|Map, and elevation change graph for Day 3.|
Elevation graph: x-axis starts at 0 miles. Each hatch mark equals 10 miles.
y-axis starts at 7000 ft., each hatch mark equals 1000 ft.
|Climbing the mountain, Tim approaches our FJ Cruiser,|
the ultimate SAG (support and gear) wagon.
|Tim at the summit. This was the high point of the|
235 mile ride. Tim reported no ill effects from the altitude!
|View from the summit of Boulder Mountain, looking east into|
Capitol Reef National Park and to the Henry Mountains.
|Cruising down the mountain and into the town of Boulder.|
|Day three's welcome destination, Boulder Mountain Lodge.|
With the bikes secured to posts outside our rooms the three of us hopped in the car and drove into the National Monument. Our destination was an unnamed slot canyon, 22 miles from the lodge. Following directions handed to us by the receptionist at check-in we found the small parking area on the side of the road and walked the dusty trail to the hidden slot. Towering walls closed in around us; we looked up to spy just a sliver of blue sky several hundred feet above our heads.
|Under the cottonwoods at the entrance to the|
hidden slot canyon.
|Inside the slot: a sliver of sunlight|
reaches into this amazing "secret" canyon.
|Sandstone formations such as these make the Grand|
Staircase Escalante National Monument a geologist's dream.
We returned to Boulder Mountain Lodge for dinner at Hell's Backbone Grill. The restaurant serves organic and home-grown food; fruits and vegetable are harvested from their own organic farm. After dining on blue corn encrusted trout and grilled pork tenderloin we gathered on the lodge's back porch overlooking a small pond. We listened to the evening calls of ducks and geese and watched bats swoop to and fro in the twilight—a fitting end to another day of adventure.
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