Moab to Bryce Canyon

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Monday, April 30, 2012

We left Ouray on a lovely warm day, snow capped mountains & beautiful trees surrounding us, 
just magnificent, and 3 hrs later, the landscape had dramatically changed, no less scenic, just awesome precipices, and huge red canyon walls. 

Moab...This place is the mecca for 4WD, mountain bike & off road motor bike riding.  In the
RV park there were plenty of jeeps & off road vehicles, our boys (Darren, Shane & Mick) would be drooling!! There are so many trails here, ranging from easy, moderate, difficult, to extreme.  Our little car, Suzi, (when it is fixed) will be able to do the easy & moderate ones, we don't have the ground clearance for any other ones. I actually was pleased about that!! Too scary for me

Mike arranged for a mechanic to come out to the RV park to fix the slave cylinder.   While in Ouray,  he had rung Suzuki in Salt Lake City, & was told the part would cost $120 & take a week to get in.  He then rang the spare parts place in Moab, who said they could get a non-genuine part in, at a cost of $29, and they would have it within 24 hours, flown in from the opposite side of the country, very impressed.    

Now, just a bit of background to our amazing mechanic!....Jason is about 38yrs old, and when he was only 4 yrs old he was nearly killed after he got an electric shock which blew his right arm off just below the elbow.  A high voltage wire was brought down in a storm, and he touched it, and he received 20,000 volt shock.  At the time his mum was only 23, he told us he can remember it happening, and how traumatic it was for his parents. 

It is so amazing, what he is able to do. He had to get under our car, laying on the hard ground, no ramps. It took him about an hour, and only cost $45 for labour. He replaced the clutch slave cylinder, with no worries at all. After he had finished, Mike asked him if he could check out the wheel on our RV. After looking at it he told us that we  needed to change the oil in the hub which required him to take off the wheel. It was more of a 'just in case' job rather than a necessity.  It is a difficult task taking a wheel off an RV, and Mike, without thinking, pulled the absolute faux pas! (fopar just for Jude!).    Talk about foot in mouth.....He said to our brilliant mechanic .........  his words EXACTLY!    'This is a big job, You will definitely need to have a hand to get this off'!!!  Wow!  He was filming at the time...... I felt like crawling underneath the van and disappearing!!!

Anyway, he was fantastic, and it was a real credit to him, to see how he has been able to have a career and be well known in this area as one of the best mechanics.

We have seen a lot of cars & utes (pick up trucks, as they are called here that would never be allowed to be road legal in Australia) they are massive, & the wheels are just so ridiculously wide. Once our car was fixed, we went on a number of 4wd trails, which was a lot of fun. 

The Potash trail, (we drove this with Steve & Beth a number of years ago & Beth even punched Mike, when she thought he was being silly!) is quite scary in parts, as it goes from deep in the valley, on various switchbacks up the side of the mountain on a narrow dirt road, and a sheer drop down the side. I was very brave & stood on a rock that jutted out over the edge of a huge canyon. It was quite windy, which made it scarier.  

We were driving along one of the trails, little Suzi in low range, then the road just ended, and we came to a  1000ft drop with  amazing views across the valley!    We took another trail, that went round the side of a mountain, only wide enough for 1 car, once again sheer drops into the valley, it then started raining & hailing. We were following a couple in a jeep & chatted to them.  He had a handgun in a holster strapped to him, in case he needed it, not sure if it was for protection against humans or animals.  Apparently it is completely ok to walk down the street with the gun on him. Normally he would wear a jacket so it is concealed, but there is no problem if it isn't.  

The  Moab Rim, is an extreme trail, so we watched an older couple,  in a jeep, going up & over
what is just large rocks & not much of a trail at all.  He told us, that more jeeps roll over on the way down, as it is very steep. 

We then continued up the road to Hurrah Pass, which was a good 4wd track & found a spot to drive out on an extraordinarily  narrow peninsula on the top of the canyon and got our chairs out, lunch,  music & enjoyed a couple of hours thereWe only had a few feet either side of the car, before a 1000ft (300 metres) drop on all sides.  Talk about living on the edge!!  Mike rode his bike round to another part to take a film & photo of the car.  

On the weekend there was a Car show on which brought a lot of extra visitors to Moab.  People
drove all sorts of cars to show off their muscle strength, & once again, most of them would not be road legal in Australia.  We followed the crowd,  & sat on our camp chairs on the side of
the road,  to watch them go up & down the street.  On Saturday morning, we rode our bikes to the local park to look at them all.  Michael loved it, Boofie & Dummar loved it, & I must say, there were some very impressive cars there, and I also enjoyed it.

We also drove to the place where the  Citibank add was filmed where a lady climbs up a ginormous, tall but thin rock  & stands up on the top, quite amazing.  check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIjGaDUp6FY    worth seeing!

And if anyone has seen the film of the true story of the man who was hiking in a narrow canyon, and his arm got wedged by a falling rock, & he had to cut off his arm, else he would have died.  This also happened in the Moab area. The film was called 127 hours.  

We had a great time in this place then from here we travelled to Bryce Canyon, through the Escalante Mountains.  Each of the National Parks are so different, and the canyons are so unique in their beauty. Bryce is impressive, and we visited the different lookout areas, and did
some hiking along the rim.  Once again, we had lovely weather. We were able to have a fire at night, so it was nice doing our readings outside.  We walked over to Ruby's Lodge for a coffee, and visited Old Bryce Town.  A great stay here.   

Anyway that's all, Bye for now, thanks for reading the blog, and we LOVE reading your comments, keep safe and well,  God bless....Miss you all.   

Next blog.....Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole & Yellowstone National Park,  God Willing 
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