Day 44 – Riding Just Because – Lehi to Park City, UT

Miles biked – 71

10/13/09 Having arrived in UT a few days early (can’t leave without Anders!) we decided we might as well get to know SLC.  After a late morning of applying for Australian visas online (the adventure never ends!) we packed up our bikes to ride up to Park City.  Up being the operative word, as it was going to be about a 60 mile ride (or so we thought) with about a 20 mile climb right at the end.

At 11am, much later we should have, we tried to leave for the day.  That wasn’t happening quite yet though because as we rolled out, Sara realized she had a flat in her front tire.  A half hour later, we really left for the day, and as it started to sprinkle, we wondered if we really were going to make it up the canyon to Park City.

The route was through Salt Lake City, so our plan was to pick up Leo, our SLC host, on the way and then ride up Emigration Canyon.  Biking the 35 miles to the city though, we came up with a new plan.  Arriving at Leo’s we loaded all our gear AND Caroline’s bike into his truck, and Caroline drove up to Park City so that Tracy, Sara and Leo could do the Canyon without weight.

While Caroline got in a beautiful 8 mile run in Park City, the ride up for the rest was epic.  Besides the second flat of the day (Leo’s) and some cold rain, it went off without a hitch, it just took about 5 hours.  As we rolled in to our home for the night, the fabulous 3 bedroom condo at the Blue Church Lodge, we were ready to eat our hands.

Instead, we got some grub and samplers of beer at The Wasatch Brew Pub.  It was tasty food, and we enjoyed our 11 7oz sampler glasses (split among the beer drinkers, Caroline got a margarita) but were disappointed when we heard we couldn’t get a tour (today or tomorrow) of the brewing operation because of some kind of insurance issue??  Bummer.

Another bummer hit us when we unloaded the truck and found that Caroline, too, had mysteriously gotten a flat while her bike rode up in the back of the truck.  Three flats in one day after only one for the whole rest of the trip was kind of ridiculous.  After dinner, we went out to the highly touted No Name Saloon, Leo went back to Salt Lake and then we went to bed, looking forward to all down hill the next day.

Biking up Emigration Canyon

Biking up Emigration Canyon

Leo and Tracy at Wasatch Brewing

Leo and Tracy at Wasatch Brewing

Blue Church Lodge

Blue Church Lodge

Sara takes a break

Sara takes a break


 
 
 

2 Responses to “Day 44 – Riding Just Because – Lehi to Park City, UT”

  1. cyclotourist
    19. October 2009 at 01:51

    You’re now in the land of the goathead… beware!

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/goatheads/

  2. bikeandbrew
    19. October 2009 at 02:03

    oh no! goatheads… haven’t gotten any flats from them yet… but we have had about 4 in the past two days from staples (we think the kind of staples that hold truck tires together)

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