Today we get up and are on the road by 8:00 to make it to Zion National Park before the parking spots are gone. We go through the 1.1 mile tunnel to start. While waiting to go through we see mountain sheep.
We get up and it is not raining! We leave at 9 and head to Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park. We sign releases and are off on our ATV trip through the dunes. Rick and I ride together. It was a lot of fun.
We get up at 7:30, it has rained all night. Breakfast at 8 with all the group. It is still raining. The ATV trip at Coral Pink Sand Dunes and lunch have been canceled. There has been so much rain and flooding that Zion Park is closed! The dry stream beds are now rushing with chocolate color water.
We decide to go 17 miles to Kanab for lunch. Rick is not feeling any better and right after lunch we decide we better find out what is going on. So how better to spend a rainy day than in ER???
Good news – No appy – just severe gastro with treatment just taking Pepto!
On our way back it is still raining but Rick feels better just knowing nothing serious is wrong, so we stop and go to the Moqui Cave. It was very interesting. Back to the motel and finish the day with dinner with Roger and Karen.
We get up at 5:30, have breakfast at 6, get Subway sandwiches and on the road by 7:15. It is hot, dry and windy but not quite as windy as yesterday. Rick’s gut starts bothering him with severe abdominal cramps. He takes some imodium and can’t wait to get to Rachel. Hwy. 365 has got to be the biggest contestant for “loneliest highway”. It goes forever and there is nothing, but this roundup of cattle.
We make it to Ash Springs for gas and have our picnic lunch – but not Rick, he spends his time in the bathroom. The Laughlins and Gashs head on wanting to get in before dark. We leave about 10 minutes later to continue on our own. We continue onto Cedar City and get gas, Rick decides he can make it so we don’t stop at ER. On our way over Hwy. 14 we just miss being involved in a terrible accident by literally seconds. A pickup with a utility trailer lost control on the curve and wet pavement coming down the hill towards us and hit the two pickups right behind us. We stop and help at the scene The second pickup had four children so I helped with the four year old. It took rescue an hour to get there because of no cell coverage. We finally go on and the fall colors are pretty.
This trip had a rough start. A month before it was to start we were on our way up Spooner to Lake Tahoe (to Roger’s funeral-who was to join us on this trip) when all of a sudden we hear a loud bang and we pull to the side of the road. The engine on Tin Lizzie lost a rod and it was the first time in 50 years that Rick couldn’t fix her and had to have her towed home!
After a month’s worth of work on replacing her engine we started the trip today. Traveling from Verdi to Tonapah didn’t have anything new to take pictures of today. Not to mention the dust from the heavy winds didn’t make for nice scenery. Roger Gash lead us through a different route with very little traffic, or can we say no traffic, that made it nice. We traveled about 50 mph or slower at times with the winds which made it nice for a new engine.