It is hot as Hades in Utah at the moment so it was time for Jan to move on and get a little cooler air as he rode through Cedar Breaks National Monument at over 10,000 feet.
‘HI ALL. GOT UP VERY EARLY AND DEPARTED KANAB BY AROUND 0830.
I WENT BACK UP HW89, AS FAR AS LONG VALLEY WHERE I TURNED OFF ON HW14 AND WENT THROUGH CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT WHICH IS A MINIATURE VERSION OF BRYCE & ZION CANYONS. ‘
It is a lovely, cooling ride uphill for 60 miles until the peak is reached, passing Navajo Lake on the way.
Yes, this is the place where eagles fly
‘Spectacular Geology, Forests, and Meadows at 10,000 Feet. Cedar Breaks is one of America’s most special parks: there’s a view down into a half-mile deep geologic amphitheater. At the top, you can wander among timeless bristlecone pines, stand in lush meadows of wildflowers, ponder crystal-clear night skies and experience the richness of the sub-alpine forest.
‘People have been visiting the Cedar Breaks area for at least 9,000 years. Seasonal campsites left by Desert Archaic people indicate that they came to hunt and to collect chert on the lower slopes of Brian Head Peak. Chert can easily be fashioned into arrowheads and other tools; archeological evidence suggests that the Desert Archaic people collected it primarily for use as a trade item. Since that time, visitors to the area have enjoyed its resources in a variety of ways’.
‘European Americans had settled below Brian Head Peak by 1868. Because most of the settlers were of Irish descent, the area became known as “ Little Ireland. ” Like the Desert Archaic people before them, their habitation of the high plateau was seasonal: most families owned small herds of dairy cattle which they moved up to the mountains for summer pasture’.
Let the photos speak for the view;
AT THE TOP END, YOU HAVE THE ADOBE WALLS OF FORT DESERET ALTHOUGH NOTHING OF THE INTERIOR REMAINS, JUST THE OUTER WALLS.’
DAY’S RUN 417 miles. TAKE CARE OUT THERE.
Note: When doing my daily check of the bike, I discovered that the seal for the final drive is leaking oil all over the rear wheel! More on that tomorrow