Day 7 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Cameron to Panguitch 287 Miles)

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Day 7 Ride Route Cameron Trading Post, AZ to Panguitch, UT

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…

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Leaving Cameron Trading Post

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.

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US 89 North of Cameron Trading Post

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Colorado River at Navajo Bridge

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.

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Navajo Bridge

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Native Americans selling their wares at Navajo Bridge

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Larry T. and me Attaching Bumper at Navajo Bridge

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.

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Riding Down US 89 to Bryce Canyon

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Rolling Down US 89 to Bryce Canyon

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.

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Visiting with fellow rider at rest stop. Photo by Larry A.

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Panoramic View from observation deck at rest stop on US 89. Photo by Larry A.

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.

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Riding to Bryce Canyon

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Cactus Flower at rest stop on US 89 in Utah

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)…

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Us at Bryce Canyon

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Bryce Canyon

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…

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Riding up US 89 to Panguitch, UT

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…

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I hope we see you down the road somewhere… Ride safe…

6 responses to “Day 7 of My 5000+ Mile, 17 Day Motorcycle Ride (Cameron to Panguitch 287 Miles)

  1. We just stayed in Panguitch last weekend. There is so much beauty in the Escalante area, we’ve been exploring it through dirt roads on our KLR. We’ve taken the Goldwing many times to Calf Creek and up the Burr Trail by Boulder. Just love it! I hope you enjoyed it as well. Welcome to the Salt Lake area. I’m from Layton which is between Salt Lake and Ogden. We have so many wonderful canyons to explore here, I hope you can take some time to do so. A couple of my favorites are the Mirror Lake Hwy and Logan Canyon going to Bear Lake. Have a great trip and thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Annette, glad you stopped by and took the time to comment. We like hearing from readers and the tips they give. We really like Utah and we are looking forward to getting back to explore more. We need 17 days to just take it all in. Thanks for the tips, I will put them on my Utah bucket list. Utah needs its own list. Thanks again…

  2. Mike Schapansky, Bastrop TX

    I have a 2010 wing titanium like yours. I would like to know how you keep your windshield that clean! My cleanest day ever isn’t as nice as yours after thousands of miles.

  3. Southern Utah is gorgeous (never been to the north part of the state). Moab area with Canyonlands and Arches N.P. is our favorite. Enjoy the canyons!

    • Thanks Bob, this ride has wet my whistle and I want to ride more of Utah. It is a beautiful state with a lot to see…

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