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Sidewall of my Sn3 pilot model.

Sidewall of my S-scale pilot model


our simple camp.

    Cowboy camping.

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        SUN. August 20, the better part of UTAH    

our simple camp.

    A sliver moon rises just before sunrise. The stars slowly get washed away by the light. It's warming up. Time to get up.

the open range.

Come on, move it.

    In a few minutes we are back on the highway, headed south to Salt Lake. A banana will have to do for breakfast. Fortunately, it's Sunday so traffics not so bad through SLC. They are working on the roads though and for some obsurd reason they have I-15 narrowed it down to one lane, taking up the unused two for two guys leaning on shovels. We can only imagine the back up on a weekday. In fifteen or twenty minutes we have squeezed through. I hate Salt Lake City. I just do. Exactly the reaction they want no doubt.

    We stop in Lehi for gas and a bite. I resist the temtation to snap another picture of the Rolling Mills. I've been here before, three, four times and have plent of pictures.

a mound of white dirt beside an industrial plant out in the middle of nowhere.

    Decision time, what route should we take. The direct route follows US 50 through Price and Moab, the way we took last trip. I really want to head south, to Zion, Brice, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef. It would take a month if I were on my motorcycle. But I'm not on my motorcycle and we don't have a month. It's killing me to be so close. How about we go south to Capitol Reef and cut across- I know a way. Glenn agrees.

the entrance sign to Capitol Reef National Park.

Capitol Reef National Park.

Capitol Reef.

A rich layer of sandstone at the top of Capitol Reef.

Capitol Reef National Park.

Capitol Reef National Park.

    We continue south and pick up 24. Capitol Reef Nation Park follows a 100 mile long waterpocket fold down into Glen Canyon, now lake Powell. Highway 24 briefly cuts through the middle top of it following the Freemont River. We take a quick tour and then back track to Boulder Mountain where we cut south to the Burr Trail, a cattle route from summer grazing on the plateaus to wintering in Bullfrog basin below.

view from Bounder Mountain.     view from Boulder Mountain.

view from Boulder Mountain.

    Twenty years ago, on our first attempt to traverse Boulder Mountain on our way to Bryce Canyon on our motorcycles, we were turned back by mud. The route is paved today and a new Natioanl Monument, The Grand Staircase- Escalente encompasses the region. The Burr Trail is 2WD gravel. The plan was to get down to Lake Powell and camp out but we didn't quit make it. Let's not get too techical about where we stayed or the regulations. Afterall, it's a cattle trail. The ranchers would have spent a week or longer with a hurd of 100 cows. It's the desert. The middle of nowhere. My favorite place on Earth.

Burr Trail terrain

Capitol Reef National Park.

Burr Trail terrain

landscape near the top of the Burr Trail.


    It was nice of them to provide us with a picinic table for our dinner. Unfortunately, I had not checked the Coleman stove beforehand and found it not to work. So much for hotdogs. Beers and chips would have to do.

standard brown table, red and white cooler, lantern


        MON. August 21, check-in    

        TUE. August 22, a train ride to Silverton    

        WED. August 23, a Goose ride    

        THUR. August 24, we're here (in Red Mountain)    

        FRI. August 25, the show, San Juan Shops, dead time.    

        SAT. August 26, teardown, Aztec ruins and Chama    

        SUN. August 27, ride The Cumbres & Toltec    

        MON. August 28, Creede, Lake City, Crested Butte and Gunnison    

        TUE. August 29, Northern Nevada RR, Route 50    

        WED. August 30, N. Cal., DQ and home.    

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