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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
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09/17   Mount Sunflower
09/18   Long Dry Day
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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
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Escalante Mountains and Red Canyon


tl;dr: I biked up into the Escalante Mountains and down through Red Canyon. It got cold.

The town if Ticaboo is several days past, and I'm still having a bear of a time either remembering or saying that name.

On the way out of Escalante I met another bicycle tourer. He was retired and part of a group, but was way out ahead of the others because "I'm the slow one." I peddled with him for a couple miles before I turned off onto a dirt road.

I took Main Canyon Road from Escalante up into the Dixie National Forest, which climbs to over 9200 feet before descending down to the Johns Valley. This road is all gravel, but it is in excellent condition. As soon as I hit pavement at the not-a-town of Widtsoe something got stuck in my back tire producing a slow leak. Stupid highways. I spent the rest of the day pumping the tire every five or ten miles because I was too lazy to deal with it. The slime in the tire never held. This tells me there is a piece of metal or something stuck in there.

The Subway outside of Bryce is crazy expensive. I should not have stopped. There was a dedicated bicycle trail from Bryce to Red Canyon, though.

I don't know why, but people keep blowing their horns as they pass me today. Not the simple toots of acknowledgement that I sometimes get, but hold-down-the-button horn blows. And it's never when I'd be in a position to block traffic. It is not helpful. Those semi-trucks have some freaking loud horns.

I ended up biking through Red Canyon just because it was along the route. Look, pictures.

It is going to be very cold tonight. It was supposed to be cold anyway, but I'm biking along at 7000 feet. I tried a couple of hotel/cabin places, but they were all full or too expensive. I decided I would just camp. I hoped I could find a wash bridge under the highway, but there is nothing like that here. I almost pushed into Hatch, Utah, as there are a half-dozen hotels in that town, but I stopped just north of there in a valley.

I put on all my layers. It was getting cold before I even zipped up the tent.

Some of the road swag I've collected (minus Repel). Leaving it for the cleaning lady. She probably doesn't want it.

leaving Escalante

another bicycle tourist

climbing up Main Canyon

mule deer

yeah, I'm pushing my bike now

nearly to the top

view from up top

above 9200 feet


logging truck incoming

open range


Red Canyon

Red Canyon

I've been seeing this in the distance all day. Fire?

getting cold and no good place to camp

penned buffalo

penned buffalo near Hatch

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