We got an early start this morning, seems we can't sleep in past 6 am. Last night we stayed at a small motel in Green River, the Robber's Roost Motel. It was basic, clean, and very comfortable and I can't say as much for the town.
Today was the big day, Utah scenic Hwy 12 ( see the About page). This was THE main reason for coming to Utah.
We headed west on I-70 for a few miles then south on Utah state route 24 towards Hwy 12 in Torrey. 24 runs just east of and along the San Rafael reef. For 45 miles it is thru barren desert and this road has few travelers.
In the distance we wondered what the orange haze was on the horizon. We soon found out, with the strong wind, a dust storm! Not a fun experience on a bike.
Hwy 24 takes a turn to the west at Hanksville, after you cross the Dirty Devil river (which has no water). Hanksville is small and looks to be half ghost town.
Hwy 24 connects with the Fremont river a few miles outside of Hanksville. It winds thru canyons as it follows the river, a twisting-turning ride.
A few miles further, you enter the Capitol Reef National Park.
Here is a panorama view in Capitol Reef National Park
After Capitol Reef, we headed further west over Boulder Mountain to Torrey. We ate a delightful lunch at Burr Trail Grill in Boulder, they have the best homemade pies!
We hooked up with Hwy 12 and then off to the the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, which is a large area which I call 'canyon lands'. A bunch more twisties.
Here are some videos of what we were experiencing.
Finally we ended up the day in Tropic, Utah and stayed the night at Bryce Canyon Inn. So far, this has been the nicest hotel/motel we have stayed at.