Day 63

September 7th, 2007

From Ferron to Emery, via Little Grand Canyon of Utah and the San Rafael Swell
Part 1

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After getting a lot of recommendations and advice from folks used to desert riding, we hit the road, just the two of guide, no group...
A map, a GPS, the desert...

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Euh.... If I remember correctly, a couple of days ago, we had... Thunderstorms...All day long...Interesting...

This time of the year, flash floods are frequents, and serious...

..."Hurry up!! Take that picture...!!"


Pfiou! There's only a small stream down that one...


Roads across the Swell:
For France, it's a nice road with all kinds of cool plants that shine in the sun along it...


...While for Marc, it's a playground...


...A perfect landing!! (Well, maybe a little shaky...)



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Another kind of playground...How can we know how deep it is?? With all this rain we had, it might be pretty deep...Only one way to find out for sure...Try it...On foot, of course...

Armed with a stick, Marc tests the bottom of the river...About 6 inches of mud to start and then, about 8 inches of water, the bottom is very solid, it's all rocks.

Piece of cake!!

Did you note the difference in vegetation?

Around the San Rafael river: Kinda looks like mini palm trees...



...And that's about 1000 ft from the river...


That just about says it all...To survive here, you, everything, needs water, lots of it...The air is very dry, we're at over 6000ft elevation, and the sun shines hard! We should make an habit of driking at least the equivalent of one glass of water every hour, thirsty or not. Otherwise, if you wait until you're thirsty to start driking, you'll never be able to quench your thirst.



Yeah ! We made it...this far...
Yeah ! After heavy down pours, the rivers rise dramatically and very quickly. Fortunately, they come back down pretty quick also. That made it possible for us to cross them 2 days after the storms. But we just got into the Swell, we still have about 3/4 of it still ahead of us....
Bof... "Flash floods".
Bof... ...On the other hand...A little flash floodding would have been cool...



Utah rocks!






















...and more rocks...










....Piles, mountains of rocks...











...of all shapes...









...sizes and colors...





Cows recreate too???


Here we are at our destination for tonight.


...There's nothing anybody can do about it...He has to do it...everytime!!!
"Marc!! Please come down!!"


Understand why it's called the "Little Grand Canyon of Utah"?



If the old man seems to have quite a belly on this picture, it's strictly due to the pack sack that pushes him forward...;)


Your comment here...


( Yes you are right, we really are very fortunate to be here...But, you can be here also, if you really want it...Is'nt that why they call America the land of opportunity??)


Sunset on the canyon. (Ok, lets see if you're following closely: Can you notice something different with the quad? Something very obvious...)


The hardest part yet is to decide which photos will make the site...

A little romantic dinner. Alone, canyon side, sunset, bottle of wine...


..."Marc, did you double check the support legs under the tent? We're going to test them...

Coming soon, part 2 of our trek across the San Rafael Swell...
...The unknown (to us...), the unexpected (to anybody...). Stay with us !!


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Au / At    Little Grand                 Canyon
Date       7 sept / Sept 7th
Lat    N    39 05 36
Long  W  110 45 32
Elevation  6292 pieds/feet


50C   122F
  40C   104F
30C   86F
20C   68F
10C   50F
0C   32F
-5C   23F
-10C   14F
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Hitting hard!!!

Our noses bleed and our lips peel...











No "flash floods".
A few places where the roads are washed out pretty severely.

Les statistiques


48 Miles
2525 Miles: à date/to date
$20 Resto
$33 Épicerie/Food
$70 Essence/fuel
$0 Camping
$25 Divers/Misc.
$148 Total






-steaks + rice +
  vino... romantic...



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