It was a bright sunny morning with clear skies but we still had to wait a little while for the heavy frost to melt off the seat of the bike! Yikes!
Although it did not really take long to warm up, we needed the liners in our jackets until late afternoon. We travel through the pass at Jacobs lake which reached 7,900 ft and it was definitely chilly at that elevation.
We headed south from Panguitch to Carmel Junction, and then steered west to Zion Canyon. For anyone who has not visited Zion I don’t think I can come up with the words to describe it or the pictures to do it any justice. You will just have to visit it yourself.
Zion is an indescribable display of colours and rock formations that is simply overwhelming. And the road! At one point you travel through a 1.1 mile long tunnel that runs along a cliff face with windows at several intervals. Upon exiting the tunnel you negotiate a series of switchbacks that eventually deposit you 2,000 feet below on the valley floor.
This is a “must do” motorcycle road and obviously well known based on the constant flow of motorcycles we saw on the road today. Of course there were plenty of other vehicles on the road which made it somewhat conjested. The parking lots were full at the visitors center.
From Zion we headed south east through Fredonia, Arizona and along the north side of the Grand Canyon until we reached Navajo Bridge at the east end of the canyon. From Navajo Bridge we turned south on route 89 to finish the day at Cameron, Arizona.
We fought extremely strong cross winds most of the day and ran into a bit of a sandstorm a few miles outside of Cameron. By the end of the day we were pretty happy to see the Cameron Trading Post in the distance, the motel we had planned to stay at.