Day 26: Delta, UT to Ely, NV

This was the worst day ever, in all of my five years of biking on the Road to Discovery. This was definitely the most challenging day I have ever had.

We rolled out of the parking lot at 3 a.m.  It was a bit windy, but coming off the best day ever, I was optimistic this would be another wonderful day.  The sunrise was spectacular, but as the sun came up, things started to deteriorate.

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Day 25: Orem to Delta, UT

Today’s ride started off very warm, bright, and early at 4:00 a.m.  The ride was flat for the first third, all up hill for the second third, and downhill into Delta for the final third.  It was the best ride ever!  The conditions were just ideal and if there was ever a perfect day for riding, today was the day. The scenery in Utah is so beautiful—I can’t stop taking about it.

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Day 23: Craig, CO to Vernal, UT

Today’s ride was just as spectacular as yesterday’s from Granby to Craig. The morning started off very cold again, in the low 40s, but by the time we reached Vernal, the temperature was above 90—a 50-degree swing.  What made the ride today so special was the breathtaking shift in the landscape.

As we left Craig, the heavy rains and snow melt has left lush, green, and blooming fields everywhere—a mountainous landscape is so beautiful all covered in green.  As we approached Utah, in a span of about 10 miles, the arid, dry, brown desert landscape began to dominate.

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Day 27: Park City, UT to West Wendover, NV

Today was a day full of new sights and I felt like a tourist rather than a bicyclist passing through.  First we stopped at the Park City Olympic Center,  really a neat place where they awarded many of the medals during the 2002 Winter Olympics.  We left Park City early on a beautiful hill climb outside of town, and we must have passed several hundred other bicyclists. It is a bicycle heaven out here in Utah.

We descended into Salt Lake City – I mean a really steep descent – and the first stop was “This is the Place” Heritage Park. The park marks the location during the 1847 migration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where their leader, Brigham Young, announced that they had arrived at the spot that fulfilled his vision to “make the desert blossom like a rose.” He was riding in the back of a wagon because he was ill with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, but when the Mormon pioneers reached the crest of a small hill, he looked down into the valley and gave the word: “It is enough. This is the right place. Drive on.” Heritage Park is absolutely stunning for its beauty and its history.

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