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Comb Wash up

2016-10-01

tl;dr: I traveled from Branding to the bottom of Comb Wash and then up and up and up to Salvation Knob.

Though I arrived in Blanding before sunrise, after breakfast and blogging and charging batteries and buying groceries and buying yet another air pump I didn't leave the town until 11 AM or so.

For some goofy reason I though peddling would be easy today, but I think this state may be tougher than Colorado. Down into the canyon. Up out of the canyon. Down into the canyon. Up out of the canyon. Switchbacks? Forgetaboutit.

Then I descended into Comb Wash and very slowly climbed the other side. And kept climbing. And climbing. And climbing some more before topping out at Salvation Knob. I think that was some 2500 feet of climbing all at once, which might not be so bad if I had been expecting it.

I made it to Natural Bridges National Monument just as the visitor center was closing. I could have still biked the loop, but that would have taken two hours and left me finishing in the dark. The campsite was full, so I would have had to ride out of the park to find a place to camp. Excuses, etc, so I decided to just camp right away. I'll ride the loop tomorrow.

Always something breaking. Fortunately, this was easy to fix.










heading into Comb Wash


looking across Comb Wash to Comb Ridge




Mule Canyon Ruins Kiva


Mule Canyon Ruins


looking out from Salvation Knob






lizard


good night Utah

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