Day Twentythree

Coyote Gulch, UT to Moab, UT
June 17th, 2009

High Point of the Day....
Low Point of the Day......
Waking up in our cave arch
Leaving our cave arch
Miles Traveled Today
Total Miles Traveled
The Bus Playlist
273 in the bus, 7 on foot
The Roots, ZZ Top, Ghostland Observatory
Sunny, overcast, and windy
Price of Gas 
(average per gallon)
Night's Lodging
Where this Page was Uploaded
Lizards, tadpoles, llamas, cows, horses
Moab KOA
Estes Park, CO

Daily Didactic
Our day began in easily one of coolest camp sites we've ever had. Our "cave arch" had a great view on the perfectly overcast hiking weather that would get us out of Coyote Gulch without baking in the sun. We're walking a fine line here. Sun could roast a couple of Alaskans and rain potentially brings a lot of water down the gulch and makes getting the bus out the Hole In The Rock road iffy. It took us about three and a half hours to return to the the Red Well trailhead. The sun started to peak out at the end of the hike, but more prominent were thunder clouds all around. It began raining just a bit as we drove another hour and a half back out to the highway.

We doubled the five miles back to Escalante to grab a snack and some gas before heading east on another couple of Utah's truly great highways. From Escalanate, Route 12 travels up and over another high pass, switches back and forth over 20 mile an hour hairpin turns, and then runs across a thin fin with no shoulders and monumental drop offs. In Torrey, the road heads east on Highway 24 through the Capital Reef National Monument which begins with amazing red rock cliffs and rock formations and segues into similar cliffs without any color other than gray. After Hanksville, Highway 24 assumes that "straight as an arrow" approach that roads can when they have no obstacles, until it hits I-70 which heads east with similar enthusiasm. After about 30 miles of gusty Interstate driving, Theresa took the Moab exit and we aimed for the thouroughly forgettable Moab KOA to take advantage of some laundry, electricity and showers.

Daily Pictures (Slide Show)

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Perhaps the most epic morning shot in three road trips No rain fly necessary
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The elegantly crafted kitchen table The trail out
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Also the trail out Erosion, we're pro
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A wrong turn up an old meander Sunflowers
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The mud is mighty red 'round here We saw a lot of deer and cow tracks, but only one set of these. We think muskrat
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Almost back to the bus, with ominous clouds forming all around Rain or no, pretty dry country
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Ruts in the Hole In The Rock road Poseys or Hell? Choices in Escalante
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Hairpin corner on Route 12 A meadow at 8000 feet on the summit before Torrey
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Lot's of steep We slowed down last trip, this time just a drive through
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Red cliffs Grey cliffs and some really uniformally placed deposits
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Vacancy Hanksville art
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When no obstacles impose roads naturally flow straight Late afternoon bus shadow
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We're shooting for Arches Moab, kids and stickers
The Moab KOA. there's a theme implied here, we're just not sure what

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