11 July 2009

Day 4 -- Destination: Hurricane, UT


Day 4
Destination: Hurricane, UT
Riding Miles: 248

We left Torrey via UT-12, Utah Highway 12, also known as Highway 12 Scenic Byway, is one of only 27 nationally designated All-American Roads - the highest honor a road can get for attractive scenery and is considered one of the Top Ten Scenic Drives in the US.

As we left Torrey early morning I was hoping to see wildlife through the forest, instead we came across a couple herds of cattle walking the road and leaving behind manure which left Bryan’s motorcycle pretty stinky… I was pretty lucky and rode over the already flattened areas. As we climbed in elevation through Dixie National Forest there was a clearing with terrific views of neighboring peaks. Unfortunately, there were clouds that filled the valley and we missed out on the view of what was in the valley. Once entering Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument the views were once again unbelievable and the road was very twisty. Hwy 12 had a lot of interesting terrain along its way.

We missed out on visiting Bryce Canyon due to a heavy downpour which lasted about 70 miles. I didn’t pack my winter gloves, heck I figured I wouldn’t need them in June, forgot that they were waterproof. The gloves I wore were soaked and in higher elevation my hands were freezing. We had to make a stop at one of the local grocery stores to purchase those rubber cleaning house gloves for me to wear over an extra pair of gloves I had.

Once the rain cleared we entered Zion National Park. Zion was my favorite National Park that we visited on this trip. I noticed that the roads through the park were red; I later found out that the roads are chip sealed using red cinders, it’s now a park tradition.

After leaving Zion we made a quick jaunt to Washington, UT to check out an Harley Davidson dealership, we then headed back to Hurricane for the evening.

Grand Staircase - Escalante
National Monument



Zion National Park

1 comments:

  1. now listen...i would have loved to see the pic of you in those cleaning gloves...quite the motorcycle babe attire LOL!

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