The picture hardly does justice to what this actually looks like in real time - vistas such as this one left me in a state of awe!

The Big Ride – When you know you know (Part 2 – Bryce Canyon, Utah)

As I mentioned in my previous blog, when I was planning The Big Ride, Utah was very high on my list.  So much so that I purchased a book on motorcycle touring of the State.

Any motorcyclist would agree that when you can combine a great technical ride that offers a few hills and challenging curves along with breathless vistas it’s a ride made in heaven!

That’s what riding in Utah was for me – a ride made in heaven.  Here’s a sampling of what I lived while in Bryce Canyon National Park along with a video of the ride through Capitol Reef National Park.

Outside of Panguitch, Utah on the way to Bryce Canyon National Park
Outside of Panguitch, Utah on the way to Bryce Canyon National Park
Riding through the high desert on the way to Bryce Canyon
Riding through the high desert on the way to Bryce Canyon
Riding through the Red Canyon on my way to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
Riding through the Red Canyon on my way to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
Another great photo from my ride in Red Canyon earlier in the day
Another great photo from my ride in Red Canyon earlier in the day

Here is a video compilation of a few of the lookouts in Bryce Canyon National Park, a haven for anyone who happens to enjoy hiking, cycling and rattlesnake watching.  Yes I did see a Diamond Back Rattlesnake while in the park!

Bryce Canyon City is located at the park entrance and has numerous touristy spots to check out
Bryce Canyon City is located at the park entrance and has numerous touristy spots to check out
Bryce Canyon National Park is a bucket list item for anyone who loves hiking, biking, motorcycling, rattlesnake watching and more!
Bryce Canyon National Park is a bucket list item for anyone who loves hiking, biking, motorcycling, rattlesnake watching and more!

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Natural bridge Bryce Canyon National Park is just one of the many natural bridges found in Utah and are created over several millions years from water erision
Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon National Park is just one of the many natural bridges found in Utah that have been created over several million years from water erosion

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Inspiration Point is one my favorite vistas in Bryce National Park – I can’t count the number of photos I have of this 🙂

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Ponderosa Point in Bryce Canyon
Ponderosa Point in Bryce Canyon

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Black Birch Canyon  is one of the many outlooks  in the Bryce Canyon National Park
Black Birch Canyon is one of the many outlooks in Bryce Canyon National Park

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Agua Canyon is one of the may spectacular lookouts in Bryce Canyon National Park
Agua Canyon is one of the may spectacular lookouts in Bryce Canyon National Park

The picture hardly does justice to what this actually looks like in real time - vistas such as this one left me in a state of awe!

Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
The rock formations have been sculpted over 35 to 50 million years - a meer moment in time
The rock formations have been sculpted over 35 to 50 million years – a mere moment in time
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Tommy (left) and Richard (right) were from California and happened to be staying at the same hotel in Panquitch, Utah and as chance would have it we ended up running into each other over the course of the day while touring Bryce Canyon National Park - I hope you had a safe ride to Sturgis
Tommy (left) and Richard (right) were from California and happened to be staying at the same hotel in Panguitch, Utah and as chance would have it we ended up running into each other over the course of the day while touring Bryce Canyon National Park – I hope you had a safe ride to Sturgis guys

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Wildflowers in Utah are abundant despite very little soil in the canyons
Wildflowers in Utah are abundant despite very little soil in the canyons

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After leaving Bryce Canyon National Park on my way to Hanksville Utah where I stayed the night, I had the pleasure of riding through Capitol Reef National Park.  This was a ride that I will never forget!  The Canyon was amazing to ride.  Here’s a video of only a small part of what can only be described as a ride Divine!

Capitol Reef National Park was incredible to ride through - it took my breath away!
Capitol Reef National Park was incredible to ride through – it took my breath away!
Another amazing photo from the Capitol Reef National Park
Another amazing photo from the Capitol Reef National Park
On the road in Capitol Reef National Park - if you are in Utah this is a must
On the road in Capitol Reef National Park – if you are in Utah this is a must
Riding through Capitol Reef National Park - simply amazing
Riding through Capitol Reef National Park – simply amazing
A stop to admire one of the many incredible vistas in southern Utah
A stop to admire one of the many incredible vistas in southern Utah

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The rock formations are incredible  in Utah
The rock formations are incredible in Utah

If you liked what you saw here keep an eye out for my next blog as I have more to share with you from my time in Utah.  Until then play safe and enjoy the journey of life.

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Bonnie St Julien

Bonnie St Julien provides personal development and professional leadership coaching and mentoring, to support individuals who aspire to make a positive and meaningful difference in who they are, in what they do and how they do it. Bonnie is an accredited certified Coach and a certified Professional Behaviours (DISC) and Driving Forces (Motivators) Analyst, with over 25 years of public sector management experience, including as an Executive Director. In addition to her professional experience, Bonnie has overcome a number of personal challenges, providing her the determination and inner strength needed to get though whatever life hands her. Bonnie is also an avid motorcyclist who embraces life and lives it fully! Calling on Bonnie's extensive professional and life experience, individuals who work with Bonnie are transformed through the coaching process by gaining self-awareness and by taking incremental concrete action steps to achieve their desired goal and create meaningful and sustainable results in their lives, their work, their organizations, and their world! If you are looking to transform your life, Bonnie is the coach for you!

6 thoughts on “The Big Ride – When you know you know (Part 2 – Bryce Canyon, Utah)

  1. Same as you, loved Utah… enjoyed to ride within the canyons! safe riding! Hope you were able to enjoy some hiking in Bryce, in addition of riding it is definitely worth some “hiking” 😉

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  2. The canyons are mesmerizing; like being in a cathedral! I’m truly in awe of the diversity of the landscapes you’re sharing here. And I love the hair colour, too!

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