Scottsdale, AZ to Mapleton, UT

Nothing earth-shatteringly profound in here like my last post, just the trip log.

6 July: Monday morning, departed Scottsdale and headed north on I-17. Just past Flagstaff, stopped near Sunset Canyon National Monument and biked the rest of the way to the volcano overlook.

I was there. Click the link to view the ride on Strava.

Continued to Page, AZ, stopped at Horseshoe Bend–amazing view!–continued on and spent Monday night at a campsite called Wahweap on Lake Powell.

7 July, Tuseaday: Woke up early, went to Wal-Mart for supplies. Ate breakfast with a German couple from Bavaria, Thomas and Lisa. We made dinner plans. Biked to Glen Canyon Dam for the tour. Bill from Arizona let me put my bag in his car during the tour because the dam people wouldn’t hold it for me.
At the Glen Canyon Dam.
8 July, Wednesday: drove through the Navajo Nation on AZ-98 to US-160 to US-191 North to Moab, UT. Saw two guys on bikes along 191 clearly on a long trip. I stopped and gave them granola bars, which they devoured, and told me about their trip. They are a father and son. The son, Hannes, is cycling from San Francisco to Memphis and his father is accompanying him for part of the trip. Hannes has a blog, mostly in German, click here for it.
Arrived in Moab, UT in time to secure a campsite and get on the bike again for dinner. Found a restaurant with a great view called Sunset Grill. I had to walk the single-speed up the hill. There is a dedicated bike path that runs from downtown Moab past my campsite to the parks in the area.
I love night rides. I didn’t go into the park until the next day. Click the picture for the Strava profile.
9 July, Thursday: Woke up early, drove to arches and did the Delicate Arch hike. Later in the morning, continuing to Mapleton, UT to visit the Prices today, planning to stay Thursday and Friday night with them.

2 thoughts on “Scottsdale, AZ to Mapleton, UT”

  1. Your blogue is inspiring. The backstory is unique. It reminds me of some of the great travel novels; not claiming anything absolute or novel but more, a relatable story the reader could imitate very simply. Sometimes happenstance made these simple travels quite historic but they were had by mortals none the less. Many of my fellow travel lovers have these stories ourselves, love reading those of others, but never bothered to share ours with the world. Thank you for giving us all something to read in between chapters of 7 Years in Tibet, Cache Lake Country, Tent Life in Siberia and the others.

    Have you thought of auctioning off your bike for charity after this trip? It could come with a thumb drive or print out of the daily trip blogue.

    Keep it up and Godspeed.


    Horace Winsten

    1. You misspelled “blog,” Horace, and your last name too I’m pretty sure, look into that. I wish you would take this seriously. I’ll be hanging on to my bike for now, but I’ll let you know if something changes.

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