Road Trip……Day Three, Four and Five

Day thee was a combination road trip and bike trip. We drove from St George to Springdale at the mouth of Zion National Park. Once there we were going to follow Bill’s suggestion of riding up to bus stop #9 and back. The challenge for today was going to be ‘wind’ and just how much there would be.

First we need to get everyone out of the car. One of Jack’s concerns was how to load Surly Girl with her, how shall we say nicely “wide handle bars”. Turns out that wasn’t an issue because she’s way to tall…what? We had to take her front wheel off and everything was fine.

Bill asked for some photos of her handle bar set up….she comes with a Surly Moloko handlebar. Here are a couple of photos.

It’s similar to a Jones Bar but not quite as wide. Tires are Surly Extra Terrestrial 26×2.5. The way the tread is set they run smooth in the middle and catch the road on the side. No drag. Well road bike warriors would not agree I’m sure.

 

I added a Surly bar bag and I found another bar bag at REI to carry my camera in …can’t remember the brand at this minute and it’s locked in the car.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoy riding this bike!! I was concerned with the tires being so big but she doesn’t feel draggy to me at all. If anything she has a punch I think it’s the way she is geared…just fun and the sitting position and handle bars seem to be very similar to the feel I had with Uptown. No arm pain so far. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Well let’s get her rolling…my mirror reflection looks like a pipe. Really I’m not smoking…..just smoking hot! HaHa My front rack from Bessie fits but need to find a rack for the back. Lunch and the huge tubes for these tires is about all I’m packing. I kind of like the front bags only…maybe no back rack until an actual tour. Just putting that out there……

 

Zion here we come…going to be a beautiful ride.

 

Jack is soaking it up. His first ever visit here and it’s been over 40yrs for me.
It’s not a fast ride because you must stop and place one foot on the ground whenever these busses go by. And they come by about every 10-15 minutes…gives you time to get the camera out.
It just gets better and better. Jacks neck was hurting from looking up so much.
We had lunch by the river at stop #9.
She’ll be coming around the mountain…….I was glad to get to here. The wind on the way down was about 25-30 mph with gusts of more. One place a tree branch was blown off a tree and flew across the road in front of us…bout blew me off my bike😳😳
This was in Zion…Day four we drove to Bryce Canyon. We are staying in Tropic,UT.

 

Today it snowed in Bryce. It’s supposed to be nice tomorrow and we have a ride planned so let’s hope so!!

 

The bikes were warm and dry inside.
We’re having a great time. This was yesterday in the wind. In fact it was so windy we didn’t go down the trail for fear of being blown off.

‘See you tomorrow night…..then home on Sunday.

 

 

 

Janet here of Jack and Janet in Seaside, CA. We just love to ride our bikes and share and read stories from other such afflicted souls.

14 response to "Road Trip……Day Three, Four and Five"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: May 17, 2019

    Love your bike and what a sensational ride! Feeling a bit envious. Great pictures, too.

      • By: Suzanne Posted: May 18, 2019

        I’ve been to Zion in the spring, no bike but snow too. Beautiful. Mostly envious of your bike and fitness.

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: May 18, 2019

    I was in Zion in 1986, alas not on a bike, a beautiful place, thanks for bringing back great memories.

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: May 18, 2019

      While reading all the way through your journal I found the link to my “Door” journal…..sadly when I clicked on the link all I got was the error msg. Think I was secretly hoping it was still there but see I’ve been completely wiped away.

      • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: May 19, 2019

        I hope you downloaded it first, precious memories.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: May 18, 2019

    Great places! Great weather! Great bikes! Great riders! Great rides! Great photos!

    Thanks for pix of cockpit with Moloko bars. I almost got those on the Ogre. I can see how the Moloko bars are really advantageous for hanging bags on the front. Now I’m envious and must figure out how I can mount a camera bag so I no longer need to twist around to get camera out of trunk bag.

    Your assessment of Troll matches my assessment of Ogre. Despite being big and heavy with huge wheels and tires (I joke with my carbon fiber fast roadie friend that one of my wheels is heavier than his entire bike), it actually feels quite zippy, and the tire tread is not bad at all for rolling on pavement.

    So when is Jack going to get himself a fancy new Surly?

    Glad you guys had a safe and enjoyable trip.

    PS: I really like the photo of you on the Troll.

  4. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: May 18, 2019

    Super nice new bicycle! Glad it working out so well for you.
    Excellent trip, and photos — between Bill’s, Karen Cook’s, and now your photos — I wanna go to Zion!
    I still have to chuckle at Ebenezer Bryce saying Bryce Canyon was a “helluva place to find a lost cow”.

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: May 18, 2019

      They referenced that quote in the short move we watched at the lodge….”Shadows of Time”. I always enjoy those educational videos and it got us out of the snow.

  5. By: Kathleen Jones Posted: May 18, 2019

    Yaaassss smokin’ hot! bj and I got a good chuckle out of that. What a great trip you’re having and I’d have to say the bike is almost as hot as you.

  6. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: May 18, 2019

    Well, you are certainly bonding with the bike OK. Glad it is working so well and taking you to such wonderful places. I love that brown scenery!!

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