We had a wonderful stay in Torrey. The group was going in separate directions again today as many of the folks had their own agenda. Jamie and I wanted to go checkout Zion and spend some time in the park. We took off at 8AM and did the I-15 shuffle down to Toquerville, then headed over to the park. Zion National Park was BUSY, in fact CRAZY BUSY! I did not know that I-15 had a posted 80MPH. It made for us making some good time getting to the park. That was the last thing fast for the rest of the morning. It took us a good 30-45 min to get inside the park. It was a little warm sitting in line waiting to pay our $25 for admittance. We headed into the visitors center to find out that we had to get in a line and wait a minimum of 3 hours to get on the shuttle to visit the park attractions and scenic views.
We made the decision to not wait the 3 hours on the shuttle. We thought we would just drive through the park and then head out to Mexican Hat. The drive into the park is a good one, but the traffic was awful. We were dissapointed in Zion and with ourselves as we did not plan this day out the way we should have. We really needed to plan on spoending the day in the park. Next time I think we would make the choice of staying closer to Zion and spend the day exploring. It gives us another reason to ride back there again real soon. It was still a good day of riding.
We took a nice long hot ride through the desert. We stopped for a quick lunch in Page, rode around Lake Powell and enjoyed the scenery. We were going to ride into Monument Valley however that did not happen. We had a little issue getting into the park. There is a sign posted that motorcycles were $10, Cars $20. Well we waited for the 15 minutes to get to the toll booth, only to find out that lady wanted another $6 for a passenger? I tried to explain that the sign had cars $20 for 1-4 people. I explained that we should not have to pay as we were on the same bike. She was still shouting at me when I paid the extra $6. I think she hated the blah blah blah comment. She threatened to call Navajo police. We decided it best to turn around and head into Mexican Hat. We are such gangsters. I heard later that the drive was no big deal. Probably saving the $16 was a good thing. I would not recommend this park. Not friendly and to be honest it seems to be a money making scam. Kinda like the Royal Gorge. We did take some pictures. It is a pretty area.
We rolled into the San Juan Inn in Mexican Hat around 3PM. The hotel was a nice one. Jamie and I just relaxed and enjoyed the company of the group. It was a good way to end the day. We ate dinner at the cafe ( Olde bridge cafe ) located on the premises, The gang had had dinner together, swapped some stories and plotted the next days journey. We had heard the Navajo Tacos were great. Well they were at best disappointing. Breakfast the next morning was very good and almost made up for the dinner.
One other thing that was strange was the bicycles that were all over the area. They would have chase vehicles that were running behind them, driving less than 5 mph. It almost caused more mishaps than protection. They were riding the Race Across America. The riders are amazing. This looked to be a brutal race as they were riding out in the heat, on long stretches. I have respect for these guys but damn, I do not see the fun it it at all!