28 Days & 1500 Miles Later
Yesterday, I had breakfast in Wyoming, lunch in Idaho, and dinner in Utah. Little things like that make me happy.
I biked so much in the past two days. 180 miles, including at least 5000 feet of climbing to 4 mountain passes. The ride up to the pass above Bear Lake was beyond ridiculous. 2000 feet of elevation gain in 6 miles. 2000 feet!! It was an 8% grade which essentially means, “Finish or submit to death.” Of all the climbs I’m aware of, this was the steepest. I do 6% grades out the wazoo, and 7% is almost as common. But I’ve never done an 8 before. I once went down a 9 in Idaho and once saw a 10 in Colorado. But standing atop the pass was one of the proudest moments of my life. It was honestly really difficult and I’m happy to be able to say that I completed it.
Utah’s already won me over. I knew southern Utah would be grand, but northern Utah is fantastic as well. Logan Canyon had some awesome drops and rock faces. I have a few pictures here and there, but the Internet at the Salt Lake City Library is really slow. I’ll upload them later. Speaking of the library, this building is a direct architectural ripoff of the library in Vancouver. An “inspiration” as they call it in the architecture world. It’s seriously the same glass Colosseum design down to the nubbins.
I went to see Temple Square, the Mormon church headquarters. Once, years ago, I had a dream that Mormons took my sister hostage in Temple Square and she couldn’t escape. The church was no less menacing in person and I’m glad I’m not there anymore.
Time for a few days off. Check back in a little bit to see what I’m up to 🙂
***EDIT***: If you like to calculate things like I do, here’s a fun fact: I’m currently 6.69% finished with a purely southward trek to Ushuaia, Argentina. Seattle, the start, was at latitude 47.6097* N. I’m currently in SLC at latitude 40.7500* N. Ushuaia is at 54.8000* S. So I’ve traversed 6.85* of latitude out of a total 102.40*. I’m going to bed now that I have proved I have no life.