Days Inn Capitol Reef
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... Highway 12 where Bryce Canyon is located. We were stuck at a flagman stop for about 30 minutes before we could finally get back under way. Not too bad , we thought until we saw the next sign for the flagman less than 10 miles away. Same drill, 30 minute delay at the flagman stop while they sealed another section of road. So it's now past 11:00 and we aren't even at UT-12 yet.
Scenic Highway 12 or UT-12 is a wonderful stretch of road ...
... br> Our first full day there we went into Capitol Reef NP. We
drove the scenic drive down to the end where we hiked Capitol Gorge. This trail
was the original entrance into Capitol Reef.
We passed some petroglyphs (yes I took pictures), saw what they call the
Pioneer Registry which today we would call graffiti. The Pioneer Registry is
where people passing thru scratched their name and date of travel thru this
gorge (see graffiti). ...
... the way. There were awesome panoramic views. Rolling hills spanning for miles on end. The cloud patterns were unusual and fascinating at times. We even stopped for a while to look for smooth rocks to take back with us to Colorado. Lee had an idea about painting them and saving it as a momento of our first bike tour. Before heading to the hotel, we stopped at a gas station and found our Frazil slushies that we had been looking ...
... so after the drive we decided to do some hiking in the park up to some natural water tanks.
The hike wasn't too strenuous but once we got out the shade of the canyon it soon got pretty hot which made it seem harder than it probably was. The steep walk ended at the water tanks which were a bit disappointing as they basically looked like large puddles just at the top of a canyon. Worse still the puddles looked a dubious pee-green so we definitely decided ...
... one of the many curves in the road, I was met by a herd of cows. I just hoped they were not planning on leisurely crossing the road. My jubilant "hello" sent them scrambling into the surrounding bushes. A little calf got stuck in the animal-crossing grid! It struggled for quite some time to free itself. I probably should not have said anything in the first place… Those grids are the bane of my cycling existence! I am certain those animals had no positive feelings towards ...