No photos today as my tablet is not cooperating, and this will be brief as we are about to catch the free shuttle to Bryce Canyon.
Having bumped into Jeff and Gabriela in Grand Teton NP, I amended the proposed route to Bryce Canyon to come on Scenic Byway 12 via Escalante. There was a long stretch of highway where the speed limit was 80mph. Nice to be legal :-)
The scenery as we travelled out of Orem (what a clean and tidy city) the scenery was already impressive - and then it only improved. The shapes of the mountains, the colours of the rocks, striations and crevices that tested one's imagination. A road over 9,000 feet high where the ground fell away by thousand of feet on either side - with no safety barriers! And then the road plunged through the most scenic passes, at one stage we descended 3,000 feet.
Prior to that, coming into the hamlet of Loa, the bike had a sever wobble in a corner, and we landed up over the centre line. Fortunately the oncoming car was too far away to be really concerning, but you will understand that I was hugely concerned anyway. I originally thought I had hit oil, but later on worked out (empirically) that the bitumen used to fill the cracks was melting in the heat and giving as we went over in a lean. I stiffened the suspension ( a wonderful feature of the BMW bike) and it was not a problem thereafter.
We are here for two nights and so are fully unpacked and have done some laundry. Tomorrow we have a BIG day ahead of us, as there is no accommodation available between here and Cortez, Colorado, where we will be visiting Mesa Verde. Page Arizona is in the middle of the desert. It is summer and %$#@! hot! Why do so many people want to sleep there? Or are they all in transit, like us? Hopefully we can stop in Page and take a flight over the Grand Canyon. Watch this space!
Duncan learned to ride a motorcycle at the age of twelve on a 50cc Honda belonging to his older brother, Ronald. The arrangement was a short ride in return for cleaning it. He has graduated over the years owning and riding many different bikes, but he has never ridden a Harley Davidson.