For some reason we didn't fill up the bikes right away but planned on doing so somewhere along I-15 North East of Las Vegas. Interesting enough, civilization stops very suddenly when you drive out of the Las Vegas metropolitan area.
Neither my cell phone nor the GPS showed another gas station for quite some distance, so we decided if we wouldn't find one before or at the next major intersection (with NV93) we'd turn around and play it safe.
Fortunately, both phone and GPS were completely wrong. There is a huge gas station at the I-15/NV93 intersection and there are more coming further North, too. Lesson learned: don't trust the GPS or phone to find the nearest gas station, but also don't rely on them to be super close together - especially not in States like Nevada, Utah, or Arizona where there are long stretches through deserts and other non-populated areas that might or might not have an open (!) gas station.
Anyways, desert climate aside, once you get close or into Zion National Park, there is some amazing nature to be seen.
|Flower right before the entrance to Zion National Park|
|Close to Zion NP|
|"Schattenparker" (Shade Parker?)|
|Entrance to Zion|
We basically just passed through as Zion was not on our list of "To Dos" for this time. We had been in this area before, also to Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon, our target area was further East. But as it is some amazing landscape, here are more photos we took along the way (sometimes with the bikes, just to prove that we didn't use pictures from other trips we took ...).
|Along Route 9|
|"Find the House" (Click for larger view)|
|Still in Zion NP|
Once we were through Zion, we slowly made our way East on 9, North on 89, West on 14, and then turned towards Brian Head.
Brian Head is basically a Ski Resort that was virtually deserted when we were there as the snow was gone and it didn't look like anything else would happen up there.
|On the way to Brian Head, yes that is snow|
|Well deserved dinner at the Double Tree Resort & Spa, Brian Head, Utah|
The way to Brian Head also had a special challenge for me - quite a lot of deer along the way. That evening we saw a few along the road. Same the next morning when we headed on. We were extra careful and didn't have any scary situations luckily.
This was also the last of our pre-booked hotels. More to come ...