Today is day 7 of my 5000+ mile, 17 day motorcycle ride… We are riding up US-89 & Us-89-A to Panguitch, UT via Bryce Canyon National Park. I am riding with Larry T. and Larry A. from Georgia. Larry T. sent me a picture while I was planning this trip of a bridge over a river and asked if I remembered it. Larry had mistaken the picture from one of our previous rides. I realized it was actually a bridge on US-89-A. Originally, I had planned our route to stay on US-89 but decided to add the bridge to our ride…
We were up early and had a good breakfast at the Cameron Trading Post restaurant. We have been staying here, at the Trading Post, for the last 2 days. We want to get on the road early to get in as many miles as possible to avoid riding in the heat we have encountered over the last 5 days of riding together.
Today is a good ride, a beautiful blue cloudless day. The ride from the Cameron Trading Post to Marble Canyon was mostly scenic flat desert, straight highway with gentle curves and weathered plateau hills near the highway and in the distance.
The bridge I mentioned above is just 70 miles down US-89 & US-89-A at Marble Canyon. The bridge is called Navajo Bridge and spans the canyon 467 feet above the Colorado River below. There is a pullout at the bridge where Native Americans display and sell handcrafted jewelry, pottery and other crafts… There is a walking bridge across the canyon. The walking bridge is actually the original bridge across the canyon. From the bridge we got some good photos of the canyon, the river and the new bridge. The bumper on the car of one of the Native American ladies there selling her wares had fallen off and was lying on the ground. Larry T. was looking at her bumper and decided to reattached it for her. I gave him a hand and he got it attached in a short time. She was very grateful and let him pick out a couple of pieces of jewelry for his labors. Larry didn’t want to accept her offer but she insisted. I’m sure Shirley (Larry’s wife) will enjoy the fruits of his labors.
Riding north the scenery was more of the same until we reached Utah. The scenery became greener, hillier and US 89 was a bit curvier. The vistas and landscapes along the route of US 89 are spellbinding with red rock canyons and mountains. There are several picturesque farms, towns, many national parks and monuments with noteworthy geography. We can’t stop at all of them but we are touring Bryce Canyon National Park today.
At one rest stop we met a fellow biker and swapped stories. We took pictures of the panoramic views from the observation deck and of some of the flowers before heading on down the road.
As in the past 5 days it is getting hot again. When we reached Bryce Canyon it was in the 90’s (F) 10 degrees warmer than normal for June. It was a welcome stop to get off the bikes and stretch our legs and take in the majesty of the views of the canyon and take pictures. Because of the heat we skipped stops and headed to our home for the night in Panguitch. By the time we reached Panguitch the temperature had climbed to triple digits again, reaching 104(F)…
After checking into our motel, we visited with a couple of fellow bikers who made us feel like 3 young bikers. The older biker was in his seventies and still staying young riding… It’s always nice meeting like-minded people and even better when they are bikers like us…
Tomorrow we ride to the Ogden, UT (via Salt Lake City and Temple Square) up US 89. Come follow along and enjoy the ride over the next 10 days… I hope we see you down the road somewhere. Ride safe…
If you liked this ride post, you may checkout the other post from this ride below…
- Introduction to our Motorcycle Ride (5000+ Miles In 17 Days)
- Day 1 of 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Georgetown, TX to Canyon, TX 458 Miles)
- Day 2 of 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Canyon, TX to Ft. Sumner, NM 173 Miles)
- Day 3 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Ft. Sumner to Eagar, NM 343 Miles)
- Day 4 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Eagar to Payson 231 Miles)
- Day 5 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Payson to Cameron 222 Miles)
- Day 6 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Cameron to Grand Canyon to Cameron 130 Miles)
- Day 8 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Panguitch to Ogden 287 Miles)
- Day 9 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Ogden to Jackson 235 Miles)
- Day 10 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Jackson to Gardiner 203 Miles)
- Day 11 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Gardiner to Great Falls 226 Miles)
- Day 12 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride
- Day 13 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Great Falls to Billings 402 miles)
- Day 14 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Billings to Spearfish 332 miles)
- Day 15 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Spearfish to Alliance)
- Days 16 & 17 of My 5000+ mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Alliance to Home)
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- Blue Ridge Parkway Motorcycle Ride June 2014
- Big Bend & Carlsbad Caverns National Parks Motorcycle Trip September 09
- Our First Big Bend Motorcycle Ride
- Big Bend National Park Motorcycle Ride April 2007
I hope we see you down the road somewhere… Ride safe…