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In Torrey, Utah.

We checked into the motel, unloaded the bike and got out of our riding gear.

We knew there was nowhere to buy wine in town and being the weekend and a holiday, the first place we headed to was the next town – Bickland, 8 miles away which has a State Liquor outlet

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Back at the motel, two lovely ladies had checked into the room next to us; they were sisters from northern Utah and their parents were Danish – so they were delighted to meet Jan and proudly showed him their vehicle registration plate

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Jan said, ‘Let’s go eat’. He had been looking forward to a steak in The Saddlery restaurant right opposite the motel. On my last visit to Torrey, in 2011, this had not existed. The place was huge and very well designed and a real cowboy atmosphere – even saddles for seats.

The Saddlery - very convenient.

The Saddlery – very convenient.

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We ordered a drink and a meal and then I took off to take photos. There was a really nice outdoor seating area with a horse for company.

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Yes, Willie Nelson has played here

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Jan called to say the food had arrived; he was having a 16oz bison rib-eye with creamed spinach and chipotle coleslaw

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I had an 8oz sirloin with a baked potato and sour cream

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My goodness – those big knives really weren’t needed; the meat was soooo tender and tasty and it came from nearby bison and free-range cattle farms.

DSCF7733It was a scrummy meal; I don’t eat that much meat but I was as avid a carnivore as any cowboy when I tasted that steak!

The evening wasn’t over; there would be music and dancing in an hour. We went home to have a rest and returned at 9pm. No, we didn’t dance but I did enjoy watching others dancing! This was early on in the evening so there aren’t many couples dancing on the video.

Jan and I only had one drink and then returned to the motel. We sat outside our room and watched the car park fill up with lots of cowboys and wives – and the dancing went on until quite late.

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We noticed a lovely orange moon rising and tried our best to capture it – after a couple of glasses of wine, I was not very successful; well, the moon really was orange-coloured and I am 99.9% sure it wasn’t cabernet-coloured!

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The truck belongs to the motel owner’s husband – he has tanks of water on his trailer and he delivers fish to hatcheries.

July 4th – Independence Day

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Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire.

I always remember being on the boat and at anchor in Trinidad (West Indies) on one July 4th. Every morning there would be a group boaties VHF radio transmission – things lost, for sale, news etc. On this particular morning, an American came on the radio and said,’Happy Independence Day to my fellow American citizens; for you Brits out here that aren’t sure what Independence Day celebrates – well it was getting rid of you Brits’

A quick-witted reply in a very plummy English accent came from another boat, “Ah, yes, we Brits celebrate July the fourth too; we call it ‘Thanksgiving’.”

It was a nice morning but the forecast predicted rain later. Jan and I made our way into town in time for the 10am parade.

Main Street was blocked to traffic by the Sheriff

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Once the parade was finished, we made our way to the Farmers Market – lots of stalls selling crafts, rocks, food and lots of games for the kids.

By now we were hungry so went back to the cafe/bookshop, Robbers Roost. The owner was making pizzas from scratch – and so nice (and light) we had two.

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First we ordered a Greek pizza

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and it was so nice, Jan went back and ordered a meat pizza.

In between, he entertained the owner’s dog

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Once again, there was live music; I particularly liked the young man who wrote his own songs about the area – songs about Butch Cassidy and other cowboys.

The fun would go on all evening but we went back again -just in time to miss the downpour.

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It didn’t last long though, soon the sun came out to give a pleasant end to the day.

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Happy July the Fourth, USA.

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