The concept; take two Triumphs out to the desert in southern Utah, for a little dirty fun. I already have a '73 Triumph Adventurer for the trip; my companion Conrad Leach bought a '71 Triumph TR6R on Craigslist, and ended up swapping the engine for a '60s Bonneville lump, with a 750cc kit. Rough but good.
It took a few days to get to the canyonlands of Utah from San Francisco; we stopped in Winnemucca Nevada(after a blast up Donner Pass road), then Springville Utah (to visit Jeff Decker). Today we made it to the Canyonlands, a unique place on the planet.
My favorite of the chain of National Parks strung between Nevada and Colorado is Capitol Reef, which is probably the least visited of the Zion/Bryce Canyon/Moab/Canyonlands continuum, but perhaps the most accessible if you don't want to be led by the nose to the 'beauty spots'.
We picked a motel in Torrey, the Broken Spur, which has just re-opened. Nice folks, cheap room ($75 for two beds), mind boggling view of red cliffs banking the horizon in every direction. Best of all, it's only 6 miles to the entrance of the Park, and every mile is stunning. We spotted a dotted line road on the map (Pleasant Creek), and our motel clerk said it was a really good 4WD road, and that we'd have fun on the bikes.
|Too bad there's no attitude gauge on the Triumph; this hill was really steep, but smooth dried mud|
|The first creek fording...|
|I didn't take photos of the worst bits; my hands were way too busy!|
|Hwy 12...a truly fine piece of motorcycle highway...|
|Pleasant Creek Road follows the creek itself for miles...you'll get wet.|
|Capitol Reef's amazing banded cliffs...and pink powder trails|
|After climbing a few thousand feet in elevation, we found the Aspens, and knew we were near the highway...|