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TRAVELING IN UTAH

A Particularly Adventurous Day

rain 38 °F

Howdy!

The clouds were hanging low over Bryce Canyon obscuring the snow-covered mountains. The cold rain was falling and the temps were in the high 30's. I hooked up the car and detached the 50 amp. electrical cord in this wet mess as I longed to be back in FL!! I proceeded out of the Park and as I slowly passed through the 2 tunnels someone took my picture. The tunnel height, as I mentioned was posted at 14' and the mh height is 13'5". Proceeding slowly on the centerline I noticed someone taking my picture as I exited. The clearance must have been close, perhaps 2", on the edge for the tunnel is arched. Enough for a photo-op! Connecting with US Hwy 89 northward along a winding road, paralleling a stream bed, & through canyons for about 40 miles, I eventually climbed onto a high plains. About that time the driver's side windshield wiper flew off and shortly thereafter the suction cup holding the GPS devise on the dash dropped into my lap. It was raining, no wiper, and my navigation devise is in my lap. A problem! Pulling off on the shoulder I re-attached the GPS and continued on with a rain-smeared windshield. Fortunately, the rain was sporatic until I approached Richfield when it intensified. US 89 and I-70 merge about 5 miles south of Richfield so travel on the Interstate Highway in the rain with semi's passing created a challenge. My only reference was the painted line on the right side of the highway. Suddenly, the rain stopped, the road became dry and I was approaching the exit at Richfield. Good fortune!

The Elks Lodge at RIchfield, UT was my destination for Salt Lake City was a 5 hr. drive in the rain, so I thought. My GPS led me to the Elks Lodge located on the outskirts of town on a road paralleling 1-70. As I approached I found a crumbling parking lot covered with tall weeds and a 'Closed' sign nailed to the front door. Bankrupsy? A roadsign in front of the Lodge alerted 'End of Pavement'. Problem! I noticed a dilapitdated farm at the edge of the dirt road. It had a large barnyard so I boldly turned into the yard, did a u-turn with car in tow, and drove right out. Fortunately, upon arriving in town I noticed a KOA sign. Googling KOA Richfield led me to the campground where the friendly folks had space available. Whew!

Richfield, with a pop. of 7,500, fortunately for me, has a Wal-mart. There, I got replacement wiper blades and also refilled 2 prescriptions which had run out a couple of days ago. Returning to the campground I installed the wiper blades in the cold air for snow is on the nearby mountains. All-in-all it was a day to remember. My only regret is that I did not get to meet any of my Elks brethren!

Tomorrow its on to Salt Lake City (about 3 hr. drive) and its Elks Lodge. I will meet friends for dinner Sat. Eve., then our Advisory Board colleagues on Sunday and Monday for meetings at the hotel.

Posted by dixter 07:48 Archived in USA

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