Road Trip …….Day Six

We had planned a ride for today however with yesterday’s extreme weather we weren’t sure if it would happen. We woke up to clear skies at 30 degrees. That was good because it wasn’t snowing or raining. We waited around until 9am and by then it was 40’ish and we figured we’d go ahead and give it a go.

We are staying in Tropic, UT. It’s on Hwy 12 ….you know the scenic byway of Utah. We had to ride….right? We decided to ride to Kodachrome and back. It would be a 25’ish ride (was 28). We even drove it yesterday to see if it was going to have any killer hill surprises. We decided, in the car, it was fine going to be a mostly flat with some rollers. Jack says this is why you never get road advise from someone in a car.

Leaving Tropic. We have seen this plateau all the way from St George it seems. I found out it’s Powell Point one of many named after John Wesley Powel the geologist who explored the Southwest…..Grand Canyon, Utah and Arizona.

 

First stop was at the post office. We needed to mail post cards to the Grands.

 

While Jack was doing that I admired my own trim for the day! Girls gotta look good.
The first 4 miles turned out to be “a down hill run”. A constant 2-5%…while that was fun I just kept thinking about the return trip😳😳 Last four miles would be UP. Nice views though. No worries.
We didn’t notice this 14% grade in the car….What?!  I was actually moving up it so well..yes with zip when I looked at my Garmin and saw it hit 14% for a second I suddenly was gasping. Look at the background that’s the rim of Bryce Canyon. This was a stunning ride. I didn’t know Jack had taken this. Glad I made it.

 

Here he is taking my photo and me taking his. Gives you some perspective as to size. This was the top of the 14%.
We make it to the Park.
The park is full of wonderful formations. This was our view from lunch.
And this is in the far distance looking out of the park at lunch.
Look close and you will find Jack. We are now starting the ride back.

Most of the ride down seemed down and we did go from 6259ft to about 5300ft at lunch. We ended the day with 1318 elevation gain and most of that was on the return trip….and as luck would have it “into a head wind”. We had cross winds for awhile but soon they were …you guessed it. Head Winds.

Some roadside distractions. Beautiful irises.
A horse that wanted to play.
Yesterday businesses.
Final grand photo op.
Well there was one more.
One last cockpit photo. Our portable solar charger fits right on top of my bag. When I charge my phone it goes on top of that….if phone is in my pocket it..the charger is charging. Most..well all of my photos here are phone. It’s a Ravpower. We each have one. They work great and only $25. It’s just a tad bigger than my iPhone 7+

Well that’s all folks. Back to Seaside  tomorrow……all packed up and ready to go.

 

 

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.

13 response to "Road Trip …….Day Six"

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

    Your nails! Well played, gal. Another big laugh for us.

    What great photos as usual. We’ll be pumping you for stories one of these days.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: May 19, 2019

    Wow – what a trip to break in the bike. So glad you are loving it and how it rides! Good on you for getting up 14 percent with panniers and everything 🙂 I am so glad Nigel got to see this whole area when we road-tripped around America in 1999-2000. It is so spectacular. We were there way off-season though, but did stay in Tropic – we were the only people in the entire demountable motel!

    • By: Seasidejanet Posted: May 21, 2019

      Tropic is still small and Jack really liked the small town feeling. The motels have been updated a bit nothing to shabby. Have a great trip….look forward to seeing the salsa.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: May 19, 2019

    My ace support crew is very impressed with nail polish matching the Troll. I think for just a fleeting moment it made her think about getting a bike so she could do the same. 😉

  4. By: NancyG Posted: May 20, 2019

    Nice trip Janet. I rode that road to Kodachrome and it is a bit deceiving about the “rollers”. Nice new bike for a great trip, so glad you are liking it as much as you seem to.

  5. By: gregblood Posted: May 21, 2019

    After having been away for a week, I’m just catching up on my Cycle365 reading. I was pleased to see you had a great trip in a great state. However, out of all those great pictures, I was surprised to see that the nail polish picture got the most comments. Weird.

    Now, about that nail polish picture . . . the color match to the bike is perfect. Did you custom blend that, or is it a stock color?

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