This was a short day by intention. I only planned to ride to Escalante. If I could get a motel room there, I would stop. I really wanted a shower. After Escalante, there is another climb to the next potential place to stay where I could shower. If there was no motel room available in Escalante, I would try to get to the next town.
To get to Escalante, I had to go down into a valley then back up the other side. Utah seems to be all valleys and plateaus. It is a beautiful state. The views from the tops of the climbs, and even part the way up the climbs, is unobstructed by trees or other mountains. You can see for miles, looking over the valley you just passed through.
At the suggestion of a cousin, I ate at the Escalante Outfitters Cafe. The pizza was very tasty and very filling. It was made with locally raised meats.