Today we slept in much longer than anticipated because there were no sprinklers in sight. Once we rose from our tents we packed up and had some breakfast and took off towards the Natural Bridges national monument.
It was supposed to be an easy ride into the park with plenty of time to spare for sightseeing once we arrived at the Natural Bridges. We knocked out the first 25 miles pretty quickly and stopped for a bite in Blanding, UT. I, Cam, had my first ever breakfast quesadilla and it was impressive. At the end of our breakfast this extremely old Ute Indian walked up to us and pointed at Karey and said “you should be called arrowhead” and she chuckled and walked away, so if any of you run into him that should be his nickname for the rest of his life.
After we finished breakfast we started to head out of town and realized there was an amazing dinosaur museum. So of course we had to stop! After touring around in the museum we realized that we really needed to get on the road. We still had a good amount of riding left and we all wanted to do some sight seeing.
According to our maps it was supposed to be a few hills with roughly ten miles downhill but that wasn’t the case. The ride into the park was much harder than anticipated and we are both worried about riding 93 miles tomorrow in this terrain.
One thing that we did stop to check out was an Anasazi Indian ruin site. It is crazy how they built their dwellings in the the side of a cliff!
Once we finally got into the park and got everything set up we headed out to see the natural bridges. They were amazing, it was really cool to think about how a river carved these huge arches over millions of years.
The plan for tomorrow is to be on the road as early as we can and knock out 93 miles to Hanksville, UT. We will see how it goes!