May 15th, 2019 / (107km/66mi) Today sucked. When I leave Green River, Google Maps first sends me for 19km onto an old state highway which turns into a gravel road after a while. When I make it to the end, I decide to re-join interstate I-70 and follow it on the shoulder for some 12km. […]Read more "Day 18 / Green River, UT to Moab, UT"
May 14th, 2019 / (170km/105mi, 1540hm/5050ft elev gain) The day starts with riding along Capitol Reef thru green canyons enclosed by steep red and beige sandstone mountains towering left and right. The road winds its way thru the canyon. I hit a bunch of bike riders coming my way – they don’t carry any luggage, […]Read more "Day 17 / Torrey, UT to Green River, UT"
May 13th, 2019 / (170km/106miles, 2600hm/8530ft elevation gain, 10hrs) I start around 6:30am again and re-join UT-12 towards Escalante. It’s a beautiful part of the highway leading thru green fields that nicely contrasts with the red stone that is all around. I’ll keep the update short for today. It was an exhausting ride. While getting […]Read more "Day 16 / Bryce Canyon, UT to Torrey, UT"
May 12th, 2019 / (0km/0mi) As planned, today is a hiking and sightseeing day in Bryce Canyon. I couldn’t just cycle past it and since yesterday was an exhausting bike day anyways, the timing of Bryce Canyon popping up along UT-12 couldn’t have been any better. I’m rather late this morning, so only get into […]Read more "Day 15 / Bryce Canyon, UT"
May 11th, 2019 / (150km/93miles, 2300hm) Since today is going to be a rather challenging day — expecting to take on a pass at 3000m elevation (10.000ft) — I wanted to start relatively early at 6am. As usual, packing things and getting out the door takes longer than expected (well, getting out of bed, too) […]Read more "Day 14 / Cedar City, UT to Bryce Canyon, UT"
May 10th, 2019 / (0km / 0 miles, 0 hm) As I had already decided yesterday, based on the cold and rain, and the terrible weather forecast for today, I declared day #13 to be a forced rest day. Cedar City is actually a good place to have a rest day – they have very […]Read more "Day 13 / Cedar City, UT"
May 9th, 2019 / (89km/53miles, 750hm, 4:30hrs) The day starts late. I’m not used to having “lost” an hour to MDT timezone yet, I’m still tired from yesterday and there’s no rush this morning as today won’t be a particularly long stretch to cover. The diner next door offers breakfast and after having packed all […]Read more "Day 12 / Milford, UT to Cedar City, UT"
May 8th, 2019 / (133km/83miles, 1300hm, 8hrs) The day starts with a sunny sky, very few clouds, the rainy weather from yesterday afternoon is gone. I start at 6am as today I’ve one of the longest stretches to tackle: 133km or 83 miles with an elevation gain of roughly 1300 meters. 12 kilometers after Baker, […]Read more "Day 11 / Baker, NV to Milford, UT"
May 7th, 2019 / (100km/67miles, 1200hm) Woke up at 5:15am this morning, got myself ready, packed and left Ely for one of the medium-length legs of the tour: 100km to Baker, NV, the last stop before entering Utah. It’s pretty cold today when I leave – around 1°C – and for most of the day […]Read more "Day 10 / Ely, NV to Baker, NV"
May 6th, 2019 / (124km/77miles, 1300hm) This morning during breakfast at the motel I run into Daniel, another German bicyclist who’s crossing America — in his case from NYC to San Francisco. He’s already 40 days on the road and expects to be in San Francisco in 4 days from today. He has been taking […]Read more "Day 9 / Eureka, NV to Ely, NV"