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Motorcycle Trip: Part 7 of 9

Originally written: October 4th, 2010

Jackson, Wyoming

Jackson gives me the impression of being a nice little town.  Although they must get millions of visitors for the year, for both ski season and summertime in the national parks, the place still has that small town feel to it.  The center of town has plenty of shops, galleries and places to eat, while the main attraction is the elk antler arches under which you can walk to get into the town square.  If I could afford the lifestyle, Jackson, Wyoming would be a place I would call home.

Concerned about the forecast calling for bad weather, we decided to leave Jackson and begin the journey back to Phoenix.  There is a Harley-Davidson store in Jackson which sells retail Harley products, but they do not offer repairs or service.  They do however sell tires.  Dad had to buy a tire at the Harley place at nine am, the man replacing the tire picked the tire up on his way to his shop and we met him there at ten am.  We went for breakfast and were on the road by eleven o’clock.

The ride was a scenic masterpiece.  We road parallel to the Hoback River, riding in and out of the shadows cast by the canyon walls.  The temperature dropped rapidly as we darted in and out of the shade, but as we came out of the canyon the sun was shining on us.  We stopped for gas in Meeteese, WY at a small store/bar called the Elkhorn.  What a unique place.  It has two or three separate rooms, plus a bar, wood floors and country music on the jukebox.  Seemed like a place where locals would hang out.

Along today’s ride we passed through an area called Flaming Gorge.  It is a beautiful recreation area built around the Flaming Gorge dam and reservoir.  To my eyes, the dam was a mini version on the Hoover dam.  Curvy roads, hills, and no traffic; who could ask for anything more?

We ended today’s leg of the trip in the city of Vernal, Utah, smack dab in the heart of Dinosaurland and close to Dinosaur National Monument.  Apparently, northeastern Utah is considered Dinosaurland due to the large amount of dinosaur bones and fossils.  In fact, right on Main Street they have a statue of a T-Rex type dinosaur with a top hat eating a watermelon…pure Americana.  I had taken a photo of this artistic masterpiece on my phone, but I was unable to locate the picture.