A "Splash" Of Utah Anyone?
Morning after a solid night's sleep I hit a small rustic Indian trading post for some espresso and Wi-Fi internet access (just as the real indians use to do).
Eventually got moving north. No easy way to transverse southern Utah so I decided to zig-zag the state again. My route would take me north up to Hanksville, then over to Torrey then down 12 ...around Zion and then I'd head over Brianhead into Cedar City. No straight line, but great sites and good riding.
Early on, I hit a little rain ....
just the passing thundershowers, this was socked-in heavy rain
eventually let up and a clean cool Utah was all mine!!
Utah was relatively new to
me until this summer, but after the Utah1088(clicky)
in June, the WFO BBG a week before and now this day's zig-zag, I had well
over 3,000miles in Utah in just the last couple of months.
And a pleasure it was! I can see why events like the Utah1088
are so popular as riding Utah is a real treat and only gets better the
more you do it.
LOL ...and here is my old
friend from the Utah1088!(clicky)
The Rallybastard took me to skewl on this old school house boni.
not the Village People, but nearly as ghey is some Canadians trying to
be cool in biker garb. Nice guys though and we traded some stories
and I told them how I was using the rally towel to take pictures of "Interesting
Things" and they qualified. You'd think they'd be insulted
at this remark, but no, they're Canadian. This is in Torrey Utah
...at the top of hwy 12.
12 is well known in Utah and a nice road to ride. A tad over-rated
IMO, but still good. This day though it was a real challenge as it
was slicker than snot. Not sure why the rain made this road so slick,
but it was, and this made for some great challenging riding as keeping
traction through the corners was tough.
rain was heavy and solid. In many places cars would pull over as
visibility was so tough. I kept going as it was fun to try to keep
traction around the turns. Certainly I caught hwy 12 at a unique
flash flooding. Muddy water was crashing down out of the hills.
Pictures don't do justice as the sound of the flood water crashing down
off the hills and it wsa LOUD, and it would cause huge run-offs where typically
the ground is dry ..often times coming down the roadway like a river.
these pics don't do justice to the water crashing down
This guy had stopped in amazement
too .....couldn't believe the heavy downpoor and the crashing water ...or
that I was crazy enough to be on a motorcycle.
Henrieville things had let up ....a Ducati MultiStrada 2-up approaching
...not realizing what lies ahead for them.
around Zion, over Brianhead and into Cedar City where I hit nightfall and
high temperatures. Realized how lucky I had been the last week with
such cool temperatures in Colorado ..and this day in wet Utah.
Slabbed it down to Las Vegas. Vegas is on the wimpy end of the great Battle-Born state of Nevada, hence a good place to get acclimated for a day or two before heading home to the "real" end of the state.
I get the bike unloaded at the hotel entrance, a typical Vegas site of
'young, dumb and ready for fun'. Pushing midnight, these girls
are getting ready to go out and paint the town. No place like Vegas
nights in Vegas and then north to Reno
The desert peyote makes some people do interesting things:
time to retire the Rally Towel ...it had seen some sites and had some fun.
known location of the WFO 6 "MOLESTER" rally towel:
Kit Kat Ranch (Brothel) near Mina NV
What a great trip ...some Nevada riding and a visit with Tommy, A great time at WFO 06 ..highlighted by a unique and fun BBG ride. Then many days exploring and having fun in Colorado. Finished off by yet another zig-zag of Utah and some fun in southern Nevada.
Just under 6,000miles for the trip.
FJR did splendid, especially in it's element in Utah. Colorado: No street pussy next time, I'm coming at you wtih the V-Strom.
Thanks for the ride-along.
Riding Moto-Bikes is good fun!!
renojohn2007 @ goraiders.org