Sunday, June 16, 2019

T-Dubing along Sego and Thompson Canyon Roads

Saturday, June 14

After breakfast and while temperatures were in the mid 60s, I headed out on Yagi, the TW200 Yamaha north on US 191 to Crescent Junction.  Tanked up there at $4.99/gallon for premium.  Don't go there if you need a lot of gas, go to nearby Thompson Springs for fuel!

From the gas station, I went east on the frontage road, avoiding thereby having to get on I-70 with it's 80 MPH speed limit in that section of Utah!

The views along the Frontage Road between
Crescent Junction and Thompson Springs

Less than eight miles, and you're in the barely surviving town of Thompson Springs.  Let's just say it's seen better days.

You take County 94 north out of town and soon enough you're in canyon country.

Along the way to the junction of Sego Canyon Road and Thompson Canyon Road, one can stop at the Sego Canyon Rock Art site.  Doesn't take very long to view the painted figures left behind by ancient peoples.  Not much information on site, all the plaques were faded and destroyed by the sun and weather.

At the sign (hard to see, easy to miss) I took a right turn to Sego Canyon Road and soon came upon the "Ghost Town".  Not much left, really a couple of buildings, a whole pile lumber which were probably houses at one time.

Here's the inside of the structure above:

 I believe you enter into what was then the basement,
there remains evidence of where a wood floor existed
as a roof to the basement.

Whomever lived here, liked big windows apparently.

I proceeded onwards on Sego Canyon Road all the way to the top where it summits and you enter an Indian Reservation. 

 The furthest I went on Sego Canyon Road.

 Not a bad view.

 Near the junction of Thompson and Sego
Canyon Roads

Thompson Canyon Road, was a bit rougher and not as scenic, they're right next to each other, these canyons it seems so the same mountains are visible from both.

Gassed up at Thompson Springs, for the principle of it as I only used up 1/2 gallon riding about the canyons.  Then I took the frontage road back to US191 and moved at max Ural Speed south back to the campsite.

Rest of the day was spent re-learning lessons on how to endure hot desert conditions.  Minimize time inside the RV is the key, remember to deploy the reflectix insulation panels on the windows!  While outside, sit on the side that's shaded.  Deploy the awning when possible to keep the sun off the side of the RV and the refrigetator, that allows it to work less hard and keeping things cool.

Not too shabby a sunset for my last night in Utah.  The heat in the last couple of days have caused me to change plans.  Instead of continuing into Arizona as things get hotter, am returning home earlier than expected.

Perhaps, once Martha is back from her booze cruise, we and Patrick will go for a weeklong RV trip into Montana or someplace cooler.


Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

Dom, we'd take some of that heat. Heading to our Minnesota icebox known as the North Shore next weekend; temps predicted to be on the cool side.

redlegsrides said...

Yeah, don't know what we were thinking, planning a trip to AZ in the late Spring/Early Summer!

Montana or somewhere at that latitude should be better.

RichardM said...

Utah really has some nice areas!

“Booze Cruise”?

redlegsrides said...

That’s what Martha called ship drinking, no need to drive and no husbands to disturb them.