Got a slow start this morning, kind of on purpose, only have to make a couple hundred miles today. spent a few minutes deciding which way around the uinta mountains, northern route, throug Flaming Gorge, or southern route. Decided on the Flaming Gorge route, it only added 35 miles.
Turns out that was the right choice: it’s is gorgeous going up through the range there:
and they had some of my Biker Scum friends’ favorite creatures:
I then pulled a trick that Lara and I call ‘GPS Touring’: ask the GPS for a direct, shortest distance route to somewhere. In cities, this gets you routes through interesting neighborhoods, in the wilds, it leads to partially, once-upon-a-time-paved goat trails like this:
and scenery like this:
A perfect KTM road, it was awesome! many smiles/mile on that leg of the journey!
I made two observations during my travels that i’ll share today:
The first is about hotel-room coffee; nearly every hotel room these days has a little 4‑cup coffee maker. and most of them use the same 1 or brands of prepackaged coffee grounds. I *NEED* my coffee in the morning, especially when I’m on the road, so i’ve been making coffee in hotel rooms for about 3 weeks now. I can tell you this: the water makes the difference. Even if the hotel buys high quality coffee, if the have crap tap water, the coffee will only be mediocre. If the place has good-tasting tap water, the coffee will be acceptable, no mater what coffee they buy. I learned to make sure i had at least 4 cups of bottled water left in my hydration pack when i checked in, that way i could make good coffee.
The other observation is about restroom air hand dryers. Most public restrooms that you run into on the road have those awful warm-air hand dryers. They suck, we all know that. In one restroom I used, I think in New Mexico, I ran into a device called a Dyson Air-Blade. This is an air-hand dryer that really works. Flash tells me that they are everywhere in Japan, and it’s just because were a country of idiots that we still have the lame ‘World Dryer’ brand that we have. Hopefully, these things will take over the market, and one more source of petty inconvenience will be removed from our travelling lives.
Tomorrow, day 1 World Superbike Racing from Miller Motorsports Park!
keep the rubber side down,