Wednesday, April 1, 2015

THE LITTLE TOWN OF SPRINGDALE

This morning finds me (reasonably) rested after yesterday’s long and challenging driving day.  And I’m in no hurry to move !  I’m quite comfortable here at Wally’s in Bellingham and I ‘specks it will be another couple of hours before I get motivated to get behind the wheel.

“Springdale is a town in Washington County, Utah, United States. The population was 529 at the 2010 census - 548 (2013). It is located immediately outside the boundaries of Zion National Park, and is oriented around the resulting tourist industry. It was originally settled as a Mormon farming community in 1862. Springdale was named one of the 20 'prettiest towns' in the United States by Forbes Traveler in 2008.”

Just the ride alone from Hurricane, UT to Springdale, UT – a mere 22 Miles – is gorgeous and provides lots of twists and curves motorcycle riders so love. We rode there many times during our stay.

And the little town of Springdale is very, very pretty.  Well what town wouldn’t be with the mountains of Zion as its backdrop !

There are numerous shuttle bus’s that go through town (free) whereby you can get off/on at any point you want and as many times as you want.  This sure reduces the traffic in this tiny Town.  It even takes you to the Park’s entrance whereby you can take a bus tour through the Park.

And there sure is no shortage of restaurants/cafĂ©’s and unique gift shops everywhere.

This bus through Zion goes to different places that is closed to regular traffic.  We took that the day after our ride.  The ride through Zion is awesome no doubt but as the rider I could barely get glimpses of the outstanding views.  By taking the bus tour I got to see lots more.

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Hiking and rock climbing is very popular and we saw lots of both. 

I saw this display while entering the park the day we took the bus tour.

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It’s a collection of locks !

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Some ‘art’ displayed (for sale of course) in front of the many little shops.

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Another restaurant we stopped in for drinks.

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Joe,  Don’t light the dynamite stick !!

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And I’m still not finished with Zion.  Next up is our ride to Kolob Reservoir.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

RIDING ZION–PART TWO

Today leaves me with only 40 Miles to go to reach my first destination in British Columbia, Canada.  And boy am I sure glad of that.  I’m exhausted and am sooooo OVER having to get up everyday and drive the Interstates.

Today was a particularly tiring day as it started out bright and sunny but then I got into some high winds making driving very difficult.  After I got through that, I ran into rain and fog for miles and miles making the visibility very poor.

Tomorrow I cross the Border back into Canada.  **GASP**  **GULP** – will they let me back in !!??

But that is NOW so let’s go back to THEN shall we.

First order of business was to call the Boondockers Police and admit to my CRIME of actually PAYING to dry camp.  I begged and pleaded with them not to take away my Boondockers license and promised NEVER to do it again !!  They agreed to let me of this time.  LOL

The first day riding to the Park I saw three motorcycle riders on the other side of the road and they appeared to be trying to flag us down.  Now I’m going to take full credit here because Joe kept on going – although later he said he was starting to turn around – big fat liar that he is.

They wanted to give us their pass into the Park.  You see the fee is $25.00 per vehicle and I was NOT HAPPY about having to pay that.  Turns out it is $12.00 per person on a motorcycle.  This was March 18th and the pass was good until March 23rd for as many times as you wanted to visit there and was for THREE motorcycle riders – yup that’s us !!

So we had a ton of enjoyment for FREE – and we all know how much I like FREE.

As you enter the little town of Springdale (which you have to go through to get to the Park) they even have the pavement tinged a different colour to reflect the redness in the surrounding rock.

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The first day we rode the switchbacks through Zion National Park and those were the Videos I showed yesterday.  Yes, a Go-Pro Camera sure would be nice to have on those occasions.

They stopped traffic for quite awhile but finally scurried away which one of my videos of yesterday’s post caught.

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Tara takes a video of me riding behind them….

And another short video Tara took:

There are just so many different colours and textures in the rocks.

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Taking a short break….

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It was such a great ride all the way up to the end of the Park and an even better ride coming down.