Eagar – Blanding – Monticello – Moab – Dead Horse Point – Green River
The ride was 411 miles with about 7 hours of ride time.
Saturday July 20, 2013
We were up and on the road by 7:00 after a quick breakfast at McDonald’s. We were again blessed with an overcast sky. The first few hours were cold and enjoyable to ride.
We stopped for gas in Ganado and one of the locals wanted to know all about our trip and wished us luck.
After a few more hours of riding past a majestic landscape filled with large rock formations jutting up out the earth we hit the Utah border.
The mile marker again changed to zero and continued our journey on US 191.
We made a quick stop for me to grab a gallon of gas in Many Farms. Two not quite sober locals first asked for money then for a ride. I understood the request for money, but asking for a ride must have just come from habit.
In Moab I filled up for our last leg of the day. My brake lights and turn signal had stopped working, after a few minutes we got them working again.
The heat was starting to become a factor getting well over 100. We hit a small pocket of rain and it felt wonderful. The view at Dead Horse Point was amazing, it’s easy to understand why we saw several buses full of tourist heading to this remote location.
As we were leaving Dead Horse a couple from Belgium stopped us and asked about trip and where were heading. They each climbed on our bike and got a picture.
As we neared our Green River our stopping place for the day, the last 20 miles seemed to take longer to ride than first 150 of the morning. It was so hot that’s Chuck’s LCD on his bike turned black and quit reporting the temperature.
After check in we went to Ray’s Tavern for dinner, we were told it was the place to eat in town. It was very crowded. The menu was simple – hamburger or steak, fries or coleslaw. My burger was good and after dinner we split some apple pie.
With the sun going down we set up our camp, there was no WIFI, so we couldn’t post the reports. We walked over to an Internet Cafe and it didn’t work there either.