Monday, September 9, 2013

Round Trip to Salt Lake City

US 163
September 8, 2013:  On the way home I swung through Monument Valley.  It's always a treat for me.  Every time I ride south on US 163 I am reminded of that Harley-Davidson poster with the same view.  Its caption was, "Somewhere, high above, a man is opening a small bag of peanuts."  I am so fortunate to unemployed on a fixed income! 

I road into the Navaho Nation park and reserve to check out the expansion to the visitor center.  The View Hotel is a fabulous place.  Unique in all the world, cause there's only one Monument Valley, of course.  The architecture of the hotel looks very much like the remote bad guy hideout in the "007" movie Quantum of Solace. 

I spent the night in Moriarty NM on the east side of Albuquerque.  The next day down though Roswell then southeast to the Hill Country and home. 

September 6, 2013:  Riding through eastern Utah is a spectacular.  The sandstone formations and unique geology is truly awesomeIf you haven't been to the Arches National Park I highly recommend it.

The weather was somewhat overcast but the temperatures were very pleasant.  Had a few sprinkles and some showers.  But here in the high desert any moisture quickly dries up.  

US 6 from Price to Provo UT is also very scenic. UT is famous for it mining of natural resources.  This area famous for it's dinosaur deposits, large scale mining and railroad attractions. 

September 5, 2013:  Departed home near Wimberley for a ride to Salt Lake City, UT, to visit my daughter on her birthday.  Spent the night just north of Albuquerque, NM at the turn off to US 550.  I had been this way many times over the years but it's always interesting riding through the Four Corners area.