Around the Great Salt Lake in 26 Hours

Wendover - Park Valley - Brigham City - Henefer

The digital photographs below are from my spur-of-the-moment trip around the Great Salt Lake on 6-7 June 2003.

On Friday the 6th I left work and rode about 180 miles from Orem, UT to Wendover, NV.

On Saturday the 7th I rode another 370 miles to complete the loop, and to catch some incidental road segments that I had never ridden before.



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Here's my 1999 Suzuki GS500E parked behind the building at work, with a tiny part of the Wasatch Front in the background. The nearest mountain is about 2.5 miles away. The campus of Brigham Young University (BYU) is in the middle ground.

[Map Point 1]

My first wide-open view of the Great Salt Lake.

[North of Map Point 2]

One of the salt processing plants along I-80, on the southern edge of the "Lake".

[A few miles west of where I joined I-80]
A unique bit of freeway sculpture known as "The Tree Of Life" or the "Utah Tree".

[In the vicinity of the I-80 logo between Map Points 2 and 3]
The last exit before Wendover. Speed Week anyone?

[Just before Map Point 3]
The not-so-imaginary line between the Utah and Nevada halves of Wendover. The blue flag sports the Great Seal of Utah, where gambling is illegal. Just beyond the flag is the State Line Nugget casino - the one with the cowboy that moves his arms back and forth.

I took the picture from the parking lot of the Montego Bay casino. I guess the parking lot is in Utah, but the casino itself is in Nevada...?

This monument stands in front of the Nevada Welcome Center in Wendover. The bomber represents the Enola Gay. A plaque on the back of the column reads:

This monument is dedicated to the members of the 509th Composite Group, United States Army Air Force, who trained at the Wendover, Utah Army Air Force Base in 1944-1945, for the vital, secret mission of delivering the first atomic bombs on Japanese targets in August 1945. The combined efforts of all members of the United States Army and the United States Navy who created the massive armed service support of this historic endeavor share this important dedication that brought World War II to a much earlier conclusion.

Recognition is given to the scientific teams who created this awesome weapon, those who sacrificed their lives in the Pacific Theatre, Allied forces in other theatres of action during World War II, and all who contributed to bring this dreadful war to an end.

The loss of lives of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan are especially recognized in this memorial for their sacrifice to mankind's struggle for a more peaceful world.

May this monument stand as a symbol of hope that mankind will reason and work together for the ultimate goal of world peace.

The entrance to the KOA campground in Wendover, behind the Red Garter casino.

[Map Point 4]
The path from the adjoining neighborhood to the "strip" went right past my tent site. (If you ever stay here, don't let them put you in tent site J-13.) Oh yeah, and the tent sites are basically big sandboxes. I guess it could be worse; they could be gravel or something....
Recording the day's events in my journal before turning in. Gotta love those little foldup LED-based "fluorescent" lights!
The morning after, just before breaking camp.
I rode 30 miles west of Wendover on I-80 and then got on a lonely 2-laner that angled NW back towards Utah. This road was one of the main reasons for my making this trip.

[Somewhere between Map Point 5 and Montello]
About to re-enter Utah.
This tree was the largest (if not the ONLY) one that I saw along this 100+ mile stretch. It appears to be dead now, but I was surprised that it ever got this big in the first place!
Looking back after riding 50 miles into Utah.

Looking SE across the northern tip of the Great Salt Lake.

[From the curve between Park Valley and Map Point 6]

The Rocket Display area in front of one of the Thiokol building complexes. The largest rocket on display is a solid-fuel booster for the Space Shuttle. (Two of these are used for each launch.)

[Map Point 7]
Skirting the northeast arm of the lake.

[A little way past Map Point 8]
An "artsy" version of a common sight along this stretch.

[Between Map Points 8 & 9]
A prominent government building in downtown Brigham City

[Map Point 10]
An interesting item displayed on the corner of the government building lawn. The plaque reads:

Historical Rail

The first Transcontinental Railroad, that tied the West to the East with bands of steel, was completed with the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory, Utah, 33 miles west of here, May 10, 1869. The railroad was abandoned with the ceremonial pulling of the Golden Spike August 8, 1942. This is the rail which served in the same place as the original rail held by the Golden Spike. The other rails were used to help relieve the steel shortage during the Second World War.


It took me a while to realize that the "Historical Rail" was the horizontal one and NOT the one bent like a horseshoe.
Box Elder Tabernacle. The original name of Brigham City was Box Elder, which is a deciduous tree. To see a picture of a box elder go to http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/13.htm. Somewhere around here is a canyon by the same name. In fact, Brigham City is the county seat of Box Elder County.
A closer view of the spire on the Box Elder Tabernacle.

[Map Point 11]
A hay field, a cemetery and a railroad line squeezed in between the lake (behind me) and the mountains

[Map Point 12]
The mouth of Ogden Canyon. As near as I can tell, the dangling pipe is a water main!

[Between Map Points 16 & 17]
On the way up the canyon I pulled over and walked back to remove a grapefruit-sized rock from the middle of the road. I took this picture on the way back to my bike.
What with the narrow road and healthy traffic, I didn't have a chance to stop and take pictures of some of the other sights in the canyon, including the dam and the large reservoir at the upper end. The next several pictures were taken as I headed south from Huntsville on the Trapper's Loop Road. [Between Map Point 17 and the freeway south of it.]
I took this one looking up the hill.
For this one I crossed the road and looked back down toward Huntsville.
This one was taken back on the "uphill" side, looking down at a right angle to the road.
Here I'm almost at the top. The ski runs are part of the Snow Basin ski resort, where the downhill competitions were held during the 2002 Winter Olympics.
The other end of Trapper's Loop Road. I pulled into the gas station to fill up and get a cold soda. Several other bikers pulled in at the same time.

Looking up and down a stretch of I-84. My bike is on the frontage road on the far left. In the far right you can see a train chugging out of Ogden.

[South of Map Point 17]

I made it to Henefer! I am about to ride a short segment of the California / Mormon Pioneer / Pony Express Trail that I had never traveled before.

[Map Point 18]
The northeast tip of East Canyon Reservoir. The road on the other side goes past the dam and down into Morgan.

[A little past Map Point 19]
About halfway down the east shore of the reservoir, looking northwest toward the dam.
Heading up Little Dutch Hollow.
Looking down the other side from the "top" - Big Mountain Pass (7,420 feet)

[Where the dotted line above Map Point 20 crosses the green route line.]
A "fairy tale" house in Midway that I have always wanted to take a picture of....

[West of Map Point 21 - I took a shortcut around Heber City after all]

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