Getting up before dawn is my curse, I suppose, and the 4th was more-of-the-same.
No breakfast available in town, so I hit the road just as the sun peeked over the horizon (and into my eyes!)
, rolling into Boulder an hour later after riding the top of a ridge for several unsettling miles. Sign said OPEN FOR BREAKFAST 400' RIGHT, so I turned. Gal served me a good meal, lots of coffee, then suggested I ride the Burr Trail for 20 miles.
"Where is it?" I asked.
"You've been on it for 400'." she replied. (Oops
Paid my bill and started on the Burr. (ALL the pictures before the 'ruins' are the Burr, including the slot canyon.) FANTASTIC!
Reds and ochers, yellows and browns everywhere, (and 12v in evidence in my liner...) and I waved as I rode past the restaurant then right to the Anasazi Museum.
Gassed up, then east again till Torrey where 24 became my choice to Hanksville, which then spit me onto 95 and south. You enter another area of red cliffs, then a sign points to parking for petroglyphs. If any of you remember Von Danican's (sp?) "Chariots of the Gods", he showed these and claimed they prove that extra-terrestrials had visited.... I don't think so, but it's too bad that some idiots with .22s used them for target practice.
After an hour there, it was south to the Glen Canyon part of Lake Powell, where the Dirty Devil River and Colorado River enter, then past Fry Canyon, turning right onto 261 to Mexican Hat. Interesting road - about 20 miles paved, then signs that no traffic over 40' allowed, as narrow DIRT 5 MPH switchbacks are just ahead. The MOKTDUGWAY SWITCHBACKS, if I read the small print right. Got there with only 1 bar on the gas gauge so I passed on Muley Point, checked my altimeter, headed down. At the first turn you can see down to where the LAST turn comes out, 1,000' below!
I decided against heroics and maintained traction down, soon arriving at the junction with 163, 3 miles to Mexican Hat (named for a rock formation that looks like a sombrero - in one of the pics). Got some gas, a motel room, then WD40'd the chain, out of my gear and into a cold beer... or is that "out-to" a cold beer...?
(to be continued...) ...and I JUST traded pictures so NONE should be sideways...