Escalante to Blanding Utah
Up Lost Creek, thru Death Box Hollow, Over Hell's Backbone Bridge, Burr Trail, Wolverine Loop Trail, Across Colorado and on into Blanding.
|After a hearty breakfast next door to our Motel in Escalante we headed North toward "Death Box Hollow" on a blacktop road that turned to dirt. On our way we went by several of these irrigation devices. I thought it made a great picture in the early morning sun.|
|This is a view off of Devils's Backbone Bridge in the Death Box Hollow area. Pretty rugged country. I don't think we'll try riding down there.|
|This is a view off the other side of the bridge. We finally ended up going back through Boulder town.|
|We eventually ended back on the Burr Trail going East down one switch back after another and caught a side trail called the "Wolverine Loop Trail".|
|This is on the Wolverine Loop Trail and this picture shows us riding right in a wash. I never looked it up in the dictionary or asked anybody----but it seemed to me a wash is a creek or river that only has water in it when it rains heavily, or floods. Otherwise they are as dry as a bone which I think they stay most of the time. In fact, I never did see any water in any of them---but Utah was in the middle of a serious drought.|
|These were some neat rocks above the Wolverine Loop Trail.|
|I had a hoot riding out on this slick rock. I had to be careful where I was going as there were many crevasses. I am jumping over a little one right here. A bigger one almost caught me off guard, which would have resulted in a serious endo.|
|As we were riding down the trail, I noticed on my GPS that there was a spring on the right not very far off the trail----"Jackass Spring". Who knows the story behind that name ????? It's so dry and barren everywhere, so the little bit of green here really stood out and was a pretty sight.|
|We had lunch here right by Jack Ass spring---well not too close as there was cow shit everywhere around the spring.|
| Here we are at
Hyte, getting close to a bridge to cross the Colorado river and head East to
Blanding. Look closely at the beautiful bridge. Right here I figured we
had about 80 miles to go to Blanding with only about 70 miles worth of
gas. There was nothing to do but go on.
|We lucked out right across the bridge as there was a gas station close to the marina at Hyte. We were their last customer before they closed up. Somebody was looking out for us again !!!!!|
|We had to burn up the road all the way to Blanding as it was much to late in the day for any trail riding and still get to a motel. This was the only time during our trip that we rode a paved road like this for any length.|
Day 10 I promised Kenny a nice relaxing, cool ride back to Moab------it was not to be !!!