Dad Steps Up His Game

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Jul 26, 2011

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

We had our first real rain today... in the middle of the desert. It didn't last long, but it threatened all day. We could see storms in one direction and blue skies in another. Today's ride was fast, and dad was pushing it. I had trouble staying with him most of the day. Seriously. He really stepped up his game out of nowhere, pulling us through a metric century at over 20 mph. He's definitely getting stronger as the days go on. 

The road from Price to Green River runs across the desert floor, but off in the distance on all sides are high canyon walls. It was a classic western environment. We've edged our way as close as we're going to get to Moab, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands which is somewhat unfortunate because I would love to take a few days off and visit those areas again. I'm not too far from where that guy cut his arm off with a swiss army knife after he got trapped in a canyon.  The woman in the visitor center actually showed me on a map where it happened. I wonder if there's a monument to stupidity or something out there... I'd like to hike up and find out. 
There's not a lot to do in Green River. We were supposed to go white water rafting this afternoon... but the Green River is really flooded. We rode over the river and the water was almost up to the bridge. It turns out if you're not rafting in Green RIver, there is little else to do. We got in so early (before noon) that we decided to have lunch at a biker bar called Ray's Tavern, an interesting place. There were three distinct groups of people eating in the tavern while I was having lunch (a monster delicious hamburger). The first was my hi-vis spandex clad crew that looked like they belonged more in an 80's gym than a Utah biker bar. The second group, of course, was bikers complete with chaps, Harley Davidson shirts, and lots of leather. The third group was rained out adventure junkies burrowing in their plaid and Patagonia waiting out the rain or the flood or who knows what else.

We're headed to Colorado tomorrow. I'm excited. Utah has been and still is my favorite state, but Colorado will have a nice opportunity to retake that title it lost in the 10th grade.

Distance: 65.72 mi - 1,068.27 total
Time: 3:14:37 - 75:00:29 total
Elevation Gain: 1,238 ft - 42,898 total
Av. Speed: 20.3 mph - 14.2 mph
Av. HR: 126 bpm - 129 overall
Calories: 3,911 - 74,772 total

Flat Tire Count:
Scott: 2
Stephen: 2
Mark: 0
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Professor Lee on

Keep at it Stephen. I'm enjoying the trip so far (vicariously).

Linda Huling on

Hey, Stephen, I'm curious...what happened in 10th grade? (Colorado?)
Love your your photos...great to see photos of the scenery and Scot and the occasional one of Mark about some pics of you? :-) :-)
I love that you said your dad was getting stronger as the days go on...woo hoo, Mark!!! What an accomplishment for all three of you...I just can't imagine how difficult that would be...exciting...challenging...but hard work every day.

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