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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

2016-10-04

tl;dr: I continued through Capitol Reef National Park and then Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

I haven't had a shower in days, and laundry has been longer. Good thing this climate has low humidity. My layered approach to a sleeping bag works well, but it has one drawback: it doesn't breathe well. One of my layers is ripstop nylon. By morning I am sometimes a bit clammy.

I started off in Utah public lands on the Burr Trail. Then I entered Capitol Reef National Park. Then I entered Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

There is an intersection with a sign that says 42 miles to Boulder. Google Maps says it's 37 miles. The road mileage signs indicate it's more like 60. I don't know what to believe.

Besides the ravens there are piles of chipmunks around. They are smaller than our midwest chipmunks.

Alan from England stopped again on my way to Boulder to see how I was doing. He gave me a can of sardines. I agreed to meet him again in Boulder at a restaurant.

In Boulder I stopped at the Burr Trail Grill. Alan wasn't there yet, but another bicycle tourist named Zak offered me a place at his table. Zak is an attorney from Alaska and was about to head down the way I came. Alan soon joined. Both Zak and Alan have been all over the world and had many stories to share. A whole pile of other cycle tourists rode by why we were talking.

With all the talking, I forgot I wanted to visit the Anasazi State Park Museum. Oh well. I need to return to Utah someday with hiking and museums in mind, anyway.

I left Boulder in the direction of Escalante. I stopped short of sunset (yet again) because I was atop a mesa, and if I descended I knew I'd be camping in much colder temperatures. So I made my way into the pygmy forest there, set up camp, and ate sardines.

good morning Burr Trail


Capitol Reef National Park


muddy wash


Burr Trail Switchbacks. Can you see the jeep?


one of the burr Trail switchbacks


looking back down the switchbacks








Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument






I found a spider.


something crown












climbing up again




chickens in Boulder City



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