The best thing about loving where you live is loving the novelties and unique landscapes it has to offer. I’ve been in and lived in a lot of places, both in and out of the States, and I’ve never been anywhere more filled to the brim with geological goodies, strange towns, interesting historical locations, and just plain beauty, than Utah (probably why Utah is known as “The Land of Contrast.”) I’ve written about the Bonneville Salt Flats before, and visit them relatively often. Chase and I decided on a quick and cheap getaway for mid-summer. It was fantastic!
In all seriousness, I can now truly say that biking is the way for me. I have always loved this state and its geology, beauty, mesmerizing landscapes, and everything the road has to offer; if it comes to it I’ll still take as many road trips as possible in my little Fiesta, Luis Sera, but the bike ride was just amazing and is now my preferred method of travel. I didn’t get photos of our excursion minus the Salt Flats, because to me that area is absolutely sacred and so sublime I’ll never leave without taking 900 photos of it–but I was honestly enjoying myself so much in Wendover that I didn’t even think to bring my camera or pull out my phone. After an amazing sunset ride into town, with a ghostly pause on the side of the road by the flats and all their quiet loveliness, we ate at the Red Garter and had a few drinks before turning in…114 miles is a lot for beginner bike road trippers I did point Chase to drive up and around Wendover Will, because why go to Wendover if you don’t tour the strip? (haha)
Things I learned on this trip:
- You just can’t have good hair and wear a helmet. It’s not going to happen.
- Trucks are scary as hell while riding on the interstate. So are potholes.
- You can sunburn through a helmet visor.
- A Marine vet and a loudmouth southern patriot are an awkward combination for a security guard who won’t hold up a fallen flag until it’s taken down.
- A long island iced tea is not just a girly drink (I maintain it looks and sounds like one.)
- Digital blackjack is just as addicting as Fallout: New Vegas blackjack.
- Biking is amazing but you’ll need an ass massage after a long ride.
- Utah is even more impossibly gorgeous from the back seat of a bike.
- A great partner makes all the difference when roaming around the desert.