Cowboy Town To Grand Staircase Escalante

Hi there, I have just had a 4 day rest in the favourite town of Christine and mine, Kanab, Utah where the waitresses in the diner hang up their holsters when coming on duty 😉

P1040609 P1040615 P1040617 P1040628 P1040632 P1040650I already mentioned that this is also known as ‘Little Hollywood’ and was the crew the base for many of the most famous westerns.

Well it continues to draw film crews. I had a beer with a Brit from a film crew who were there to film Bear Grylls. True to his SAS and expert survivor credentials, Bear was off in the hot and remote Utah desert – whilst his crew were camping out in a motel in town.

The motel was filled – with bikers and the little Breva looked, well, little.P1040652

P1040653 P1040654As you look at the photos that follow, you will get an idea of just how remote this area, Grand Staircase Escalante is. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a vast landscape, one-hundred by two-hundred miles, almost two million acres of plateaus, mesas, buttes, slot canyons – all in a primitive setting and named with descriptions that reflect the difficulties of the terrain, like Death Hollow and Hell’s Backbone Road; it is governed by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management). For more information on this fantastic area of geological interest, take a look here

P1040658 P1040659 P1040661 P1040667 P1040668 P1040670 P1040671 P1040679 P1040681 P1040683 P1040684Apart from the fantastic scenery, I did have a couple of encounters with heifers jumping into the road, then stopping for a good look around.

In one  a small town, I had to change lanes because of a couple of cows, walking towards me, in my lane. And on 2 separate occasions, I had to beep the horn at deer, about to cross the road. I also had issues with the strange tar stuff, that they use to  repair cracks in the road, on hot days, it gets soft, and as you cross it, it’s as if your rear end  is sliding away from you. Very disconcerting, I spoke to a couple of guys on Harleys, wondering if  the wider tires  made any difference, but no, they said it was the same for them.
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It’s strange how these cinder balls are always on top
P1040756 P1040757 P1040758 P1040767 P1040768 P1040769 P1040770 P1040773 P1040774It was only 178 miles to my next destination, Torry (our other favourite town). Stopping to take photos meant it was early evening before I got to Torrey. I filled up at the gas station bought a coffee and phoned Christine to let her know I was here. Next job was to find a motel. There are lots here to choose from, but, because the town is on the edge of Capital Reef National Park, they can be a little expensive. So I made my way to the furthest edge of town and booked two nights in the Boulder View Motel where he have stayed on previous visits. $68 is not bad for such a popular town.P1040779
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The old kiva is still here Christine….P1040782
I unpacked the notebook to Skype Christine so she could get to bed. Then I set out for some vittles and a beer  and came across a new bar/restaurant that had not been here three years ago, the last time the two of us were in town (last time here, I had rattlesnake patties). Looked promising and had a good steak menu so in I went; I didn’t really expect to end up being entertained by a country and western band.P1040802
P1040784OK, it was a bit dark – but you get the picture
P1040786 P1040790 P1040795 P1040797Above – an actual gun holster of Roy Rogers
below: (Christine here – hey, I didn’t take the photo!)P1040799 P1040808
Here for two days and then it is time to turn around and head back east. I’m heading back to Evanston for about four days as I have decided to order a Macbook Air – sick of this problem with Windows and Zorin. The motel in Evanston is clean, cheap and has great wifi . Also, July 4th and Independence Day is close – so I am booked in until at least then. There have been 4ths of July where Christine and I had a problem finding accommodation so I am making doubly sure this year.
Ride safe

 

 

3 Replies to “Cowboy Town To Grand Staircase Escalante”

  1. Nice post. I have a couple of questions about your Breva. I have the same MG and was wondering:
    1. Is that an aftermarket seat? If so, is it comfortable and who makes it?
    2. How often are you topping up your oil?
    3. Do you have the oil sump extender installed?

    Good decision on the Mac Air you will not regret it! Ride safe!

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    1. WHEN I FOUND OUT HOW MUCH OIL I HAD LOST, I STARTED CHECKING 3 TIMES A DAY, BUT OBVIOUSLY, NOT DOING 1600 MILES IN ONE HIT, HELPS TOO

      SO, FACED WITH JUST 300 – 400 MILES, I CHECK IN THE MORNING, THEN AGAIN ON ARRIVING. I AM ADDING ABOUT 60 – 120 MILES EVERY OTHER DAY.

      AGAIN, THE HOTTER THE DAY, THE MORE OIL I LOSE, BUT IT IS NOTHING DRASTIC

      OBVIOUSLY, THE FIRST TIME WAS A SHOCK, AND I STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHY THE OTHERWISE PERFECTLY FUNCTIONING OIL LAMP DIDN’T EVEN FLICKER

      NO, I HAVE NOT BOTHERED WITH THE SUMP EXTENDER, BUT I CHECK BEFORE EVERY RIDE, AND ALSO, IF I WILL BE DOING ANYTHING MORE THAN THE MENTIONED MILES, THEN I WILL CHECK, AT EACH FILL UP.

      Looking forward to the Mac and thank you for the comments foxwhite

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    2. Sorry we didn’t reply at the time foxwhite1 – we must have missed this comment and Jan found it while re-reading the blog.

      No, the seat is the original. On our first trip, we took a thick sheepskin, which worked fine (unless it rained and then is was a soggy and shaggy sheepskin). But, by the end of the trip, it had about had it.

      We do have gel pads though. Butt Buffer make them. They have done us well for around 5 years and still work. Well worth the money. http://www.buttbuffer.com

      Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a safe and happy new year.

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