Day 51, 52, 53 & 54

August 26th to the 29th, 2007

From Tucker to Manti, Utah.

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After a few days spent working on the computer and burning maps (...), we're back in saddle. Right from the start, we begin climbing. Within half an hour, we went from 6200ft to more than 9300ft.

This section of trail is called "Skyline Drive". It's part of the "Great Western Trail".


It always feel a little strange to end-up in the middle of a plain...


...At over 9000ft elevation !


No! No! We did'nt trade in our Popos for an airplane (Polaris does'nt make planes...yet...). The views from the trail are spectacular !!


Marc: "I just can't believe it! After all those years seeing it and studying it on maps...We actually are on the Great Western Trail !!"
As you probably know, the idea of riding from Canada to Mexico sparked in our minds when we saw a sign with a map of the GWT back in 2000 while we were on a trip to Utah.
Over 7 years later, we're there! Unbelievable!



...And now, the Ladies section...

One of the joys of travelling is:

Smelling all sorts of flowers,

seeing all the colors,

without having to work in the garden!


You'd really think that someone hired a landscaping company to decorate this section. But, since we're at 10,000ft elev., in the middle of nowhere, I doub it...



The monsoons season normally lasts approximately from the end of July to the end of September so, we're right smack in the middle of it...





An actual wall of water...This one is heading straight towards us! And we're on a peak at exactly 11,000ft !!! That does'nt make it a long way to go for a lightning strike, does it?

France: "Hummm...I don't about you, but I'm getting out of here!"


Marc: "Honeyyyyyy...Wait for meeeeeeeee"



11, 000 feet!

The highest point we've been yet!





Hurry up! Hope we can set-up everything before the rain...


We take out the pop-up tent just in time! We'll wait until the rain slows down a bit before se put up the Overcamp.

Tonight, we'll sleep on the bank of Snow Lake, along Skyline Drive (GWT) in a depression similar to the mouth of a volcano...A depression at 10,500ft elev...



Yeah ! The "Great Western Trail", at last!
Yeah ! It'a dream coming true! Now, we really realise it's true !!!
Bof... Bof...Bof...Bof...
Bof... Someone noticed anything bad worth talking about ???



August 27th, 2007.

This is definitely the grayest and coldest morning yet! We have a light sprinkle of rain and we are only comfortable with a T-shirt and a long sleeve T-shirt plus a lite jacket under our rain suit...Note Frances' fake smile...Cheeeeeese!



From Snow Lake to Manti, we'll follow trail No3. Here's a couple pics of it.

No ATVs traces here, only cow tracks and cow pies...






50 inches max! No Jeeps or pick-ups!

The local authorities take that opportunity to post messages on the boards for ATVers. Brillant!






Very rocky and steep!

Now the brakes are put to the test !




Later this morning, it's back to sunshine!


WOW! Let's stop to take a picture!

You know why we don't cover much distance in a day? We take time to really enjoy all those incredibly beautiful places.


Heading for Manti.


Travelling at such drasticly different elevations on such short periods of time brings huge changes in temperature.

After studying the maps (not all of them went to fire...), and after having decided on our route, we leave Snow Lake (10,500ft, 42deg F, not quite snow...yet) around noon, dressed in our 2 T-shirts, jacket and rain gear...

...And arrive in Manti (5600ft, 90deg F) at 4:00pm. It was so hot that we could hardly stand the last little T-shirt we wore...


The last section of trail No 3 before Manti is a very steep down grade. We really put the Active Descent Control to work and are very happy with the extra control it gives us on the machines. Even loaded as they are, and especially with a trailer, a few good presses on the brake handle and...


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...Here we are in Manti ! Of which the main center of interest is the Mormon Temple.

Just as impressive, daytime...


...or night time...


...and from all sides !


Completed in 1888 at the cost of $1,000,000.00, members of the church donated their time working on it's construction. That means $1,000,000.00 is the cost of part of the building material only (the building stones were taken off the hill where the Temple sits). And that was in 1888...One can only imagine how beautiful the inside must be...

Click here to read the details.



A couple of days at the Temple Hill RV Park & Campground, in the shade beneath the tall trees. We'll let you guess what we did during those couple of days...I'll just tell you that we had Wi-Fi internet available at our pic-nic table...




The pop-up tent:

It's a more or less free standing tent built on circular ultra-flexible plastic poles.

It's main advantage over a regular tent is it's incredibly quick set up time: maybe one minute!

When folded, it's also very compact, a 24 inch circle in a pouch.

When it rains, it becomes an essential dry place to eat, change clothes, or update the web site...

The pop-up tent.




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Click here for a link to Sanpete county's web site. Very interesting!




À / At      Fox Reservoir Date        26 Août/ Aug. 26th Lat    N    39 14 42
Long  W   111 27 10'6
Elevation  10,196  pieds/feet


À / At      Manti, Utah Date        27 Août/ Aug. 27th Lat    N    39 16 38'3
Long  W   111 37 46'3
Elevation  5,571  pieds /feet



It's the little jacket festival!

Put it on in the morning...

...Take it off for a few hours...

...Put it back on late afternoon...

50C   122F
  40C   104F
30C   86F
20C   68F
10C   50F
0C   32F
-5C   23F
-10C   14F
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Afternoon local thunderstorms.











Very easy from Tucker to Skyline drive incl.
Trail No 3 from Snow Lake to Manti will try us a little more...

Les statistiques

Total 4 jours

4 day total

118 Miles
2198 Miles: à date/to date
$45 Resto
$115 Épicerie/Food
$36 Essence/fuel
$84 Camping
$0 Divers/Misc.
$280 Total




-grilled cheese sandwich
-hash brown & bacon & oinons
-eggs & toasts & coffee
-cottage cheese + toasts

-macaroni salad & tomatoes & pastrami
-salmon tortillas & hard boiled eggs
-ceasar salad
-shrimps and potaoes


-''finger food'' : jerky + smoked salmon + nuts
-leftover shrimps with noodles



Les Oscars-The Oscars: le gagnant est... L'ITEM LE PLUS APPRÉCIÉ:



The Active Descent Control feature of our X2s.





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Ils nous ont fourni un soutien important afin de nous aider à réaliser cette aventure. MERCI À TOUS



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