Utah: A Rest In Kanab

Friday 21st June

Today was the first day where I did not need to use the Helly thermal shirt as it was a nice warm, short ride of only 69.7 miles

I passed through a small town, where typically, the sheriff was sat in his car in the shade on Main St with radar units front & rear, just waiting for someone to go over the 40 mph.

I stopped along the way, trying for some good scenery, some of the color mixes are incredible, in the red and the white rock formations. There are some beautifully coloured seams of turquoise too; the geology is incredible.

The sideways-growing tree

Kanab-Waiting for motel P1110786 P1110799 P1110800 P1110805 P1110807 P1110808 P1110813 P1110814 In no time at all, I arrived in Kanab.


P1110894This is a town that Christine and I have spent a lot of time in. Previous years, we always stayed with Wayne at The Sun and Sand Motel. Wayne was one of the funniest guys we’ve ever met. The motel was slightly shabby but the hospitality and friendliness was 5 star.

DSC_1418_3836The first time we pulled in, we had serious doubts about staying; especially when, on entering our room, we were told by Wayne to ignore the dead cockroaches. He had just had some exterminators in to spray the place. Sure enough – there were a couple of big ones lying dead in the bathroom.

Once we got talking to Wayne, he explained he and Terri, his wife, had just taken over managing the motel after the owner had evicted the previous couple for using it as a crack/meth lab. Heroine addicts, they had sold almost all the furniture and all the TVs to finance their addiction.

Wayne made everyone welcome and gave a fantastic help-yourself breakfast. he would also hold impromptu bbqs on the large lawn. But he was not fond of Utah folk – he being Las Vegas born and bred. Whenever we arrived, he would pull a couple of ice-cold beers bought over the border in Arizona and say, ‘Here, have a real beer, not that UTAW piss (beer has to be below 3% alcohol in Utah)

(photos from an earlier trip)

DSC_4410 DSC_4420We stayed at the Sun and Sand for the following 5 trips and we grew very fond of Terri and Wayne. It was a big disappointment to discover the couple had moved on to another motel up at Green River on the border of Utah and Wyoming.

This time, I had to find a reasonably-priced alternative motel. Most were too expensive at over $80 a night – others were full. However, I did find a room in

Aikens Lodge
Aikens Lodge
Bikers Welcome
Bikers Welcome
And I thought I was a little overloaded!
And I thought I was a little overloaded!

P1110833Well, from midday on, you cannot sit outside your room as the sun is blazing down all the time, so I am inside with the curtains drawn. So if any socializing is going on, then it will be around now, 2059, with the sun behind the mountain. However I am not in the mood, there is a second hand book shop at the  corner where I bought 2 books; Luis Lamour westerns.

I nipped outside to see this slightly scary woman guarding my bike

P1110892Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd

A real rest was very much on the cards and it was great to just lie around reading and not be planning routes. It was a good feeling knowing I wouldn’t be loading up for three days.

The next couple of days, I spent around the town taking photos and socialising. I got all my laundry done and caught up on emails and banking matters.

But first, a nice cold, ice cold beer!

P1110825 P1110840-PANO P1110843 P1110846 P1110848Kanab used to be known as ‘Little Hollywood’ as so many western movies were made in and around the town. So Main Street has lots and lots of these mementos; how many film stars do you remember?

P1110850 P1110852 P1110853 P1110854 P1110856 P1110857 P1110858 P1110859 P1110860 P1110861 P1110862 P1110864 P1110868After burgers and beer meals for the past week or so, I decided to treat myself to a decent Surf and Turf meal in one of the restaurants, Denny’s Wigwam (which is an eclectic mixture of store, restaurant, bar and museum.

P1110906I had a little entertainment whilst eating too.

P1110897 P1110902I am interested in geology so I wondered around taking photos of the fascinating rocks found around here – many of them are polished and used in homes.

Wine rack made from local rock
Wine rack made from local rock

There’s lots of turquoise around these here parts too – as well as other semi-precious minerals

P1110881Natural glass

P1110855Petrified tree

P1110876You see some strange things out west


DSC_1963_4644 DSC_1985_4666 DSC_2260_4181 DSC_2305_4216The modern cowboy!

Final photos for Kanab

Don’t drop your keys in these streets – heck, you could lose a handbag down there!
Flintstone’s party furniture


Artistic use of old saw blades

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That’s it for now folk.

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