Lorin is Danâ€™s sister and agreed to let me stay with her and her boyfriend, Ryan, for the night. They both have to work, so I spend some time catching up on writing, emails, and other things. We spend the night playing with their cat, Chloe, and watching a movie.
The next day, Jason (Lorin’s boyfriend) and I chat about rides that I can take on the way to Flaming Gorge where I plan on camping out for the night. I take down a few sets of directions and shoot the shit with Jason for a while. He heads off to work.
Lorin and I start to talk and work on a 1000 piece puzzle, something which I used to love to do as a kid but havenâ€™t done in years. We end up doing it for almost an hour, both of us saying how we need to go but neither of us leaving until we get a corner piece completed.
Iâ€™m headed to Flaming Gorge, UT today, on recommendation from Lorinâ€™s boyfriend, Jason. He gave me a few route options to get there, so I pack up and head South (not for the last time this trip).
Wyoming is absolutely beautiful along the Snake River. I dream of owning a ranch out here and having my own adventure business. Heyâ€¦ maybe in a few years.
I see a 10 mile curvy looking road further ahead on my GPS named Water Canyon, and decide to check it out. It starts off as a normal dirt road through the mountains, so I continue on loving the scenery, trying to see if I can have my first glimpse of a bear. Itâ€™s definitely bear country, as I see fresh paw prints in the trail. After a mile or 2, the road starts to turn a little worse, with ruts, washouts, and rocks. After another mile, it turns into a legitimate 2-track.
Another couple of miles away, the trail turns into a single track covered in jagged rocks, following a small creek through a valley. I get to a point where I canâ€™t continue on. Thereâ€™s a 3 foot drop off a rock onto more jagged rocks, with about 3 feet worth of trail before it drops down to the creek. I take some time to walk up the trail to see if it got any worse, and decide that Iâ€™m going to ride through. The thought of turning around and going back 10 miles on this trail, just to get to the same place thatâ€™s 200 yards from me right now makes me really look for a way to solve this problem. I start digging some of the rocks up, throwing dirt into crevasses, , bushwacking the side of the trail to give myself some breathing room, and removing all of my luggage to give myself a little extra space and ease of handling a lighter bike.
I took a good amount of video footage today when I went off road, so I will try to edit that and get it uploaded soon.
I do eventually make it to the road, after getting past the 2 sheep dog who were growling and hiding in the bushes and a few hundred skittish sheep. I was exhausted, sore, and had a headache from the altitude, so I stopped at the next place I saw to lay down and relax for a bit.
Stateline Cove is a dispersed campground in the Flaming Gorge. Dispersed campgrounds are basically areas where anyone can camp for a small fee, but very few if any facilities are provided. Itâ€™s very cheap at $5-$10 a night, typically private as you can choose your own camping spot, and the locations are often times the most beautiful.
It gets very cold at night, as Iâ€™m in the high desert. I sleep comfortably and am up at sunrise, which comes right over the mountains across the lake.
Next stop: Moab, UT