Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Ride to eat, eat to ride...swinging style - p2

Early the next mid-morning we leave Mexican Hat and go briefly south to this place for breakfast. I originally parked the bike next to that truck and then I looked up....and immediately moved the bike to the other side of the parking lot.




After a pretty good breakfast we ride north, we go over the Moki Dugway, then go to the Bullfrog Marina.

The Moki Dugway is part of SR 261 and includes 3 miles of steep (11% grades) climbs and tight switchbacks. The road is carved on the face of a cliff and raises some 1200 feet in less than the three miles. It was constructed in the 1950s as a way to haul ore from the Happy Jack mine to the mill near Mexican Hat.


At the Bullfrog marina and there is a ferry that goes across Lake Powell to Halls Crossing. The ferry leaves Bullfrog on the even numbered hours...and we get there shortly after 12 noon... Darn it! We have a loooooong wait. Bev goes for a walk whilst I make some shade and take a nap.

We met these guys when we first arrived at Bullfrog. We exchanged names but it was noisy at the time and I didn't catch them. They are from Australia and riding around the western United States. I believe they were on their way back to L.A. to return the bikes and fly home.
The ferry ride is scenic and fun, but was made even more enjoyable by chatting with these three Adventurers. I hope they enjoyed the US and had a great trip!

Two of their bikes.

Off the ferry we stay overnight in Torrey, Utah. The next morning we are riding for home.


Bev hasn't seen the UFOs at Vaughn Reid's home so we make a stop there. We intend to only stop for a few moments and a couple of pictures, but Vaughn and Ellie invite us to come in, which of course we did, and they gave us an incredible tour of their place.
Vaughn is extremely creative, and a master machinist; combine those two talents and you get an amazing yard and house full of one of a kind art.



This old boiler was used to power the belts and pullies in his Dad's sawmill. Vaughn hauled it to his house and uses it for heat in the winter.

A machine that does nothing...  

So much history and art and interesting stories.....








After our tour we sat on the Reid's porch and chatted about anything and everything. But then we finally had to leave...Vaughn and Ellie are amazing, wonderful people!

We rode the few miles into Castle Dale and had lunch at Fatty's, I had a lamb burger and Bev had a Sparten. Both were super! 
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And then homeward bound.... Beverly and I both felt like this was one of our better trips and we have had a LOT of super trips!
About 1000 miles of beautiful scenery, good food, and good company!
Now..... I need to get ready for the next trip!

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