Rush Valley and Dugway

The days are getting shorter and the rides are getting a little bit colder, but today was a beautiful day. Kelly, Phil, and I decided a nice ride out in the west desert of Utah would be a great way to spend a couple of hours so we pointed our bikes south and headed to Cedar Fort and beyond.

Although it’s getting colder, I have a good friend who likes to say, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” He’s right. We were dressed for the cold and had a great time.

One of the highlights of almost any ride is stopping someplace along the road to have something to eat. Today was no exception. Instead of heading straight into Rush Valley, we took a right and headed into Vernon for a late breakfast. I don’t know how many people live in Vernon, but the census taken in 2000 has it around 250 people. The diner (I think it’s called the Silver Sage) had one booth and half a dozen bar stools, but the omelet I had was pretty good. It’s not exactly what you would call fine dining, but it’s been around since the 50’s. The town is near the old Pony Express route and has been around since 1857.

Backtracking up to Rush Valley only took a few minutes and we were headed over Johnson Pass toward Dugway (which isn’t even considered a town, it’s considered a designated place by the census bureau). The pass was a very fun ride which I wish would have lasted longer. I’d never been on that road until today and will likely do it again when the weather is too cold for the canyons east of Salt Lake. It was a nice late fall ride. Although riding season might be coming to an end soon, it isn’t over yet.

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