Riding in autumn has to be my favorite time on the bike. The problem with autumn riding in Utah is the beautiful day today sometimes turns into snow and sleet tomorrow—which it did this weekend. Nevertheless, It couldn’t have been a better Saturday for a ride.
With no particular destination in mind other than to waste a few hours on the road, we pointed our bikes north and headed toward Ogden Valley with the idea of stopping at Carlos and Harley’s in Eden, Utah. I’ve eaten at a couple places in the area, but this was the first time here—at Kelly’s recommendation. I had a couple of enchiladas, which were very tasty, I might add. This is someplace I’ll likely visit again.
Stopping in Mountain Home to top off a tank or two, we saw what looked like 30 or 40 Goldwings pull out of the gas stop just ahead of us. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many Honda motorcycles together at one time.
Trapper’s Loop is a fun little climb up into the valley and the ride around Pineview to Eden was beautiful. You can feel winter coming in the crisp air, but the day couldn’t have been much better. We went around the east side of the reservoir and beat the Honda contingent by just a few seconds, but long enough to get into the restaurant ahead of the big group.
After lunch Kelly, Phil, Kathy, and I headed around the west side of Pineview, back over Trapper’s Loop, and decided to catch the little section of the old Lincoln Highway from Echo to Wanship. I love riding on the old historic highways, even if just for a sort time, and I can only imagine what it would have been like crossing the country on the narrow, winding road in its day. It’s a great ride through the valley. I love the fall colors, even if they are much more muted in the high desert than they are in New England.
From Wanship we headed west into Kamas Valley cruising through the little towns of Peoa, Oakley, Kamas, and Francis. In the summer, this valley is the gateway to the Mirror Lake Highway and Wolf Creek Pass into Tabiona, but it’s also an enjoyable ride on it’s own. At Francis we turned right and dropped down past the saw mill only to climb again along the south end of Jordanelle Reservoir to the crossroads to Midway or Heber. We opted to catch U.S. Highway 40 to the Silver Creek Junction with I-80 and home.