Journal entry – 26 September 2015, Sat – Bryce Canyon, Utah – Leaks and Flats

Journal entries are just that – the digital copy of my hand-written entries in my journal. If you aren’t interested in the daily details of our adventure, feel free to skip on to the next “regular” post.

After breakfast and last long showers we prepare to head back into the woods for the weekend. I lead on the motorcycle and Ashley follows in the RV. She parks at the entrance to the park while I head down the gravel road. The first campsite is 0.2 miles away and I plan to park and walk back to drive in our home. It’s occupied, so I head back and leave the bike at the entrance. We drive 1.1 miles back and set up home. Argh, the propane smell seems to be back! We walk to the bike, ready to head in and hike. Alas! Our back tire is flat.

We head in to town and stop at the service station to air up, but it doesn’t hold. They are out of tubes and don’t carry bike tires but recommend the closest Harley-Davidson shop, a couple hours away.

I was pretty annoyed about the tire and LP and snapped at Ashley. She remains mad at me until supper. We hike separately most of the day. 

We hike the Figure-8, two loop trails that are connected by a little trail. As usual, my description won’t do the views justice. Though a couple of the hills were steep they were more than worth traversing! Every turn brought a more spectacular view than the last, whether the trail went over, around, or through a hill!


Wrapping up our hike we catch the shuttle back to the motorcycle to grab our helmets and then, since the shuttle can’t make unscheduled stops, walk back home.


Leaking propane, flat tire, and everywhere is closed until Monday morning. We plan for tomorrow – about an hour away is a Home Depot in Cedar City, along with a couple of bike shops. It’s on the way to Zion National Park, our next stop, we can fix the propane there at the Depot and stay overnight nearby till the shops open on Monday and call around to find our best option for a new tire. Sounds like a plan.


With signal available I fix the bug on our website and finally get all of our journal entries from the last month or so ready for Ashley to edit during the drive tomorrow.