I really slept fantastic last night. One of the best night’s sleep I have had this summer. I fell asleep about 9:30 and didn’t wake up until almost 7:00. Despite all the climbing yesterday, I felt really good this morning.
I wanted to get a good start on the day, so skipped Natural Bridges. The landscape I rode through today was a bit different. The white rock I was riding through yesterday seems to be below red rock. Today, I was mostly riding on top of the white rock, so all the cliffs and buttes were red.
The ride was mostly downhill until I got about 5 miles from the Colorado River. With a strong tailwind, I made the 46 miles to Hite in about 4 hours, arriving just after 1:00. Hite is a convenience store and ranger station at the east end of Lake Powell. I had planned to stay there tonight. Because the lake level is so low, they do not get very many visitors and the ranger station is closed. The clerk at the convenience store said a lot of bikers camp around the station and recommended a few good spots. It looked like a great place to camp, with picnic tables, restrooms and a drinking fountain to get water. I noticed some tracks like another biker had camped there last night. I don’t remember passing anyone eastbound today, so maybe I’m a day behind another westbound rider.
Since I arrived so early, I took a nice long break and headed out at 3:00 to try to get a headstart on tomorrow. I’m glad I did, because there was quite a bit of climbing and I was able to get some out of the way today and get out of Glen Canyon.
I camped at a BLM picnic area. There was no running water, but there were awnings covering the tables so I didn’t have to fully pitch my tent.