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The Squaw Magnet in Utah - Part 3


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Cracked year fenders - updated  

  1. 1. Cracked year fenders - updated

    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 1000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 3000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 5000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 7500 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, DID crack after 10000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 1000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 3000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 5000 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 7500 miles
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    • I used Indian rubber grommet fix, NO cracks after 10000 miles
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Rode to Capitol Reef National Park today. Started out as another gorgeous day. Stopped frequently for photos as the views were spectacular. Hwy 12 in Utah has got to be one of the best rides in the country. I was reminded why Utah is my second favorite state to ride in today. You can be riding in pristine, alpine-like mountains with forests, lakes and cascading streams. 10 minutes later, you can be in serious red rock canyon country. No place else like it. Got as high as 9400 ft. today at the summit. Then I hit my first hard rain of the trip coming down the other side. No thunder and lightening but a little bit of hail. Going down switchbacks on a 10% grade in a pouring rain can get a little dicey. Fortunately, I was the only one stupid enough to be traveling in that weather so there was virtually no traffic. Once out of the mountains and into the red rock, the rain stopped and it was gorgeous again. Capitol Reef is a very pretty but little visited national park and, besides the views, what strikes one most is the silence. The campground is in an historic little Mormon community called Fruita. The place is filled with fruit trees. The picnic table in my campsite had pears on it. Another plus, the town of Torrey, which is essentially the entrance to Captiol Reef has changed very little since I was last here in 1991. Civilization has been slow to grab hold in the pretty little town. Of course, once again, I am sipping latte' at an internet cafe' at the junction to the park. Cell phones don't even work out here but I can still access the world wide web. I'll be heading to Moab tomorrow. I was there about 6 years ago and it had already turned into an unbelievable tourist trap. I shudder to think what it looks like now. Without all the trappings of civilization, Moab really is an incredible spot. The Colorado and Green Rivers converge there and there are two national parks within riding distance, Arches and Canyonlands. I hope to visit both. After three nights of tenting, I'll be staying in a motel tomorrow night. I'm out of clean clothes which doesn't matter that much as you couldn't tell by the way I smell. Shoudn't be too tough to find a place to access the internet in Moab so I'll try and post again tomorrow. Gotta go. There's a bar that sells $2 draft beers with a patio that overlooks Capitol Reef and I want to catch the sunset. Later.

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