Two Bowls (September 26)

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I had trouble sleeping last night, similar to Escalante. I didn’t want to take another rest day, so I decided to push on. I knew it wouldn’t be as difficult riding as I have gone through the past several days.

Today’s ride was through two bowls. A slight downhill out of Cedar City, a gentle climb to about the halfway point, then downhill again to Milford, UT. The two wide, flat valleys were surrounded by mountain ranges. There wasn’t much else to see in the valleys.

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Snow! (September 23)

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I got rained out yesterday. Not only did the rain continue, but there were flash flood watches and warnings throughout the area, including the canyon I needed to climb next. I decided the best thing to do was to stay put for one day. I did find a motel room where I was able to dry out and stay warm.

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Low Clouds and a Wet Ride (September 21)

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I have been taking an awful lot of unexpected rest days in Utah. I am beginning to wonder if the ride is wearing on me. When I’m on the bicycle, I feel like I’m 20 years old again. Unfortunately, I am not. Yesterday, I had another unexpected rest day, after only two days of riding. I didn’t sleep well the night before and didn’t think I would be able to ride up and out of Escalante.

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Short Day (September 19)

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.

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Boulder Mountain (September 18)

After a rest day, I had to finish the climb up past Boulder Mountain. It was a little steeper than I expected, with 8 to 10% grades. The scent of the evergreens was strong today. I don’t think I have noticed the scent that strong since New England. It made the ride up the mountain pleasant.

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A View From a Hill (September 17)

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Since I didn’t take a rest day in Hanksville, I decided to do so today. I hoped that my tent would provide some shade and the fly would funnel the wind into the tent so I could enjoy shade and a nice breeze. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough wind to funnel into the tent and the fly acted like the roof of a greenhouse, trapping the sun’s heat.

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“That’s what I call a real man.” (September 15)

I slept well again last night. As I was heading out, a man from New Zealand stopped to walk around the picnic area. He said when he planned his trip to the US, people told him he needed to go to Utah. There isn’t anything like it in New Zealand. I’ve been across this country and haven’t seen anything like it.

Today ended up being a relatively short day into Hanksville, UT. For the first 12 or so miles, I was still climbing away from the Colorado River. The climbing was gradual, however, so it wasn’t so bad.

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