First, we went through what we thought we might need, what we already have and what we needed to purchase. And, being tightwads, we didn't want to purchase a lot or anything really expensive. After all, our goal was to keep our costs down. As it turned out, we had quite a bit of stuff already.
One of our biggest discussions was about sleeping surfaces. The slim pad I used in Hamburg was not enough for me. I was stiff and sore because I was basically sleeping on the ground. So of course, we discussed air mattresses and cots. We finally decided on cots and in short order, Eric had ordered two different cots online. We already had sleeping bags.
Within a few days the cots turned up. I forgot to take a picture of mine. Suffice it to say, it is not as big, sturdy or nice as Eric's but it is considerably lighter! As soon as they arrived, we had to put them together. Heck we didn't want to try and figure it out at o'dark thirty in the rain somewhere!
Ooohhh, Eric also bought us little camping pillows. Sweet luxury!!
So, we bought a bigger tent! Oh, this one is much bigger. We can even stand up! Yippee Skippy, yes, I think this one will work just fine.
We decided the larger blue tent was the keeper so I treated the outside and rain fly with permethrin to keep bugs away.
Well, tent, cots, sleeping bags, what else? Nothing, just our normal motorcycle travel gear. We planned a short trip away to give everything a test run. We needed to figure out how to best pack our bikes and then set up camp, tear down camp, repack bikes and all that kind of stuff.
We managed to sort out who was going to carry what on their bike and got them packed and headed out for an overnighter on Sunday afternoon. Torrey, UT was our destination and I had made a reservation at a camp ground. One of our biggest concerns was power. Eric uses a CPAP machine for sleeping and it requires power. Hmmmmmm. So, when I made the reservation I requested a space close to power. They told us to bring a long extension cord, lol. So we did!
We took a beautiful route to Torrey. 50 miles of I-15 then right at Cedar City onto UT 14 over the mountain which spit us out on US Hiway 89. We took a quick break in Hatch where I took these photos.
I suspect and heard rumor that the people who purchased the place had been sued by Harley Davidson for mis-use or unauthorized use of their name and logo. Apparently they were able to move past that issue and now have a darling little motel, bike shop and cafe. Good for them! So, if you're anywhere near Hatch, UT, consider staying here for a night. I'm pretty sure you'll have a good time.
So, we finally made it to Torrey, UT and checked into the Thousand Lakes Campground. We got the tent spot closest to the main building so we could run an extension cord for power. Here is my honey getting our big tent sorted out.
I'd like to say I slept like a log but that didn't happen. My honey had a pretty decent night's sleep as he was able to reach the electricity after buying another extension cord so his CPAP would be powered.
I, however, slept nicely for a while and then I got COLD. Like really COLD. It wasn't even that cold outside but my back was frozen. Lesson learned. We'll fix that problem before we camp again. Overall, it was a great experience. We were able to put up the tent without issue, set up our cots and bags and have plenty of space to do whatever we needed to do! It was all good (except for me getting cold).
The next morning we got up (no, I slept another hour after Eric put his sleeping bag on top of me) and started to break down our campsite. It took a bit of time, but then again, we weren't in any hurry. Everything came down, broke apart and tucked into the proper bags without problem. Hey, we might be okay at this camping thing (as long as it doesn't get COLD!).
Okay, thanks cause I was able to exit the deep gravel with no problem and get back on the road. Yeah, I think thanks are for the GS Women Rally that I attended a week ago and learned how to maneuver this big bike in all kinds of terrain!
I insisted we stop and take a few pictures. This is such a special place. Yes, it is a small park but so incredibly beautiful. If you ride through here, please take the time to stop. There is a lovely visitor center and several pull-outs for photo opportunities. I love this place!
At the end of Hiway 12 (one of America's most scenic rides) we hit Hiway 89 again and rode south where we then took Hiway 9 through Zion National Park. Usually, we come through the park in the opposite direction so I insisted we stop and take a photo at the east/north end of the park. And, here you go!
Unfortunately, our ride through Zion NP was tainted. The first part until the tunnel was awesome! The motorhome in front of us finally pulled over and we had the road to ourselves for awhile. Then, we hit the tunnel and had to stop for way too long. It was hot, hot, hot and we felt the heat. Eventually, we got through the tunnel and made our way into Springdale which was crowded with Tourons! Oh well.... (in case you didn't know, Tourons are Tourists/Morons. Yup, I bet most of you know what a Touron is!!!)
From there, it wasn't too far to home. We made a quick stop in LaVerkin, UT and then pointed the bikes toward home. It was so nice to be home. We unpacked the bikes and got everything put away and made a cocktail. Yes, it was good to be home!
We had a great overnight camping trip. Everything worked out as we planned. The new tent was awesome and the only changes we are going to make are an Eric sized cot for me and maybe a bag liner so I don't get cold.
We have an epic kind of trip planned for next week, so I hope you stay tuned. I'm learning so much more about this new bike and motorcycle camping. Wow,this is a whole different animal...let's see where this goes!
A new adventure will be posted soon! Stay with me peeps!