Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Day 5 - Koosharem to Manti

Matt found Manti to be a charming town without a chain store in sight. Once again the locals were friendly. Hanging out at a cafe, he had the opportunity to ask several different people about the road conditions for his upcoming planned route, including the scenic Nebo Loop road.

Ready to go

Day 5 – Koosharem to Manti
69.4 miles, 4:43, 14.7 avg

Flying in the heat! After a quiet night in Koosharem (“concert” was anything but, Mercantile closed early) I jammed all the way down to Sigurd. Good thing I didn’t shoot for this town last night. Not much there. Oh, there were fireworks last night, unofficial I guess, but still pretty good. Also, I think I saw a golden eagle yesterday after the reservoir.

Back to today: Salina seemed like another cool Mormon town, almost stopped for a burger. Had a fun lunch in Gunnison with a family on way to Fishlake. Made new friends, Matthew and Adelia. Easily made it to Manti, a seemingly very historic Mormon town founded by Brigham Young. Very nice, big brick houses on crazy tree-lined streets, and the first big temple I’ve seen on this trip. Went swimming and will ride back to town for a burger (and beer?). Very hot (104?) and good clouds building.

Matthew and Adelia in Gunnison, UT

Temple in Manti, before the wind storm

More Manti statuary

Touring Manti during "magic hour"

Map of Day 5 Route

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