Km’s Pedalled – 34.5 km’s hiked and biked
Destination – camping on a 4×4 road near Devils Garden
Some Notes – A breezy, cool, and overcast morning. I don’t like the wind at all. Packing up a tent in the wind is both a nightmare and sucks. They are calling for sunnier weather this afternoon.
I didn’t have to wait for that hotter weather very long. Biking down into Salt Valley Wash things warmed up quickly and even more quickly when I had to climb out of the valley. I can’t get over how many colours make up the landscapes here. Reds, oranges, yellows and greens along with blue skies and clouds. On my way to Devils Garden I quickly checked out Skyline Arch.
I spent most all of the day hiking Devils Garden. I think I hiked a good 17-18 km’s over the whole afternoon. I was exhausted and beat by the end of the day. I visited Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Landscape Arch, Navajo Arch, Partition Arch, Double O Arch, Dark Angel, Private Arch and hiked the entire Primitive Trail. The cloud cover from last nights rain made for some amazing photos.
Pine Tree Arch
Double O Arch
I am camping just off a 4×4 road at that end of the park near Devils Garden. I am probably more exposed than I have ever been stealth camping in national park but I don’t expect too many rangers to come down this 4×4 road tonight.
Km’s Pedalled – 36 km’s hiked and biked
Destination – back on the 4×4 road by Balanced Rock
Some notes – I set my alarm last night as I was not exactly camped in the stealthiest of places. The sun was shining and most of all of yesterdays cloud cover was now gone. A short distance down the road I visited and hiked Sand Dune Arch, Broken Arch and Tapestry Arch. All 3 arches were on the same trail.
Sand Dune Arch
From there I biked into the Salt Valley Wash to visit the Delicate Arch. Delicate Arch is a 4.8 km one way hike considered “difficult.” I actually spent quite a bit of time at this arch patiently waiting for open opportunities to take photos. I was in no particular rush today. My feet are killing me from all the hiking the last few days. And I was not looking forward to the massive climb out of this valley and I still had one more night in Arches NP.
Eventually getting back to my bike I only had a 6.5 km (uphill) bike ride to Balanced Rock. I took my photos at Balanced Rock and biked across the road to the picnic area and pulled out my computer to work on my blogs. I am pretty beat. I have no real appetite tonight. Not because of the heat or anything, I am just sick of the same food over and over everyday. I am eating cookies and nuts hoping I am not hungry enough to eat super tonight. I am camping in the very same place I camped coming into Arches NP two nights ago.
Tomorrow I only have the (short) Park Avenue trail and then I will head back to Dave and Jana Knowles to edit the over 2,000+ photos taken since I left their place April 29.
Km’s Pedalled – 39.5 km’s
Destination – Moab
Some Notes – A very sunny and hot day with no clouds. I broke camp early and visited Park Place trail on my way out of Arches NP. What can I say about Arches National Park? As with all of Utah – beautiful! Arches NP is a pretty spectacular place to visit. A fair bit of hiking if you want to see everything and for a cyclist a few demanding hills to climb but worth the effort.
I stopped for groceries and supplies in town on my back to my hosts the Knowles.
This afternoon and evening I managed to organize and edit all my photos up to Arches NP. I went to bed at 1am.
Some Notes- I started the morning with a Road Show with Brandon. Portions of my day were wasted with issues unrelated to my bike ride. Making an appointment for my first of 2 vaccine shots, dealing with my computer internet security billing issue and dealing with a Bookings.com billing issue. But I did manage to get all my photos edited and into Dropbox by the end of the day/night. I went to bed at 1am again.
Some Notes – I started the day with a short hike with my host Jana’s parents on one of their dog walks to Mill Creek. From there my day became fairly productive with posting blog posts Utah Part 4 & 5. I also finished and scheduled a birthday blog post called “48 of the coolest places that I have actually visited in my 48 years.” I also got all my recent 2,813 photos uploaded to Flickr. My new current bike ride total has me posting 21,279 photos to Flickr. I went to bed at 12:30 am.
Some Notes – My day started with a bike trip to town for my first vaccine shot. I mainly getting the shot simply because I don’t want issues at future border crossing on this bike ride.
Getting back, I sprayed a can of de-greaser all over my bike chain and cassette to clean off all the sand that has accumulated since entering the desert when I left LA. And then I worked in front of my computer including scheduling 35 future Instagram posts.
Km’s Pedalled – 26 km’s hike and bike
Some Notes – A lazy largely uneventful day. At the suggestion of Dave my host I biked and hiked a trail at Sand Flat Recreational Area. It’s amazing how diverse Utah’s landscapes are no matter where in the state you go. Utah never disappoints.
Sand Flat Recreational Area
Km’s Pedalled – 91 km’s
Destination – Less then 10 km’s south of Monticello
Some Notes – I am back on the road and of note I biked past Wilson’s Arch.
Today was a long tough day. All day was up and down hills and up a few mountains. A cool (almost cold) overcast day with a crosswind pretty much all day. Three quarters of the way through the day a light rain started. I pushed through with getting into my rain gear. It’s been a while since I pushed this far.
Hwy 191 continues to be busy and the shoulders have some pretty bad sections moving south. I really don’t like this highway very much.
I received an email that my magazine article I did was published today. You can read it HERE.
My grandfather John Voortman, my last remaining grandparent passed away today at the age of 93.