Day 45 – Park City to Salt Lake City

Miles Biked – 44

10/14/2009  After so many days on the road, sleeping en masse on floors and couches, it is always a tad disorienting to wake up in a large bed, in a room you have all to yourself. These simple things become extreme luxury in the life of the nomad. Such was the morning we woke up at the Blue Church Lodge in Park City. It had stormed heavily the night before (the power even went out!), but this morning had a crisp calm to it.  Naturally, I did what I love to do—brushed my teeth, pulled my hair into a ponytail, donned some spandex, tied up my laces, and hit the hilly mountain paths for a 5 mile run, ending up at a great coffee shop on Main Street.  The girls met me there for a relaxing cup of coffee, and we then proceeded to have a very laid-back, lazy morning back at the lodge. We watched music videos on VH1’s Jump Start, toiled on the computer, and I fixed my flat tire.  We had the fortune of this relaxing morning, because we only had a 37 mile ride, mostly downhill, back to Salt Lake City for the day. Our first obligation of the day was not until 4:30pm–a tour of the Uinta Brewing Company–so we had some time to dawdle.
We got a notorious late start (close to 3pm), and spent the first miles climbing out of Park City. Then it was a 21-mile descent on the highway. Unfortunately, we were not as speedy as we hoped, as the wind buffeted us almost back uphill. We had a lot of resistance going downhill on a 6% grade. Crazy. But we made it to Uinta only 45 minutes late. Woops! Joe was a fantastic host and tour guide of the brewery. We tried their brews, including their Four + Punk’n seasonal beer. Joe was really fantastic about giving us a tour tailored to our interests and already expansive understanding of the brewing process. An awesome fact about Uinta (among many things!) is that it is totally wind powered. Very cool.
From there, we had a hustle across 6 miles of the city to meet up with Caroline’s Dad’s cousins for a dinner at Red Rock Brewing Co. It was a delicious dinner, and it was wonderful to see Janis and Amy again, along with Janis’ husband, Tom. The food was outstanding. Seriously, these Utah Brewpubs don’t skimp in the food department. They all seem to go above and beyond the normal pub fare.  Sara was the only one to try out their beer, opting for the Black Bier, whereas the rest of us slurped down RedRock brewed root beer and cream soda on tap. Mmmmm…
Our final mission for the night was to pick up Anders at the airport, which went off without a hitch.  The team was back together again.  What a day!

~Caroline

Biking down from Park City

Biking down from Park City

Uinta Brewing Co

Uinta Brewing Co

Caroline and family at Red Rock Brewing Co

Caroline and family at Red Rock Brewing Co


 
 
 

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