Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Green River to Vernal

Tues 14th June

We left Green River on Highway 530 hoping to get to Moab (huh, no chance, too much good scenery today). As soon as we had climbed out of the town, this vista appeared……

.......riding doesn't get much better than this

There was hardly any traffic about. The wind had dropped from yesterday and everything was warm, sunny and tranquil.

We spotted some mountain goats crossing the road. By the time I got the camera out they were up the other side of course.

At Manila we turned onto Highway 44 and almost immediately dropped into ‘The Flaming Gorge’ an area of stunning rock formations. We spent an hour or two here……

…..riding some gravel tracks

…..and being in awe of the rock formations.

At lunchtime we pulled into the Red Canyon area, another gem we came across very much by accident.

Lunch was lazily sitting out under the parasol with a cool drink, (are you getting the picture?) chatting to people about the trip. The registration plates on the bikes are nearly always the starting point as they are so different from the American or Canadian plates.

… Today’s group shot, You’ve no idea the lengths I go to, to get in the picture. I had to climb a tree, wind the gorilla pod around the branch and jump a chasm to get in this one.

Seriously though, if you want to get in a picture now and again, the gorilla pod is a great bit of kit. You can attach it around almost anything, set the camera's self timer and smile

It was sometime after 4pm when we dropped down towards Vernal, and decided to call it a day. We managed just over 100 miles and still have nearly 200 to go before Moab (what's the rush)

Our bed tonight was this cabin. It proved a cheaper option than putting tents up!!!

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