A religious day

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

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Flag of United States  , Utah
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Last night we asked where we could find a restaurant that didnt serve fast food. That caused some consternation - the nearest on was up that road about 1/2 mile, turn right and walk a few blocks. Well, we did and there was nothing (apart from a Show Girls place and a load of fast food, and some car dealers) So we backtracked, and eventually settled for a Crown Burger joint. Martin had some sort of Greek Kebab, whilst I had a rib eye sandwich. Filet beef and tender - great stuff. Even if we couldnt buy a beer to go with it.

This morning was the first for a long time that we didnt drive. Spoke with the guys at Tire City and discussed what was going on, and then we caught the Trax into central Salt Lake City. Where does one go? Temple Square, obviously. Spent quite a bit of time looking at the displays in the Visitor Centre, and then went to see the Tabernacle, which is an auditorium where the Mormon Choir sing. Then on to the Conference Centre, where we had a tour, which took us through all the rooms (well, the ones open to the public, that is) and then onto the roof. There are some impressive displays, together with many paintings, mainly religious in nature, displayin the concepts behind their beliefs. The Conference room itself seats 21000 peoplle, and is without any pillars, so you never get stuck unable to see. The view from the top seats is clear, although from far away, so they do have TV screens available (30ft by 20ft I think he said.) The distance between the back seats and the stage was the length of a football field. On the roof, they have created a garden type setting, with trees and fountains, so it doesnt look likee most buildings do, with the air con etc on view to surrounding buildings.
After that we went to the Church Office Building, where visditors are allowed up to the 20 something floor (priority lift, doesnt stop anywhere else, although you have to wait a while for it). The view from the top is great, really impressive. You can see the conference centre garden clearly, they have set it out so different parts represent the different types of landscape existing in Utah. The water in the roof fountains is also used for the waterfall that runs down the side of the main building.
After that we had lunch and then went to try our hand at tracing my ancestors through their FamilySearch programs. However, as I couldnt remember much details, I wasnt able to find anyone. Not even myself, but then I was told I wouldnt be on it - I haven't been dead long enough!
Then off to see the Catholic Cathedral up the road. Yes, there arre non-Mormons in SLC!
Caught the Trax back to the hotel, and then Tire City arranged for us to be picked up and taken back to Stanley - its about a mile away. Hopefully all is now well, they gave us a guarantee that if the trouble re-occurs they will collect us from anywhere and sort it for us!

Sorted the tools, drove back to the Hotel, and now about to go for dinner again. Hopefully a cheap one!

We were recommended to go to Pats Place as being the best BBQ joint in town. Catch the Trax one stop, turn right and go along that road. You guessed it! We did as we were told and walked for ages. Asked a load of people - never  heard of it. Eventually gave up, headed into a Chinese restaurant. Loads of Chinese people in there - you know what they say, if the local Chinese eat there it must be good. Well, as we walked in and sat down, they all got up and left! aNYWAY, an acceptable meal, but I guess it was Chinese as the Chinese eat it, whereas we are used to a Westernised Chinese. Then caught the Trax back to the hotel, but we got on the green line, not the Blue line, so we had to backtrack again and catch the real line we needed.
Oh well, early start tomorrow, need to get some miles up to maake up for today.

Martin's Mormon moment:
The TRAX  system is brilliant - a tram rail which we were able to catch locally and get in to downtown SLC.The carriages carried a range of signs outlining what was not allowed-skateboards etc. You had to wear shoes and a shirt but apparently you could go without your pants. The Mormon experience was an influencing one.An overwhelming feeling of efficiency,cleanliness and bright-eyed-bushy-tailism.Everything seemed reassuringly affirming and although the Resurrection gets a mention,there was no indication of the little unpleasantness preceding it.
We visited various places on Roger's search for his roots.On the way to one area we popped in to a restroom (toilet) and I'm convinced there was somebody trying to skin a live buffalo in one of the cubicles.
Popped in to the Catholic Church for some reinforcing images of agony and despair.
During the day we picked up a blog entry from David Banner - the gent we met on the bus in Zion.He had read of our problems with the bearing and had offered to help if needed.Gave him a quick call.What a kind act.
Back to Tire City to collect Stanley.Bob had set out early this a.m. to obtain a replacement bearing but unable to obtain one has used a combination of bearing adhesive,shimming,freezing and heavy pressure to put the original back in place.I have my English agents standing by should all fail and I need to fly out a replacement hub but at this point we will hit the road and trust the repair.
Hello to Steven Wagoner in NY who has made contact and has kindly offered to be a contact point should we require it as we approaach the East.To Stefanie at Tire City - our apologies for mis-spelling her name and to Keith (Some time English resident at Lakenheath) for missing off our list of culprits yesterday.Off to get Roger his daily intake of meat. 
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sara on

glad that Stanley's soldiering on,
there must be a lovely non chain restaurant somewhere! without a 2 mile approach!

Fiona on

So you think we're related to Mormons or to people from SLC? I'm confused!

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