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On my way to Moab I detoured up the San Rafael Swell NorthWest of Green River to see the rock art within Buckhorn Wash. They must have heard I was coming 'cause the county road crews were busy working hard to finally give me a well groomed smooth "easy ride".
Really nice scenery, petroglyphs, pictographs, car camping and of course this blank slate of a groomed road for TWing up to "The Wedge" , Utah's Little Grand Canyon. There I sw a mtn biking couple camping. Otherwise once the road crew went home I seemingly had the canyon below all to myself.
 

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You would have loved it Tommy. Just cruising while laying down tracks on the virginal plowed road was like riding on two inches of fresh snow, but a lot warmer.:) The mood was idyllic and unhurried, the views sublime. A little hiking and climbing was needed to get to some Fremont petroglyphs but otherwise it was a relaxing way to unwind after the previous day's journey from home. I would return there again as it had a pleasing tranquility that is often missing from Moab's energetic pace.
 

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Don't forget the water truck too!;)
Utah is great to visit. Their secondary roads are usually well signed and maintained. The state motto of "the Beehive State" seems appropriate given the industrious activity seen there. Backcountry camping sites are usually clean, un-littered and not overly regulated.
 

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easy ride... ha! you're modest fred, i know you scaled one of those canyon walls to head out.
 

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Great work Fred...I like it!
I was there in Oct '15...must go back.
 

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Anyone notice the Fremont people would either depict the bighorn sheep rams with either somewhat life-like rounded bodies or more often with these square and quartered bodies? Possibly could have ceremonial meaning.
Or maybe just means that Thag gets the fore quater, Grog gets the backstrap and Mrs. Thag will make stew with the rest for Thags Diner and the rest of the tribe
 

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Is that Thag Simmons your talking about? Hey Fred, you ever go see the petroglyphs in your area. The ones between Reno and Virginia city?
 

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No evan, I've been waiting for you to come visit and show them to me. We'll take Adam-in-Nevada too.
 

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Anyone notice the Fremont people would either depict the bighorn sheep rams with either somewhat life-like rounded bodies or more often with these square and quartered bodies? Possibly could have ceremonial meaning.
Or maybe just means that Thag gets the fore quater, Grog gets the backstrap and Mrs. Thag will make stew with the rest for Thags Diner and the rest of the tribe
I think it is sad that the Fremont people have been reduced to a street party in Vegas. At least the native American Indians are allowed to own casinos and not just play loud music and get drunk out in front of them! Tragic.



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That would be a great day trip ride! see the cool petroglyphs, head to Virginia city for lunch, cold brew at bucket of blood saloon, explore the desert area. We would be on the old original old wagon trail used many moons ago!
 

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On my way to Moab I took HWY 50 while many others coming from the west took Interstate 80 through Salt Lake and Price. Thus I got to see some interesting stuff. Billed as the "loneliest highway" there are indeed vast stretches where one sees nothing man-made other than two lanes of asphalt and right-of-way fences. I did see one large wind farm .No traffic for many,many miles as HWY 50 cuts across the grain of numerous north-south trending mountain ranges sprinkled with a few old mining towns and long abandoned crumbling Pony Express way stations.

Once past the Great Basin National Park I like to leave the pavement for a 90 mile dirt road shortcut through Crystal Peak and Black Rock to Cove Fort and the beginning of Interstate 70. Must have been a few ranches out there tucked away in side canyons but I never saw a soul. Must be a hard place to get a Prom date.

This graded road is also lightly traveled, don't remember ever seeing another vehicle other than right at Cove Fort. One can really zip along most of the time but things can dart out and they aren't always jackrabbits. I came entirely too close to having grilled Pronghorn Antelope when three thought they could outrun me.
Anyways it is a nice adventurous route that cures the boredom of interstate travel. Besides it is kind of neat to zip along at 60+mph and see your towering dust cloud extending many,many miles behind.
 

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I forgot to mention one can stumble upon pretty nice modern public art "in the bush" rather than in a museum setting. This life sized silloutte-in-steel of a mule train was quite a pleasant surprise considering it's isolated location. Not a lot of art critics around to appreciate this remote tableau.


I must have been near the old spanish trail.
 

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In 1989 or 1990 I drove from Ely, Nevada back to the Bay Area and I took Hwy 50 from Ely to Reno. It is a drive I would like to do again some day only next time take a few days and look for interesting things along the way like old mines or ghost towns or something.

I remember traffic was non existent as I don't think I saw one car an hour between the towns. What did surprise me was after dark was seeing a few lights in the hills in the distance. I am sure those must have been from generators as I doubt there are power lines in that remote an area. Also I was able to get L.A. radio stations which must have been 350 or 400 miles away. Maybe someday I will go back if I can ever get my a$$ in gear to go do something.
 
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