|Book Cliffs, near Green River, Utah|
With all of its warts and woes, Green River appeals to me. It is authentic Utah, and there are reasons -- access to gorgeous backcountry roads, spectacular sandstone canyons and ancient rock art -- to make Green River a destination, and to stay for a while.
|Utah's Green River State Park|
Like hordes of adventure motorists, I've traveled the beautiful backroads of greater Moab that stretch from the LaSal Mountains to the Abajos, from White Rim Road deep into the remote Maze District.
|Road to Reds Canyon|
On the UTBDR, we encountered stretches of soft sand, which I always find unnerving and difficult. But in the Book Cliffs, where the UTBDR edges along the brink of a high plateau with expansive vistas across canyon country, the native-surface roads were ideal.
Best of all, when we rode the loop through Reds Canyon in the Swell, we had chance encounters with other adventurous riders.
|Eli and Tonia, soldiers both|
The fact that we were all members of ADVrider.com, and thereby shared an uncommon yearning for backroad adventure, provided an instant bond among us.
A few more photos:
|Book Cliffs, east of Green River|
|Sign explains mining in the San Rafael Swell.|
|San Rafael Swell, near Green River, Utah|
|Road to base of Hondu Arch|