2011. Utah: Kanab to Zion National Park

Been a nice rest here in Kanab.

I haven’t posted anything since arriving here – I thought a rest would be good for all.

Taken lots of photos of this lovely town – known as Little Hollywood because so many westerns were filmed in the area. The Parry Lodge motel was a favourite place of John Wayne as well as many other film stars.

This afternoon we went up to the Movietown Museum where they have some sets from movies such as Outlaw Josie Wales.

We enjoyed July 4th here

Bike-wise, we replace the air filter and the spark plugs. Bit of a bugger getting the trim back on!

We had to replace the air filter after riding through that Arizona sand storm

Now we are starting the packing. Bought a few essentials for camping in Zion National Park tomorrow – assuming we can get a pitch for the tent. I always feel a sense of despair when I look around a motel room and see just how much we have to load onto the poor bike.

We’ll probably be there one or two days then heading over the state line into Nevada to ride The Extraterrestrial Highway again – see if we can find any aliens this time.  This is a bit of a nail-biter as there is only one town on this isolated road – Rachel. No gas stations for about 70 miles to the south or 110 miles to the north. We might have to buy a fuel can and carry a gallon – if we can fit it on the bike!

From there, we are heading west yet again, to Lee Vinnings near Yosemite NP, California. Not planning on going into Yosemite though, but I do want to spend an evening besides Mono Lake taking photos of the wonderful, otherworldly tuffas and the thousands of birds.

So I may not be around on the ether for a few days.

Meanwhile, here’s some photos  from last night. A young couple pulled into the motel – and amazed me when they took a lovely little white Maltese dog from a pet carrier on their Yamaha Road Star!

HEY! Let me out, it’s been flipping hot in here!

Zion National Park 

Hi from Parowan, Utah (close to Cedar Breaks NP).

Camping was good – although we couldn’t get the tent pegs into the hard ground and had to hold the tent up with rocks.

I got to the Narrows (photos later) and, on the way in to Zion, we had a fun encounter with a tour bus-load of happy Italians who all wanted their photo taken with the Guzzi….

” Moto Italiano, Moto Italiano” Ahhhh, Bella, Bella, Bella

The Italianos

They had to pose in batches! In this shot, a lovely man from Hong Kong (he had a nice Canon AND a Leica!) with a lovely, happy group of photographers joined in…. (Note 2021 – I now have my own Leica)

And J got his 15 minutes – or what it 15 seconds? – of fame…

Imagine – there’s me with my little Sony Nex, DYING to pull my Nikon out of the side bags!!!!

But for now, just this little video of the wonderful roads in Zion. Forgive me using Christopher Cross on TWO vids – but I’m a bit short of audio files at the mo. I’d really welcome some good suggestions for music to suit beautiful bike rides.

Here’s the route taken over the previous 2 days.

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