2008 Western Adventure
Day 18 - July 7, 2008
I said goodbye to my friends that own the
White Eagle Inn. If you ever get to Cortez, Colorado, and you
want a nice clean and inexpensive motel to stay in, I recommend the
White Eagle Inn. I also stayed there in 2006, on another cross
country adventure. My plan for today was to ride through the
Canyon of the Ancients. I found a road on my GPS that entered
the canyon from the back East side. This road started out a
nice back-country paved road, but about 20 miles into the
ride, it turned to dirt, but still fairly good. I saw a lot of
beautiful horses along this road. About 20 miles of dirt
roads, and they started to get narrower and sandier, until the road
made a sharp turn into a deep canyon. The road at this point
was impassible, so I had to back track the 50 miles to the main
road. I checked out the main roads around to the Western
entrance, and it was little to far, so I decided to save the Canyon
of the Ancients for another trip.
I set my sight on Utah, which wasn't too far
from Cortez, which is in the Southwest corner of Colorado.
Not long after crossing the border into Utah, I came into
Monticello, home of the "Hideout Golf Course", a nationally
recognized course. Too bad that I wasn't carrying my golf
clubs on my motorcycle. As I continued North on Hwy 191, I
formation, which is known as Church Rock or Cookie Jar Rock.
It was just standing there all by itself, with no other rock
formations anywhere in sight. As I continued north on Hwy 191
I saw some signs that Canyonlands was just ahead. I missed
Canyonlands on my trip through Utah in 2006, so it was a must see on
this trip. Canyonlands was on the West side of Hwy 191, and
was fairly flat, and I was wondering when I would start seeing the
rock formation. As I was thinking this, I started into a
canyon, and the farther into the canyon, the more beautiful the
scenery. There where a lot of trees, and the road became nice
and twisty (us bikers all like twisty roads). Down towards the
bottom of the canyon I saw a sign that said Newspaper Rock. I
had heard of this rock, and now I'll get to see it first hand.
It was amazing how many hieroglyphics were on this rock.
If only I could understand what they meant.
After I left Newspaper Rock, I started to see
the rock formations off in the distance. What appeared to be
fairly small, became quite large as I rode further into the valley.
You could just imagine that this whole valley had been under water,
and this is what was left after the water carved its way through the
canyon. It was absolutely beautiful. Southern Utah is
one of the most beautiful and interesting places in the the US, and
I've been most everywhere. My two most favorite places seem to
be the desert and the mountains. Of all the mountains I've
been in, Glacier National Park has to be the closest thing to heaven
that I have seen so far. I'm hoping that future trip to the
mountains will yield equally beautiful scenery. As I rode
around the valley, I continued to be amazed at each and every rock
formation. I could have spent a week there hiking around, but
these old legs and back aren't what they used to be, so my hikes
were keep to a bare minimum. Nonetheless, I was able to
appreciate the beauty of Canyonlands from the seat of my trusty
As I headed out of the valley it was starting
to get late, so I started to think about where I would stop for the
night. First I thought about Moab, that was not too far
up the road, but when I got there, the town was filled with
tourists, so I continued north and came upon a nice little motel in
Green River that still had a couple vacancies. I settled in
for the night, and looked forward to the next days ride.