Happy birthday Zoe. (my daughter)
Today we set off intending to ride around the 'White Rim Trail'. We measured it on the map (Google Earth) and the distance total was around 140 miles. Easily do-able with a tank that on normal roads would do 200 miles. When we set out and programmed the GPS it turned out that the actual distance was 190 miles. It was unlikely that the bike would go the full distance and the thought of being stuck 50 odd miles from the nearest petrol station did not fill me with joy. Whilst I was chewing this over and approached the turn off for the trail we were flagged down by a couple in a white car. They were waving madly at us as though they had broken down. We thought this a bit odd as we were in a National Park. We rode over to them and they said Hi Ray ! Whaaaaaaaat !
It was Brian and Kelly, a couple on a BMW we met in Hyder, Alaska, in mid June. They recognised our bike. Brian is a South African now living in High Wycombe, Hertfordshire, with his English wife Kelly. They has hired a car for the day to do some touring in the park. We had a surreal conversation for about 10 minutes and agreed to meet up for dinner later.
|We forgot to take any photos so and they do not take many as a couple so I stole this old one from their web site. I hope they do not mind, (Brian is about 6 feet 12 inches !)|
One thing Brian told me about was about a compromise route that we could take that was overall a lot shorter. The route was called the Shaffer Trail and took in some of our original intended route so we did a bit of both.
The views were spectacular
|This is part of our route, we just have to get there first.|
|An idiot abroad.|
|This is how we get down !|
|And musclewoman gingerly walking over it. This took some guts considering the drop either side.|
|We saw this one with its baby a couple of minutes later.|
|One of the salt pans on the route back. Scary when you consider that 5 miles further up the Colorado there is a uranium mine that is being filled in!|
When we got back we chilled out for a while and then met Brian and Kelly for Dinner. We had a great evening. The girls and the boys seemed to click very well and when we get back to the UK we will definitely look them up. You have been warned guys ;-)
Friday 16th August 2013 Miles Today 0 Total 17,625