The week of our planned adventure came and went and the weather turned sour here. I really needed to get out and ride. Honestly, I'm a bit tired of our local area because I've been there and done that so many times. However, Eric works so doing more than a day ride requires requesting time off.
Finally, it looked like we might get a nice break in the raining, cold weather and we planned a short day trip from home. The day before Eric went out to the garage to hook up my new BMS heated (yes, heated!!!) seat so I could check it out on our ride. Rut roh, the bike wouldn't start. It was so dead, the light wouldn't even come on. Piss.
Honestly, I think the last time I rode was the first of the year, so Beastie Bike has been sitting patiently in the garage all that time. Fortunately, after plugging in the charger overnight the beautiful Beastie fired right up! Yippee, we get to go for a ride!!
We decided to ride through Zion National Park (the "Park"), down to Kanab, UT and make a loop back home to Ivins. Zion NP Although I've ridden this route more times than I can remember, I still enjoyed it immensely. I needed to ride, I needed some two wheeled therapy! We left the house about 11:00 am, yeah, we're not early birds unless we have to be! It was a gorgeous day for a ride with blue skies and some white puffy clouds. A bit cool but I didn't feel the need to put on my heated gear. I just zipped up my jacket and put a buff around my neck.
Just before entering the Park, we stopped for lunch.
After several years in litigation with the city planners, a Subway restaurant has finally opened in Springdale so we decided that would make a fine lunch.
Tuna for me and teryaki chicken for Eric, chips, a raspberry cheesecake cookie and a drink filled us up. Now, time to saddle back up and ride on.
Traffic in the Park was light and we had it to ourselves for a good part of the ride. For the first time in a long time, we didn't have to stop and wait at the tunnel. We just rode on through! It was stunning through the Park. There was water running in the small creek and we saw a small herd of deer on the rock wall. Actually, it was pretty incredible! Just how it should be experienced with the road all to ourselves. There were plenty of tour busses but they were either going the opposite direction or parked to let tourists take in the view. Our ride was unobstructed and simply awesome!
We stopped for another photo op at the north entrance to the Park.
Thunderbird Best Western motel at the junction. They have a small golf course there.
Kanab, UT, take some time and look around. They have a really cool museum Little Hollywood Museum among many other things to see. Just outside of Kanab are the falling down remains of the TV show Gunsmoke set. Unfortunately, they are tumbling down and on private property but you can ride by and take a gander. Gunsmoke Also, beyond the Gunsmoke set are some fantastic petroglyphs down Johnson Canyon. We didn't go there on this ride but have in the past. Makes a fun trip!
Now, we were making another turn on our loop and headed west toward home. We made a quick stop in Fredonia, AZ.
As always, thanks for following along with me!
Our route today