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I managed to withstand Las Vegas for a full 24 hours before I had to flee back to the desert. I cranked Cheryl Crow and bolted back north. My aunt and uncle had recommended Valley of Fire State Park and I stopped in for a look-see.

I was only able to visit a few of the readily-accessible attractions (rocks and rock art), but I did appreciate the late-afternoon light.

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I reluctantly turned toward St. George, but couldn't resist another photo.

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And, just out of the park, one more.

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I rolled into St. George a bit late and fell into bed. The next day, it was back on the road, with a few more family treasures stuffed into my jam-packed Honda Civic. I made a quick stop at the Kolob section of Zion National Park for a blustery but scenic walk before aiming my sights at the San Rafael Swell. I was not to be denied this time around.

I didn't have time to do much besides stop at all of the scenic overlooks, but my appetite was most certainly whetted for two days of upcoming exploration.

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My camping aspirations were once again thwarted and I retreated to the Motel 6 in Green River. It's really quite adequate. A short stroll at sunset proved to be most rewarding.

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I slept long and hard and awoke ready, finally, for a good long-ish ride. Many thanks are due to Chuky for both inspiration and beta. I managed to find the start of my intended ride and set off. It started near a notable landmark.

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A bit of a climb proved to be a fine warmup.

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This area warrants a great deal more exploration. This was not the only enticing trail wandering across the landscape.

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Familar landmarks at an unfamiliar distance.

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Ahhh.

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It was a lovely ride on a lovely day. I was thrilled to be out of the wind, at least momentarily. It felt great to just relax and pedal for a couple of hours. I also really enjoyed the relative tranquility of this area, especially compared with Moab. It is high on my list of areas to revisit; the possibilities are tremendously enticing.
 

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Nice! Thanks for sharing your spring break adventures with us.
 

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I envy your photography skills.
 

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Nice! Great photos! The swell is a really cool place. From what little time I've spent there it seems like a better place for hiking/backpacking than riding, but I do think there is some good bike accessible places there.
 

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scorpionwoman said:
Nice! Thanks for sharing your spring break adventures with us.
I'm glad you like. Sorry I couldn't find more flowers for you ;). I was a little ahead of the season for the most part.
 

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Trails in the Swell?

Check out Five Miles of Hell and Iron Wash. They'll give you a couple of days of riding and walking. They're more than most people dare to challenge.
 
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