Kathy’s Utah Venture, Day 5

Green River to Hanksville – was to be 77 miles but was really 83.5

Today was a very tough day. It started out pretty good with 12 miles of I-70 and then we headed SW into a nice head wind. It wasn’t too bad at first but by 9:00 a.m. it was getting stronger. At mile 39 we headed to see Goblin Valley State Park which was a 13 mile in and 13 miles back out. Part of it would be a break from the wind but the last seven miles would be with the headwind. Our lunch was being provided there so we set out. A little while into it we realize they are chip sealing the road – thankfully it’s only one side.

Finally the group I am with gets to the Visitors Center only to find out we have another mile to go and two little steeeeepp hills…and we made it. The park is very unique but very remote. 

While we are relaxing we find out they are now shuttling people in. Some days it doesn’t pay to be early. So I head back and get to the area they are chip sealing only to find out they have now done both sides of the road… Not an easy six miles.

At the end, it’s time to head back SW to our overnight town and the wind is fierce. I head out on the first five of 20 miles in this headwind when I get picked up by a draft line of about 10 people. The guy pulling is the German and he is trading off with Dave. They pulled this group all the way to Hanksville without stopping. They were my heros. 

Setting up tents was equally fun. It took three people to hold, stake and put up. We have a great group of riders and everyone teams up to help each other.


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