Chris' 1994  R100GS/PDChris' new bike, a 1996 F650 ULTIMATE JOURNEY Erin's 1997  F650
Living a Dream . . . 2 Live-N-Ride

June 1st, 2003.-- More than 4 years, and Erin's odometer passes 100,000

Credit to, Bryce, and Zion

-- Story by Chris --

Tues, May 27th: Rather than going to see the arches in the famous park here in Moab, some riders showed us another place to visit with far less tourists and beautiful views – Dead Horse Point state Park, just southwest of town, on the edge of Canyonlands National Park. This is the area where the movie Thelma & Louis was filmed – kinda cool! We followed the Colorado River down below the DHP lookout, past the salt lake farm, and up the Shafer Trail into Canyonlands NP. The steep and rocky climb zigzagged up to yet another breathless overview. When we got to the top, we sat on the edge and just stared out at the Canyonlands – life just doesn’t get much than this…

Weds, May 28th: Happy 65th Birthday Gabi (Chris’ mom). After getting some tires ordered on-line (to be delivered to Las Vegas), we departed Moab and rode to the Dixie National Forest.  As we climbed to 8,000', the climate cooled with the forest, and we decided to stop and make camp at the small-ish Single Tree campground.   There was plenty of wood to gather for fire, great trees for the hammocks, lots of shade, a fire pit and a raised BBQ, nice picnic tables, and new flush toilets -- yeah, it's the little things.  We were only going to spend the night, but the hosts were so friendly, and everything just felt good.  The next day we would take the panniers off and go explore some of the dirt roads -- funny, the bikes were almost harder to ride as they rose up much taller, without the extra weight of our gear J

In the afternoon we checked out the various camper-rigs, wondering if the owners had "size envy".  Although it was a small campground, there happened to be one of everything:  VW camper; a pickup/camper; a pop-up trailer; an air-stream trailer; a 5th wheel caravan; Winnibegos; and the big new buses, complete with satellite navigation, large TV, washer/drier, and towing a color-matched jeep!  We spoke to several owners, and each preferred their size, as fuel costs and accessibility to less traveled routes are better with the smaller rigs.  We're still happy with our tent/thermarests, but a double cooker would be nice.

The camp hosts Randy and Karen were really nice to us, and brought us 3 trout they caught the day before, which we grilled on the wood coals for dinner – yum!

Fri, May 30th: On the way to Bryce Canyon NP, Erin's odometer flipped 100,000 miles -- kinda cool, eh?!  We've now traveled 93,250 miles on this journey.   Once we got to the park we quickly found a spot in the campground. We filled out our permit form, and paid our $10 for the campsite. There were a few more people here, but we had great "neighbors", and good trees for hanging our hammocks. What makes Bryce so special are the numerous Hoodoos –- intricate rock pinnacles formed by weathering and erosion. We spent 2 days checking out the views from the various overlooks, the colors changing with the lighting. On Saturday, we spent a few hours in the tent listening to the rain beating down under the passing Monsoon. Later, the sky cleared and the views were spectacular! In the evening, we had a BBQ dinner with Andy and Gabi, a Swiss couple travelling the southwest on 2 bikes.

Sun, June 1st: After rising early and getting our gear packed, we left Bryce and headed down to our last canyon in the area – Zion National Park. The temps rose as we descended from 7,000’ down to 5,000’ at the park’s eastern entrance. We then descended through a cool 1-mile long tunnel that was cut into the mountain back in the 1930’s. At its western end, the road zigzags further down to the visitor’s center and campground, at about 4,000’. There were plenty of sites in the first-come first-serve campground, but finding shade in the 100F heat was a bit of a challenge. After making brunch (eggs, cheese, salami, onions, peppers), we went into the nearby stream for a soak in the frigid water. Later in the afternoon, we walked over to the visitor’s center and caught the shuttle bus further into the park/canyon. It used to be you could drive up the road, but in an effort to cut down on traffic, no private vehicles are allowed into the canyon. They are trying to do the same at the Grand Canyon too, but the project has been on hold for awhile. We walked into the Narrows, a narrow section reached by walking up the middle of the river to where the canyon walls are only 20' apart. 

Dinner was BBQ on the grill, and after a short walk along the river, we slept under the stars -– well, we were in the tent, without the rain-fly, and had a clear view to the stars (through the mesh screen). There was a nice breeze, and it was a great night for sleeping!


Below are just a few pictures, for more click Canyonlands



Looking back at the salt lakes


View (later) from above


Overlooking the Shafer Trail


Check out that odometer -- 100,000 miles!!!
That's 93,250 miles on the journey so far



Bryce Canyon, from Sunset Overlook



The Hoodoos -- close up


This sign appears at all overlook points in the park


Entering Zion Canyon


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