Utah Utopia

The trail improved, for those of you wondering where I was it's the Cottonwood Canyon Trail. I had taken Thelma through some water to clean her off a bit, the air is so hot and dry that she soon dried off.

We had plenty of these for company..I think it's a chipmunk, but the only ones I've ever seen before have been cartoon ones

Grosvenor Arch was reached, I attempted to ride up the footpath that starts round to the left of the escarpment, but decided discretion was the better part of valour considering I was on my own and turned round before I got too high.

  I was relievd to see that I had reached the end of the road closed section, the car drivers were  looking at me a bit curiously as I took photos of the sign.

Fatigue overtook me and I stopped for a nap in a quiet spot with Thelma standing guard

Thelma woke me up after 30 minutes by suddenly dripping petrol from her right-side carburettoand the smell awoke me, she did this deliberately, as she's had no leak before or since then.
Riding on a I found this place, an old fashioned Drive In Movie Theatre with the convertibles already in place. Every night they show films from the forties, fifties and sixties

I lined Thelma up with the cars

but, somehow, sitting on a motorbike is not the same as sitting in a car
Mark, the bloke who runs the place was really friendly and let me have a look around, it's an amazing place as it's in an Airstream Caravan Park, I'd love to stay in one sometime.

http://www.shootingstardrive-in.com/

All the way through southern Utah, there was the most amazing scenery, this was another spot where I put my tent up as it was getting dark and woke up to find incredible views across the valley, this is just outside Escalante

I like the small towns, this is the petrol station at Boulder, Utah, run by a very friendly guy who was happy to chat about life in the valley. I was most impressed to find that he stocked lots of organic and vegetarian options, so I sat and had breakfast, chatting to the locals

Red cliffs were beckoning me onwards, this is more the sort of scenery that Utah is famous for

I had the luxury of time to explore some of the slot canyons- awesome to see

A couple on a Harley took this picture- they were very amused by my mud-splattered appearance

Ahead, the Burr Trail was unfolding into the desert