Garmin info with maps
Utah Trikes was an interesting stop. They have a lot of trikes in the showroom and are probably the biggest trike dealer in the country. The guys are very knowledgeable about all kinds of trikes and component combinations but we didn't think anyone working there actually rides a trike. The conversation about our trikes was limited strictly to what we needed done. The guys are all very nice but no-one asked about our trip and they didn't have any information about routes to take south to Bryce National Park, which is only 200 miles away. No gear, trike or touring geek out session with these guys. I don't think this has ever happened at a recumbent shop before. (I have had this reaction from traditional bike shops when the mechanics think recumbents are strange.) A few people in town commented how cool the trikes are as if they had never seen a trike before and, surprisingly, we didn't see anyone in Payson riding a trike. When I told people I bought my trike in Payson the response always sounded like the locals had no idea that Utah Trikes exists. Most importantly though, Myrtle and Larry were well taken care of and the guys did a great job fixing our trikes. We were very happy with the service we received and really enjoyed seeing the shop.
After 2 restful nights and the trikes got their upgrades, we pushed off from Payson. First, we had to stop, once again, at Utah Trikes to tighten up Maryann's side seat mount so her bag didn't sag. Dylan was happy to help. The day was overcast and windy but we had a tailwind so woohoo! As the day progressed the wind got windier and windier. We had some rollers riding on the Mona Hwy but the ride wasn't too taxing. The road was in good condition with views of cattle ranches and we had plenty of room. Our destination was Jones High Country RV park in Nephi which looked really nice online with all the amenities any camper could ask for. But, when we arrived, we were surprised to see the whole park was covered in gravel. The tent sites are $20. No one was in the office so we picked a site next to a grassy island moving a picnic table from another site. The wind was so strong it took both of us to set up each tent. Once we got the tents set up we used our bags to block the wind so we could cook up some lunch. It was like a colorful camp stove fort. The wind was so strong we took refuse in the tents for the afternoon. By dinner time the wind was still really strong so we went out for dinner to Lisa's Diner less than a block away. We stayed there until it was time to go to sleep instead of fighting the wind.
|Set up at Jones High Country RV park|
|Summit after leaving Nephi|
|Dusting of snow on the mountains|
|Photo from Phirun|
|Thanks Phirun for the photos|
This ride was a longer one for us and after 43 miles we arrived in Manti. It started to rain lightly just as we arrived at the Temple Hill RV Park in the shadow of a very large and impressive looking Mormon temple. Since our tents were already so wet from this morning's rain we asked if the RV park had any cabins and they did. They had one. The cabin hadn't been cleaned yet and they gave it to us for half price, nice! We weren't sure what we were getting ourselves into but the cabin seemed clean enough to us. It was very big too. There were 2 queen size bunk beds and another single queen with a microwave and refrigerator. We stretched our tent flies over the bunk beds to dry them out. I'm sure there will come a day when we will have to get into wet tents at the end of the day but we didn't have to do it today.
|Dreaded rumble strips|
Every day we have stopped at city parks to make lunch. We are carrying 3 stoves and have cooked up some delicious meals. At Gunnison, we stopped at a beautiful and lush green veteran's park for lunch. A young gal of maybe 5 years old, Sadie, was at the park with her grandmother. She ran over enthusiastically introducing herself and was very excited about the trikes. She was so cute and I happen to get the exchange with my helmet camera too.
Meet cute Sadie at the Gunnison city park
|Mormon Pioneer Trail Sign|
|Lambies on the hwy|
We left the Econolodge in very chilly conditions. It was probably in the 30's but warmed up quickly as the sun rose higher. We were able to get off the busier Hwy 89 and took the smaller Hwy 118 to Richfield. Once the temperature warmed up the day was fantastic. We pulled into Richfield stopping at another beautiful park to make lunch. I really like to cook and, luckily, Maryann enjoys my cooking style. Every day, we pick up some veggies to saute with rice or pasta. Today's lunch was especially inspired mixing banana squash, mushrooms, onions, garlic and spinach with angel hair pasta. It takes some time to stop and cook lunch but the meals have been yummy! So far, we have been eating really well and healthy on the road.
|Cooking lunch at a city park|
|Charlie, the alpaca from St. Croix, having a lay down.|
|One of the tubs|
After a nice relaxing rest day we will continue heading south to Bryce and Zion, hopefully, before the weather turns too cold. Yipes!! We are definitely pushing our luck but, so far, we feel very lucky to be riding in mostly beautiful and warm conditions.
Tour of Mystic Hot Springs and Mars Hotel
|Buses for rent at the Mystic Hot Springs|
|Having a sunset soak|
|Little bit of snow on the surrounding mountains.|
|Trikes parked outside the Mars Hotel|