Day 47 – Dragging ourselves away from SLC – Salt Lake to Grantsville UT

Miles Biked – 47

10/16/2009 After being in the SLC area for almost a week, it was hard to drag ourselves away.  Our first day out was supposed to be a short ride though, so we figured we could squeeze in one more fun activity before we went on – Where the Wild Things Are.  We’d been talking about this movie since before we left New York, so the chance to see it on opening day at noon could not be passed up.  Plus, the movies in Salt Lake were only $5.50.  Totally within our budget.

We all loved the movie, it was much more though provoking than your average kids book turned movie, and the monsters were amazingly developed characters (no spoilers, sorry).  After we got out we finally got our stuff together and left Leo and Aubrey’s lovely apartment to bike to Grantsville, a town just outside of SLC where we had no where to stay and knew nothing about.  The only reason were were even staying there was because we had originally planned to bike all the way to Wendover out of SLC but on second go round decided that 120 miles was a long day. Plus, we wanted to see the movie:)

The ride was pretty uneventful.  It was longer than expected, we were thinking about 38 but then to avoid highways it was closer to 50.  We did a brief stint on a very busy i80, but got off as quick as we could.  We did get to see the lake though, which was huge.  If we were able to stay longer, a ride out to Antelope Island would have been awesome.

We arrived in Grantsville just as the sun was setting and pulled in to the first gas station we saw.  Lucky for us, it was homecoming night for the local high school and everyone in town was going to the Grantsville Cowboys big game.  It would be the perfect entertainment for the night, plus there was a chance we’d find someone with a lawn we could camp in.  We grabbed dinner at Jen’s Drive In, a little burger shack we’d read about in a local paper, and road over to the highschool. (We did get a tip from the cashier that there were a few abandoned houses we could camp behind, which was really nice of her to mention and sounded like a great back up plan.  The only hitch was the pack of alley cats… hmmmm…)

Rolling up to the school, we were greeting almost immediately by Betsy, the vice principal who told us that we would be her guests for the night!  She got us into the game for free, told us we could go grab some free grub at the concession stand and we were welcome to camp out next to the school and take showers in the locker room.  All she asked for in return was for us to agree that the people of Grantsville were “pretty nice”.  Most definitely!

We had a great time at the game (Anders, Sara and Tracy’s first), we met the homecoming queen and had some hot chocolate.  It wasn’t that hot, but nice all the same.  Then we took our showers in the girls locker room, which we thought we had to ourselves until Anders had a funny run in with some cheerleaders, and then we went to bed in the choir room (they told us we could sleep there instead of camping, the only catch was that we had to leave by 5:30am).  We were a little sad that we missed the Stomp after the game, but we just couldn’t stay up passed our 9pm bedtime.  Maybe there will be another high school dance we can go to somewhere else…

Climbing with Aubrey in SLC

Climbing with Aubrey in SLC

Grantsville, UT Homecoming

Grantsville, UT Homecoming

Homecoming Queen

Homecoming Queen

Fairy Princess Anders

Fairy Princess Anders


 
 
 

One Response to “Day 47 – Dragging ourselves away from SLC – Salt Lake to Grantsville UT”

  1. Jessica
    9. December 2009 at 22:43

    haha! :) oh my heck that was u guys in the girls locker room?? lol my friends were freaking out about that when they saw you guys lol :) oh geeze :) and it was the Lariettes (drill team) u ran into haha! :) im glad u guys liked grantsville :)

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