We awoke in the Seven Wives Inn. Not a normal type of place for us to stay at, on road trips we camp or go to the typical motor inn. This bed and breakfast was recommended by some friends from California and we had to see what all the fuss was about. They didn’t disappoint. The breakfast was superb and a perfect end to the restful night we had.
Once on the road, it was a short trip before we started seeing the red cliff faces of Zion National Park. None of us had been to Zion prior to this trip, so this was a very large treat. From winding roads and towering rock faces, to long unlit tunnels – there’s no question why Zion has become as popular as it has. We were pretty lucky, though, it was busy but wasn’t overly crowded, which I’m sure Zion can get quite easily.
Our sight seeing in Zion finished up and we had to make a decision; B-line it up the highway and make up some time, or go out of the way and eastwards toward Bryce Canyon National Park. We decided to check out Bryce Canyon After all, when will we all be here as a group again?
We were wondering if we’d made the right decision, and then we saw the overlook to Bryce Canyon. Rock spires as far as the eye could see in varying shades of orange, white, and red welcome us to the region. Every direction our eyes wandered produced a new stunning display for us to capture on every digital device we had.
Leaving Bryce Canyon behind, we followed the Highway 12 loop, winding along Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Some fellow motorcyclists told us to continue along Hwy 12, it was a much longer loop, and in the beginning we were regretting the decision until we were met with the Escalante river – with her eye stinging red rock walls contrasting with lush green river trees. After crossing through Boulder, we climb up to a ridge sloping on both sides as we glance back to the west to look over the park. Climbing again, this time to around 9600 feet where we’re greeted with Aspen forests. As we descended we glimpse at the astounding views to the east of Capitol Reef National Park.
We finally end up in the Torrey/Teasdale area and check into a cabin before we scarfed down some awesome tasting burgers.
Tomorrow we will arrive at Salt Lake city.
Stay tuned for additional updates as we make our way to Miller Motorsports Park for Cycle World’s ‘Road Trip!’