Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Beautiful Bryce - What an amazing place!

Today was by far the favorite of the entire trip. The pictures and words I have to describe this day, will in no way do the day justice. It was so beautiful, so breath taking. It has to be a MUST for all to see. 

We headed out of Torrey on our way to Bryce. We were going to eat breakfast at the Torrey Inn, however when we walked across to the restaurant, at 7am we were greeted by a bus of senior citizens touring from Virginia. There was a line to get in and it was standing Room only. We decided that there had to be a place to eat down the road and we were not disappointed. We stumbled onto the Capital Reef Inn and Cafe. The breakfast was wonderful and the atmosphere was so peaceful. 

Utah 12 out of Torrey is a fantastic motorcycle road. It has a number of tight curves, sweeping corners and magnificent views. It is one of the best motorcycle roads that I have traveled. It was a great day of riding. 

We got inside the park at Bryce in a little under 15 minutes. We stopped at the visitors center and then we got ready to ride the park. We stopped at every outlook to take pictures and to admire the beautiful landscape. The park was not too crazy and we had a fantastic time exploring the park. We tagged along with Rob and Bob for most of the day. It was a great way to spend a Wednesday. 

We got in Cedar City Ut around 4pm, the Lone Star Riders supplied pizza for the gang. We stayed at the Quality Inn and it was not a very good experience. The guy behind the desk was great, but there was no hot water in the rooms and it was a pretty run down hotel. They were doing a re-model, but it seemed to be a few years too late. We did enjoy the pizza and hit the bed early, with visions of Bryce dancing away in our memories. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Beautiful day in Utah - Arches, Bridges and more.

Jamie and I wanted to get up early so we could spend a little time in Arches National Park. We grabbed a couple of protein bars and headed to the park. The morning was amazing. The tempature was very pleasant and the morning light was very pretty. We rode around the park and did a little hiking as well. We spent a good couple of hours in the park. There was no waiting when we arrived, but when we left the park around 8am, the line to enter was already forming. 

This was a fantastic way to start the day. We did some hiking and enjoyed the morning air. The park was so quiet and there were not many people around. It was a peaceful way to start our time in Utah. Jamie and I took our time and tried to soak in all of the picturesque views that Arches has to offer. 

We loaded back up and was back at the hotel around 8:15. Today was a day that we had scheduled to do our own thing. Rob and Bob were going to ride with us today. We did not hit the road until 9am. It was nice just relaxing around the hotel and enjoying our coffee. We hit the road to Natural Bridges. It was such a pretty morning and again the temps were very comfortable. We did not get in a hurry and we stopped and snapped photos many times during our morning ride. 

We spent some time doing a little hiking while at Arches. It got a little warm as we were hiking in motorcycle gear. We did bring hiking shoes so that made things a lot easier. Jamie and I convinced Rob and Bob to go hiking so that they could get closer to the Sipapu Bridge. They were not disappointed. 

It started to warm up, but once we got back on the bike and moving it was nice. We were amazed at the change of scenery. It seemed from one plateau to the next you were in a different part of the world. The scenery and the landscape was ever changing. It was breath taking. We went through Capital Reef National Park and took some pictures, before pulling into Torrey Utah and the RimRock Inn for the evening.