July 27-28, 2017
Yep. We are at it again. Seems like we just returned from our Europe odyssey and it is time to take off for the next big adventure.
We are heading to Canada – Jasper National Park area. Rich will be meeting up with Jack and Phil for an 800 mile bike ride through the Canadian Rockies starting in Jasper, Alberta and ending in Missoula, Montana. After dropping him off in Jasper I am going to golf my way across Alberta and British Columbia finally finishing to meet them in Missoula. Then Rich, Jack and I will golf our way south to Salt Lake City where Jack will fly back to Atlanta and we will head back home. Should prove to be an awesome trip for all!
We finished packing on Thursday (7/27) and drove 85 miles to Prescott to golf Stoneridge with the Painted Mountain Men’s Club. This should be fun and also will cut off a bit of mileage for our next day’s drive to Provo, UT. Last year when I joined the men at Stoneridge (Rich was riding RAGBRAI) we got completely rained out after 8 holes. Guess what? Same thing happened this year! We got drenched and had to hang it up after 8 holes.
The small group of 8 golfers spent the late afternoon at a happy hour at our hotel – Forest Villas.
Then we went to dinner at Lynx Lake Cafe – a cool German restaurant situated on a beautiful lake.
We have a long drive in the morning and hit the bed after dinner. (Linda may or may not have taken a short side trip to Bucky’s Casino…)
Up and out the next morning after coffee and a light breakfast in the hotel. Our goal of Provo Utah is a whopping 563 miles away. The good news is that most of the drive is absolutely gorgeous. We drive towards Flagstaff and then the Grand Canyon and finally into Southern Utah.
We stopped to stretch our legs and change drivers every couple of hours. Sometimes we found great places to stop:
Lake Powell in the distance
I was tasked to find a lunch place in Page. Using the trusty Yelp app I settled on River’s End Cafe. Great reviews. Great sandwiches. Then we saw the place. Ugh. It was basically a store with a snack bar that caters to participants in their raft trips. We sucked it up and ordered sandwiches to go. After waiting an enormously long time, our lunch finally arrived and we ate in the car. Rich won’t let me forget that I blew it. Ok, buddy. The dinner choice will be yours and we will see how YOU do.
But, seriously, Southern Utah is stunning:
We finally pulled into Provo around 7:00pm and checked into the Sleep Inn (fancy, huh?). We both had a bit of deja vu, but didn’t mention it. Rich wants a Chicken Caesar Salad for dinner. Sounds good to me to. Remember that he has to find a place. He does and directs me to a Brick Oven Pizzeria that sounds like it has possibilities.
We drive straight through the center of Provo and I state that it is sort of “Creep-tastic.” I remember feeling this way last time we were here. Can’t quite put my finger on it. Provo is home of Brigham Young University and is (how shall I put this) overwhelmingly Mormon in character – scrubbed a little too clean if you will.
We find the pizza place, park and go in. I wish I could properly describe the atmosphere. It is packed with families (again, a little too happy). It is very, very brightly lit. AND they do not serve beer. I give Rich and “F” for his pick and we turn and walk out!
On the way into town we passed a little Mexican place and then we both realized that we stopped there on our way to Yellowstone and they were closed. We did stop this time at El Gallo Grio and it was actually open and very good.
On the way back to the Sleep Inn we remember that we had this same creepy feeling when we were here before. We checked back on our previous blog and sure enough we actually also stayed at the Sleep Inn last time! Too weird.
Tomorrow is a little bit shorter driving day. We will make our way to Butte Montana. Just get me out of Utah!