Out of the mountains

Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Quick breakfast as we had collected it from reception last night, so we had it in the room, as the sun was coming up. The journey today involved quite a bit of mountains, which were great, but after the stuinning scenery of the last few days, they were really just mountains. Amazing how you can get used to the extreme!
Drove up along the 118, then the 89, then the 28 as the scenery is much better than going along the  freeway.
Stopped off trying to find a particular mountain to look at, and the sat nav put us into an area where there were a group of guys who were going to sort out the trees in the area. They were a bit surprised by us, and asked loads of questions. They were very pleasant and asisted us in finding our way. Memories of the film Deliverance were unfounded!
They sent us along the road we had been on, about another mile to The Big Rock Candy Mountain! Yes, it really does exist. For those who are too young to remember:
Oh the buzzin’ of the bees

In the cigarette trees
Near the soda water fountain
At the lemonade springs
Where the bluebird sings
On the big rock candy mountain

Martin wanted to check the water in the radiator as the weather forecast is for freezing nights, so we pulled into Mike's Auto Shop, where we met Mike and William. They very kindly tested the water for us and pronounced it safe down to -12F. If it gets that cold we have serious troubles. After we had a coffee (seniors Coffee, much cheaper than a regular) we then decided to try and get the web address of the blog put on the doors. Many people look at the car when we arent there, and may want to follow up. We got directed to Sign Central where LaJeane very kindly prepared the artwork and cut the adhesive letters and even applied it to Stanley's doors for us.
We have met so many people who have been very nice and helpful to us, this is a great country with great people.

Went on to Redmond, where Martin, for some inexplicable reason wanted to stop off at the town entrance. Something about his roots, but I didnt understand?!

Continued on our way, stopping off on the side of the road at Levan where we were greeted on the side of the road by Neil, who was returning home with a Mini engine bored out to 1400cc on the back of his truck. We had noticed his house as we drove through Levan, with 2 Minis and an MG outside. He informed us that Levan is the centre of the world, so they called it navel backwards!

Anyway we are now in Provo, settled in early for a change, so we got to explore the town a bit on foot. Huge Football Stadium, pity theres no game on tonight, we would both have loved to go and watch a game. Its a university town, and we are just on the edge of the campus. Loads of facilities here, including an athletics track that is better than the Bedford International track.

Not a lot of places near by where we can eat. Went across to the Marriott Hotel and ate there, very good meal, and we were allowed to have a beer!!! Not that we are dependant on alcohol, but after milk with yesterday's meal, ... Very well served by Andrew and Daniel. Turns out they are both Mormons, not that we know a lot about that Faith. Apparently the law has only just been changed to allow the sale of alcohol on a Sunday in Utah. Even now supermarkets are not allowed to sell wine, only beer.
Wine here is expensive - $28 a bottle  minimum we have seen in a restaurant. They make it in California! After Spain, thats a ridiculous price!!!

Mileage 214.

Its a delight to drive through what I think are Mid -West towns.The houses and shops are mainly single storey,many clapboard and just as likely to have a horse in the yard as a pick-up truck. I thought today's scenery was fabulous - we have been lucky to have arrived in the autumn (I know-fall) but be blessed with fine weather.Roads are great and nothing seems a stress.Its the feeling of security that worries me - I'm not used to it. So how many garages could you pull in to and get a check done on your coolant mix? Absolutely the business.William reckoned (and I looked through the device - must be caled a spectro - something or other) we were OK to -15 and Roger reckons that there is going to be 25 degrees of frost one night this week.Provided one is in Centigrade and the other in Frankenstein we'll be OK but if we have them the wrong way round it could be goodnight Vienna.So round the corner from Mike's shop was a printing company.I asked pleasant man sat below stuffed head of largest stag I've ever seen come through a wall where I could get a vinyl graphic done.No problem,check the directory and off to LaJeane's (lovely lady's first name.Couldn't be more helpful.
While we were talking to Neil an enormous coal truck (Levan is in middle of coal country) came roaring by - missing a complete tyre from one rim but either oblivious of this or on piece work and did not want to stop.
We have come through big deer hunting country and were passed by any number of trucks returning with quad bikes on the back.Presumably for tracking game.Roadside stopping points require hunters to declare their haul.
So here in Provo its the home of Brigham Young University.B.Y. being founder of Mormon movement.Plenty of space,well maintained building and very fresh faced youngsters running around.Seemingly extremely affluent. Again everyone seems extremely civil and drivers have all the time in the world.The entry in to Provo was a bit hairy on the roads and I'm not looking forward to Salt Lake City.Our very British hand signals seem to befuddle people.
We've done over 1600 miles and more or less on schedule for the approx. 4000 planned and are sort of homing in for Chicago the weekend after next. Worked petrol consumption out at about 17 mpg  (UK galls) so we're on a par with previous trip.
Off to Bonneville Salt Flats tomorrow.May be a futile diversion but I would just like to get a feel for the place.Do we still hold world record? Next  year's planned attempt on 1000mph is apparently in South Africa.Now there's a thought....

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Fiona on

Can't believe you had dinner with Mormons, thats so kewl.

Dave Palmer on

Good to know your both having a more relaxed time than the last half of the previous trip. Now I don't wish to ring any alarm bells, but Stanly appears to be a bit low at the rear end. Take a quick look, and please tell me I'm wrong!

Polly on

Mr Walsh says hi

CharNAlien on

Awesome photos over the last few days. Looking forward to seeing photos of the salt flats we are racing out there Speed Week August 2012.

sara on

what are you racing char?

daniel on

good work, uncle derek will be proud. perhaps you could double or quits on a trip to martin, south dakota. on the day between mt rushmore and kennebec, its just right of wonded knee

daniel on

or wounded knee, if you prefer

Mary R on

Bagsy the lumberjack on the left!! I had no idea the Big Rock Candy Mountain really existed! I fear it could be my spiritual home...Any sign of the Osmonds, asks Josh? Also can you bring home the car seat from Burger King please?

Alison on

Was that song a big hit by the never forgetable Burl Ives? He had a very distinctive voice , correct me if i`m wrong martin.The firework season has kicked in,what with Ramadam and guy fawkes things are popping and banging day and night.Glad you are having such an exciting time.

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