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The air quality here has been terrible. Smoke from fires in the Salmon River Area, in Central Idaho,  and in Montana have made things so smokey that it has been dangerous to breathe for some folks. Visibility has been poor and my throat has been a Bit raw because of it.  Ride anyway. That’s my motto.

With friends Denny and  Paul I set off Saturday towards the south. Figured there would be less smoke  and we were correct.  We followed the usual route  to do the Logan Canyon ride, riding through Lava Hot Springs, to grace, and then over the mountain to Bear Lake via  Emigration Canyon. The fall colors were in full, magnificent display on the Emigration ride.

We traveled along Bear Lake to Garde City Utah where we stopped for  Lunch at Merlin’s drive-in and topped off our gas tank. By now the smoke had been left behind.

At Garden City, Denny left us and hurried back to attend a grandson’s birthday. Paul and i rolled on, but rather than turning and heading down Logan Canyon as we usually do,  continued on Utah 30 along the lake to Lake Town and then through a winding canyon out of the Bear Lake valley and onto  the flats to Sage Junction where we connected with Utah 39. This was a new road for both of us, a ride I had heard about but had never done.  We traveled through western ranch country, hay meadows, once even stopping for about 15 minutes while cowboys moved a herd of cattle in front of us (watch the cow-pies as they can be slick). We passed trough some red-rock country and soon were traveling through vast stands of golden, quaking Aspen.

This beautiful 60 mile road eventually winds along the Ogden river and though the canyon , ending up in the city of Ogden. There we stopped for a stretch and then jumped on I-84/15 for the 120 mile ride  back to Pocatello.  We had an enjoyable 385 mile day.

I love my new bike. It performed well, handles great and was  comfortable all day long. Gas mileage was in the mid-high 40s.  I Love my new bike.