Day 82, 83 & 84

September 26th, 27th & 28th, 2007

From Marysvale to Panguitch, Utah

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After a good hot shower and a little food shopping in Marysvale, we have a quick lunch before hitting the trails again when, surprise! Our friend Willard shows up! He was looking around on the trails for us! He'd like to ride with for a bit. Cool! What's even better is that he knows the area and can guide us through some great scenery!



...As a matter of fact, it's pretty special!!


We climb to over 10,500 ft and then Willard turns around and heads back to his camper waiting for him in Marysvale. We push on to the "Fremont Indian State Park".


MY GOD!!! Am I dreaming?!? No, No, the Quadtrek Expedition is not back in Québec!! At 10,000 ft +, the snow of the last couple of days is staying on the ground...


A few folks had warned us but, we never would have thought...Long live our heated grips!



On the way back down hill, we feel the temperature going up again. Fortunately!

Her we are! Matter of fact, the museum is very interesting! We learn a lot about the Fremont Indians way of life back then. We especially enjoyed the Fremont house replica with details of construction and functionality.



Click here for the Quadtrek version!


Here's another perfect spot for the night! There's a stream, fire wood, we're out of the wind...It's following the advice of Willard that we found this spot!


September 27th, 2007.

The weather's like the man: Nice and cool!
We get the heavy gear out!


On the way to Panguitch...


...We finally find our dream place, affordable, complete with bird house and everthing...

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This one looks kinda like British-Columbia...


We are happy to meet with Willard again, this morning! He was waiting for us at a trail junction.


Now at 10,500ft and still going up!


France & Willard.


The trips' highest point yet: 11,500ft! We ride above tree line!


"Think we should try the satellite phone, Hon? There's a chance it might work up here..."


Zoomm  Zoomm. Zoomm. What goes up must come down...


...And sometimes pretty quick...Switchbacks. Thight and steep, with a shear cliff on one side so, no margin of error. It has to turn.


A lot of people suggested we should'nt come this way with a trailer. Some even told us we might have a hard time making the switchbacks with our qads alone (the X2s are 6 inches longer than the regular single seaters). It is, in fact pretty thight but, as it is often the case, it looks worst than it is.

"Yep! Go ahead! OK, looks good!"



Yeah ! Back to where we fell in love...
Yeah ! ...With Utah, of course...
Bof... We leave Willard behind.
Bof... It's in Circleville that we part for good. After meeting for the first time in Ferron, again in Richfield, and again in Marysvale, Will has to go back to St-Georges. His vacation is over... Always feel kinda funny inside...Happened with other friends before, probably will happen again...Will we ever see him again??



We spend the night at the Circleville RV.Park, where the owner recongnized us, even though we never met before...

...Then we have breakfast at Butch Cassidy's Hideout like Dave recommended we should.


All along the way, we were wondering (France especially) when would the scenery change for good. Ever since Montana, we often were riding mountain tops covered with vegetation somewhat similar to what we see back home. Well, it's here! From Circleville on down we can say that it's totally different from we're used to!

End of the Paiute trail. Welcome to the Fremont trail !



Dixie National Forest.
And important landmark of the trip!
Begining here, everything changes, vegetation, mountains, even the dirt changes...



On the other hand, some things remain...


"You coming, Hon?"


We are getting closer to Peterson Point, where our guide took us in 2000 when we rented ATVs in Bryce.


Her we are! Peterson Point!


See what we meant when we said it was different here?


It is here that we got bit by the Utah bug! When we saw this place in 2000, we fell in love!


...In 2000...


...In 2007...



At Peterson Point with Bob Hermann, owner with his wife, of the Panguitch KOA Kampground who graciously offered us a campsite for the night. Thanks!


To get to Panguitch, we ride through Casto Canyon.


Definitely, one of the most photogenic places on the planet!


Hey... We're gonna have to come back tomorrow, we have'nt seen it all!!


Stick around with us, or else you might miss possibly the best pictures of the site yet...


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Au / At    Circleville
Date       27sept / Sept 27
Lat    N    38 10 13.9
Long  W  112 16 38.8
Elevation  6073 pieds/feet


50C   122F
  40C   104F
30C   86F
20C   68F
10C   50F
0C   32F
-5C   23F
-10C   14F
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50C   122F
  40C   104F
30C   86F
20C   68F
10C   50F
0C   32F
-5C   23F
-10C   14F
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At night...













Shared and accessible trails...







Les statistiques


201 Miles
3347 Miles: à date/to date
$95 Resto
$23 Épicerie/Food
$119 Essence/fuel
$17 Camping
$10 Divers/Misc.
$264 Total




-eggs + beans
-orange juice + bread & peanut butter

-tortillas + salsa

-hot dogs




Les Oscars-The Oscars: le gagnant est... LA CHOSE LA PLUS APPRECIÉE:



Being back at Peterson Point!






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