Saturday, 6 October 2012

I no longer feel the need to visit another planet.

In fact, there are a few things which I no longer feel the need to experience. Going to Mongolia, for instance, as aspects of the Divide Basin fitted exactly my perception of Mongolia. Or seeing the Aurora Borealis, as one storm which so rapidly blew up (And consumed us) filled the sky with crimson gold light all around.

And now visiting Mars or Venus is off the list as well.

Well, to be honest, it wasn't in the 'Particularly Practical or Likely' section of my wish list, but if it was it would be removed now.

The reason? Riding from Natural Bridges Park through the Glen Canyon (National Recreation Area). Truly mind boggling sights, and probably Sarah's favourite riding of the whole trip. Possibly mine, too, if only I could compare it to anything else we had seen. But it is incomparable, standing out all on its own.

Natural Bridges; it does exactly what it says on the tin (Editor; a reference to a UK advert)

The scale of the monoliths meant that at every turn the land before you changed, seemingly expotnetially.

That night on Lake Powell a storm blew through. Aything not tied down simply blew away.

In the morning even the sky started to do weird things.

The weather even affected the cost of fuel on planet Mars.

The mighty Colorado river, damned to create Lake Powell.

Below is an image looking back at our camp sight the night before. It is difficult to see, but the little community of Hite is there.

And another rare shot of me; you can tell it is a different planet as the gravity is much less than earth's, meaning I have to hold my bike down to stop it from floating away.


  1. Looks like you've travelled from the Alps straight to Mars! Both looking well. You're not missing much here, its STILL raining!

  2. Great photos DeeZ!

    Saw an Adventurefest film at the Gandhi St centre last week on the Colorado River - it hasn't reached the sea since 1998, it gets to Mexico but just dries up in a heap of crap because of water extraction for Las Vegas !
    Now following your progress and envious...
    We're off to Rajahstan in a month - can't wait for the curry but don't want the after effects!
    Love to you both - Mr & Mrs Hockinman