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Published: September 20th 2018
From Cisco, Utah I drove a few miles back to the seldom traveled section of the very scenic Utah Hwy 128. I drove through mostly federal BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land with some private ranches in a nice scrub desert. The sun was low in the sky when I reached the Colorado River. Then I could see the old bridge remains of the Colorado River as I drove over the newer bridge (no pics of newer bridge).
With the Colorado River now on the right side (North) the evening shadows were growing in this nice large unnamed Canyon of the river that I call "Moab Canyon". The best views of the Colorado River and the nice colourful canyon were still West of me as I approached Castleton Junction where I needed an "emergency camp" for the night.
I drove about sixteen miles to the La Sal Loop Road (to the other side of Moab when open) at the Manti La Sal National Forest. The La Sal Loop road was closed; but maybe only to cars. I promised not to damage the road work so my truck took me up into the La Sal Mts. I did not go
high enough to be in the nice large firs and aspens, but found my old emergency camp in the scrub junipers for a night-time of nice solitude. I had a full day of driving from the Kebler Pass Road in Colorado; so I just had some fresh fruit for dinner and soon was sleeping well.
The next day I started with a coffee break and trail mix as I had much to see and do for the day.
I figured that the best trees and views may not have road access so I started to backtrack back down the La Sal Mts. I included three of my older of my stock pics of my favorite campground by Warner Lake at 9300 feet on the extinct volcanic La Sal Mts.
I had a nice cool drive back-tracting down the Mountains in second gear occasionally tapping the brakes when needed. I got to what the locals call La Sal Junction, not an official name, (with the La Sal Mt Loop road). Then I drove the paved road down to Utah Hwy 128 where the best viewing of the Colorado River and "Moab Canyon".
Note: The official town of
La Sal Junction is South of Moab, skirting the other side of the La Sal Mts, on the way to the State of Colorado also.
When I got to the Colorado River in "Moab Canyon" the cliffs were in deep shade and I would be shooting into the sun. So I include some of my stock afternoon pics from the year before. Years ago I would camp legal on these river overlooks; but now they are no longer legal camps so I camp elsewhere. Also I have much more to see and do before I am ready to camp.
I return to my Colorado River pics from this camping-adventure-survival test. With a very busy day for me, I had to stop to enjoy the Colorado river on my way to Moab.
About five miles East of Moab, Utah I saw something new. The Feds invested real money to construct a new walking and bicycle bridge free to the public, that ran for a few miles. Part of the new bridge was on solid ground, with most being a true bridge. (Money well spent!)
Then I got to the end of Utah Hwy 128. New before the
Highway Bridge was a neat foot bridge over the river. I wanted to walk that bridge, but I was overbooked on other things and other places to see before I made camp in the Blue Mts.
I made a petro stop in Moab. My favorite gas station had, in back, a shaded free picnic area and all the free drinking water to fill my empty water cans and belly.
completed, but more blogs to finish my day.
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