|Mary and Frank display our disappointed notice|
We are all saddened, disappointed and frustrated by the closing of the National Parks. I won't wax political here and will stop with that statement.
The first part of our route was on a highway. Headwind, chipseal, and rumble strips are not the cyclists best friends. The most I can say is that we had a wide enough shoulder to feel safe. After that we rode on a dedicated paved bike path to our lunch stop.
At the beginning of the bike trail we made a stop at Red Canyon Visitor Center, which was of course closed. We did take a little mile long walk through the area and Kirk, a horticulturist, did some show and tell of the trees and other vegetation.
|Hiking up the hill|
|Kirk explains about he Pinion Pine Nuts that were an important food source|
|Kirk has a rapt audience|
|Peter smells the Ponderosa Pine for a hint of Vanilla|
|A better photo of George, who retired to Bend|
|Frank begins the uphill walk|
|David listens attentively|
|A microcosm of Bryce Canyon|
After our hike we began the ride on the bike path. This would start the climb to our destination. Even with the hills we had to climb, it was a delightful 8+ mile path. Compared to yesterday's 13%d er, this seemed fairly easy. Well, at least not a struggle even if in the granniest of gears. The path wound up, down and around through a canyon that afforded us some nice views,
|A view from the trail across the car traffic road|
We reached Ruby's Inn (established in 1916) at the edge of the Park a bit too early to check in. We did do the additional couple of miles bike ride to the CLOSED gate -- just because. Ruby's owns a huge amount of land. We drove to a viewpoint on the private land and took a half hour walk along the rim to get at least a glimpse of some of the Canyon.
|On our walk along the rim on Ruby's land|
Not nearly as spectacular as the real thing, but we did the best we could. Tomorrow our plan of biking and/or hiking in Bryce Canyon has changed to biking to a state park and another area.