Today could best be described as canyon day. It started off with Cedar Canyon in Utah. This is a small narrow canyon that had beautiful steep walls and twisting roads. More fun than a barrel of monkeys on a motorcycle.
After that I rode through the Dixie National Forrest. This Forrest is covered with lava flows. Some of these flows are made up of razor-sharp rocks, others look like what you think it should. Information in the park said these flows are less than 1,000 years old.
Next was Glenn Canyon, you ride through parts of the canyon until it turns into Lake Powell. Just a few miles more and you are at the dam and a bridge you can walk across to take pictures. There is also a great visitor center at the dam.
The scenery today was just spectacular! There is no way my little camera could take a picture that can convey the feeling you have when you see it. I was so glad I was on a motorcycle so I could see and smell the area.
My big surprise for the day was the final park today. I was expecting to see the Grand Canyon tomorrow so imagine my surprise as I was riding toward Flagstaff and here was a sign saying ‘Welcome to the Grand Canyon’ and a park ranger asking me for $25.
I spent the afternoon at the canyon and rode along the south rim stopping at every overlook.
As I’m not rich enough to rent a helicopter, or cruel enough to make a donkey carry my fat ass to the bottom so I’ll be going on to Las Vegas tomorrow.
Today was a fun day for my bad language skills. At one rest stop I conversed with a Mexican work crew overlooking a lake. We talked about motorcycles and riding and about their part of Mexico. It has been fun to speak Spanish to people since I have been in the west.
The other fun part of the language thing was a group of Swiss riders doing the Route 66 ride. I think they were having fun with my bad German, but were kind enough not to tell me how bad it is. There were a lot of German tourists at the Grand Canyon. I had a ball taking pictures for them and talking to them.
Here are a few pictures of my special day.

You know you're having fun when the GPS looks like this.

You know you’re having fun when the GPS looks like this.

Nice lake.

Nice lake.

Lava flow.

Lava flow.

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Small sign on a back road.

Small sign on a back road. #13

The back of Lake Powell

The back of Lake Powell

Glenn Canyon dam.

Glenn Canyon dam.

Bridge over the Colorado River.

Bridge over the Colorado River.

Colorado River.

Colorado River.

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Swiss bikers.

Swiss bikers.

 

My first view of the canyon.

My first view of the canyon.

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Mule deer.

Mule deer.

Mt. Eldon 9,300 ft. I can't get away from snow. ;-)

Mt. Eldon 9,300 ft. I can’t get away from snow. 😉

Look at the flag. The wind must be 50mph.

Look at the flag. The wind must be 50mph.