February 22nd – Utah, Day 8
Posted on February 27, 2015
|Departure||Destination||Daily Drive Time||Total Drive Time||Daily Mileage||Total Mileage|
|Zion National Park||Bend OR||14.5 hours||45 Hours||960||2547|
Our final night in Utah was filled with uncertainty; the forecast called for a 90% chance of rain and a massive, heavy-looking winter storm was rolling its way across the southern half of the state. We had already purchased a permit the day before to hike the Subway, which was set to be our final hike. However, sometime around 2am, we started to hear the patter of rain against the canvas of the tent and pretty much knew at that point the hike was going to be a bust (especially given the fact that, when asked whether or not the Subway would be a hike to avoid if a rainstorm was rolling in, the park service rep answered, “Most definitely.”)
So we packed everything up in the dark at 5am and began the longest driving day of the trip so far. About 30 miles outside of St. George, we ran into the leading edge of the winter storm and stayed in it until Provo, four hours away.
As the wheels of the bikes were sticking out from the rear of the truck, they got absurdly iced over. We kicked a few pounds of sleet and ice off during a few stops on the way up to Bend, but it stayed frozen solid until most of the way through Idaho.