Our annual family vacation happens this month in southern Utah.
On the way down, I stop in Eureka, Utah and while finishing a drink Mark rode up on his Ural and after we introduced ourselves we visited for quite some time.
That Ural is one cool machine!
Among the activities we enjoyed were;
Visiting the Western Sky warbird museum at the St George airport
Bev and I made the "relaxing" drive (in our 4runner) up to Toquerville falls. The 4runner performed admirably! Bev only left a few fingernail prints in the dash.... haha!
And so on Sunday l leave St George, Utah and motor over to Tonopah, Nevada. On the way there, I ride the Extraterrestrial Highway
and pass the world famous.....BLACK MAILBOX..... where you can post letters to the aliens...
and also pass Rachel, Nevada home of the Little ALEinn... and a actual genuine replica of a UFO!
I stayed in Tonopah for two days to check off;
Manzanar National Historic Site, a WWII Japanese internment camp
Leaving the Tonopah Motel I rode to the Devils Postpile National Monument
So I did half the ride....which is the same as not doing any of it, I'll have to start over so that road is still on my list.
Back at the Yosemite gate... after I turned around I rode down hill to a rest area and there met riders; Dennis, Chad and Duke on a couple of GS's and an ST 1100 (if I remember right) I was so irritated about not getting into the park that I didn't think to get a pic, but with their California knowledge and advice, I was able to do a quick re-plan
So forgetting about Yosemite for the moment, the new plan called for a ride south on the 395 and get a room in Tehachapi.
A motel like this one was around $50 two years ago...now it's $100
Times have certainly changed!