The Big Ride – Natural wonders (More from Utah)

My visit to Utah was filled with a number of great sights to see and some pretty amazing roads to ride.  If you checked out my last post you may have already viewed Part 1 of the video from Capitol Reef National Park.  I’ve broken up the ride into three parts.  Here’s Part 2 and Part 3 from what was a pretty awesome ride!

My time in Utah included a visit to Natural Bridges National Monument Park which has three natural arches all located within a couple miles of each other. The only other place in the world where such a marvel can be found is China.

The three bridges in the park are named Kachina, Owachomo, and Sipapu (the largest), which are all Hopi names. A natural bridge is formed by erosion from water flowing in the stream bed of the canyon. During periods of flash floods the streams wash against the rock walls and in time erodes the stone until the new stream bed then flows underneath the newly formed bridge. Eventually, as erosion and gravity enlarge the bridge’s opening, the bridge collapses under its own weight. There is evidence of at least two collapsed natural bridges within the park.

Here are a few photos from my time in the park which happened to be the third “rain day” that I’ve had since leaving home on May 13, 2015 which is a marvel unto itself!

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The Park is located on Highway 95 and was designated a National Monument by President Roosevelt in 1908, making it accessible to anyone who wanted to come and see the amazing wonders of Nature.  It’s a haven for hikers!

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This is the oldest and the most delicate of the Natural Bridges located at the Natural Bridges National Memorial Park on Highway 95.  The river that formed the bridge has long since changed its course and is now many miles away from here
Owachomo is the oldest and the most delicate of the Natural Bridges located at the Natural Bridges National Memorial Park on Highway 95. The river that formed the bridge has long since changed its course and now flows many miles away from here
I love that way this rock has been formed over time
I love that way this rock has been formed over time

And here are a few more photos of my ride from Hanksville to Moab, Utah by way of the Scenic Byway (Highway 95) and Highway 191.

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I love the way the road winds through the canyon - it made for an awesome ride!
I love the way the road winds through the canyon – it made for an awesome ride!

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One of the beautiful vistas found on Highway 95, one of the Scenic Byways in Southern Utah
One of the many beautiful vistas found on Highway 95, a Scenic Byway in Southern Utah

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Another of the beautiful wildflowers found in Utah
Beautiful wildflowers found on my ride
Church Rock is quite amazing in that it stands alone in a field - It makes you wonder how it ended up there in the first place
Church Rock is quite amazing in that it stands alone in a field – It makes you wonder how it ended up there in the first place
The wind and rain continue to smooth out the many rock formations that are found in Utah
The wind and rain continue to smooth out the many rock formations that are found in Utah

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Wilsons Arch is south of Moab on Route 119 and just one of the many natural arches that Nature has carved out of the stone
Wilsons Arch is south of Moab on Route 119 and just one of the many natural arches that Nature has carved out of the stone
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Such an incredible array of unique formations can be found in Southern Utah

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ATVs can be rented at a number of locations in Moab, Utah and is a great way to cehck out the area - rock climbing with 4 wheelers is very popular
ATVs can be rented at a number of locations in Moab, Utah and is a great way to check out the area – rock climbing with 4 wheelers is very popular
Local art
Local art
Enjoying one of the many excellent cafes and restaurants in Moab, Utah after a great day of touring the  amazing sites in the surrounding area
Enjoying one of the many open air restaurants in Moab, Utah after a great day of touring the area

There was so much to see and do in Utah that I’ll have one more post from the area before moving on.  Stay tuned for the final episode which will include some awesome photos from my visit to Arches National Park and a video from my ride along the Colorado River. Until then, go with the flow…it’s easier to paddle in that direction.

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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!

One thought on “The Big Ride – Natural wonders (More from Utah)

  1. Utah quite impressive……been looking at your Blog at lot since last night and it is wonderful how we get to visit along with you! Nice blog…..wonderful pictures and indeed a wonderful dream come true for you!!

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