This was a long ride with a difficult climb to the top of Salvation Knoll Summit. Ed and I had stopped for breakfast at a local café and the owner warned us about the climb. It was 14 miles long and had an elevation change of over 2000 feet. She was right about the warning. After that climb the rest of the ride was basically downhill.
Now the triple digit items. This was our first day over 100 degrees thus the triple digit for all. Then many of the team opted to take a site venture ride into the Natural Bridges National Monument Park which added 19 miles to the ride and made the second triple digit item for the day. Since this was our first triple digit temperature day we took special precautions to ensure no one in the latter group of riders were riding alone. That gave some of us a chance to experience a different view of the ride.
The camp site at HITE Recreation Area was not one of the best and there wasn’t any real services other than a convenience store. So to help out Kye did double duty. She supported me at rest stops one and two then went back to Blanding to help the MS staff get pizza for our evening meal. She put a lot of miles on the car and stress on her but she was amazing.
This camp site was a great place to do some star gazing which Kye and I did at 4:00 a.m. We were able to see the space lab and some other satellites as well as lots of stars.