


heading up into the Manti-La Sal National Forest




Shay Mountain


Twin Peaks East


I think Newspaper Rock was down there.






flat tire and no air pump


waiting to thumb a ride


riding to Monticello with some road hunters


looking back to the mountains


this valley doesn't look like Utah


horses in the road


camping in a horse pasture

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