We left the house shortly after noon and took one of our favorite roads, the Gunlock Rd. to Veyo where we turned left on Highway 18 heading north. Scooting along at a good clip it didn't take long and we were at the designated turn for Pinto. We made the right turn onto a gravel road. More like a gravel highway! It was smooth, wide and fast! I did stop to put the Beastie Bike into Enduro Pro mode and Eric changed his traction control on the Super Tenere. Off we went. It was tempting to really turn the throttle but we passed a sign that said something to the effect of "SLOW DOWN - THIS IS "NOT" A FREEWAY!!! So, out of respect for those who might live along this road, we kept our speed much lower than conditions would allow.
Initially, the surface was pretty hard with little pebbles and the dust wasn't too bad. Of course it wasn't bad for Eric, he was in front of me, lol. I kept enough distance that I wasn't engulfed in dust but I still managed to get plenty dirty :-)
Yup, that's me. Here I come around a corner, up on the pegs, looking forward, practicing all those skills I learned at the ADV Woman Rally and Rockmor.
The road was like this for quite a ways and then it began to narrow and became a one laner. We rode into and out of Pinto (sorry no pics). There are maybe a half a dozen homes out there in the middle of nowhere. We continued on toward Cedar City and Highway 56. Shortly after passing through Pinto we had a truck approach us from the opposite direction. Since the road had become so narrow, we pulled over and let him pass. He was considerate, slowed down and waved as he passed.
We motored on. The road surface changed many times. Sometimes hardpack with pebble gravel, sometimes looser with bigger rocks, sometimes it was grey and sometimes it was red. When we hit rough stuff, I refused to acknowledge it! I just looked ahead and rode over it! Pffttt, there! Take That! I do not acknowledge your ugly, scary, slippery surface - you don't exist! I have BEASTIE BIKE and I can go anywhere, lol. Hey, it helped in my mind to think that way :-)
After a bit, we came upon this place all boarded up. It had a nice circular pullout so we went in, parked and took a break and a lookie lou. Well, to be entirely honest, Eric pulled in and told me on the comm what was there but I was going a wee bit too fast and hit the brakes in order to pull into the drive. Ummmm, yes, I slid a bit. YIKES!!!! That's a big bike to be sliding around! I gently let up on the brakes, re-applied and was able to slow down enough to make the turn without turning upside down. Yippee!
This home was also unique because of it's architecture, a two wing style home that was not the ordinary style here in Southwest Utah. Quite the palace of its day.
Here I am being tour guide with a long shot view and....
a close up shot! The house is boarded up and is private property although it has the historical markers and signs.
Page's Ranch. Actually, someone buy it and let us come visit and camp there! You can rehab the house, clear out some of the cattails at the pond and have your own oasis :-)
Rest stop over, we mounted up and continued on down the road. Now, it was quite narrow but still a good hard surface. There was a pile of loose gravel in the center but I didn't need to ride there! We were looking for the Irontown cut off but apparently we missed it. No sign :-( So, we ended up on Highway 56. No problem. We made a left turn and a few miles up the road was the main entrance to Irontown! Another left took us down a paved road (used to be gravel just a few years ago) and we arrived at Irontown, UT. There is a nice community of homes there. Appears some are full time use and others must be part time. Regardless, it is quite nice and quiet. At the end of the road was our goal, Old Iron Town State Park, Historic Site!
Yippee! We parked our bikes on the now paved parking area and took a gander. It was so interesting that I got all caught up in the history and the Discovery Loop Trail. Had I known, I would have left my jacket on the bike. Oh well.... Here we are, Welcome!
Yeah, the signs and trail got me hooked. I had to take the trail and discover all the gems, jewels and odd things along the trail.
Next was the Pinyon Pines. If you have ever used pinenuts, this is the tree from which they come and they are very expensive and delish!
More Utah flora. Quite interesting considering we have many of these plants in our own yard. Now I know what to do with them :-)
After a bit of a walk (in the hot sun with full gear), I came upon The House!
The rest of the way home was all pavement and I was "on" so the ride was awesome. We hit some nice twisties on Highway 18 just out of Enterprise all the way to our original turn off for Pinto. Zoom, zoom, zoom. It was just incredible. Again, Veyo to Gunlock to home. Always a fantastic ride with lots of twists, turns and good fun. I think our total was about 150 miles today.
I guess now I'll have to find a more challenging dirt route since today was relatively easy. That's okay. I'm ready to move on and improve my dirt skills with the Beastie Bike.
Next week we're going to Gerlach, NV so I'll have an entirely different story to tell. Hope you stay tuned and hang in for the Gerlachfest Blog :-) Used to be what happens in Gerlach stays in Gerlach. However, with today's technology, anything is fair game. Hahahahah.....watch for it!
Cheers and thanks for following along,