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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
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Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park


tl;dr: It was cold last night. I visited Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park.

Yeah, it got a bit cold last night. The water bottle on my bicycle was frozen solid. But it wasn't too bad what with all the layers I was wearing. Even so, I packed up early in hopes that Hatch would have a warm cafe open. Soon after I put the water bottle that was in the tent on the bike it too froze.

I arrived in Hatch at 6 AM. It was 23 degrees. Nothing was going to open until at least 7 AM. There was a gas station twelve miles farther on, so I decided to just head toward that. It was a cold uphill climb, which was better than a very cold downhill cruise. I arrived just as the sun was rising. Pulling off my outer layer revealed a bunch of ice packed in my sleeves.

The gas station was at 7400 feet. The rest of the day would see me mostly going down with a stiff tail wind. I made good time.

I decided against going to Zion National Park even though I was told I could get through the tunnel by thumbing a ride. There is a mile-long tunnel on the way to the park that bicycles are not allowed in. Instead I went past Pink Coral Sand Dunes Park. Look, pictures.

At some point I ended up in Arizona. That didn't last long.

Back in Utah, Highway 59 was an absolute nightmare on a bicycle. There was barely a shoulder and the road was BUSY with trucks and RVs and wide trailers. Also, for some reason my leather saddle is squeaking like mad. Eventually I turned off onto the Smithsonian Butte National Back Country Byway, which was pretty rough, but still much better than that highway.

I made camp up high in the pygmy forest. It was quiet.

nothing is open in Hatch

good morning Tod's Junction

going down on Highway 89

The rocks behind this store in Orderville are all painted with numbers.

Highway 89 is full of trucks like this.

Hancock Road

cows and buggy and sand dunes

sand dunes

Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park

Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park

I found a mantis.

some wash

I think I am now in Arizona.

Run scared horse, run!

Colorado City and the Vermilion Cliffs

Welcome back to Utah!

Morman wife washing jeep while husband watches.

I really hate Highway 59 (on the left).

still better than the highway

Smithsonian Butte National Back Country Byway

good place to camp

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