“Yikes! I don’t like this at all!”, I squeaked as our ATV headed down a steep, narrow trail towards a hairpin turn thousands of feet above the valley below. Panoramic views grew huge as we approached the cliff edge. My imagination escaped and I wondered…..if we don’t make the turn will we fly off or tumble and roll down? Greg negotiated the tight curve deftly and I relaxed. “Wow! That was incredible! ”, I exclaimed as we headed towards the seemingly safe turn tucked against the mountain wall with no valley views. And so my mood flip flopped as we serpentined down the mountainside. That’s what we get for riding our rented “baby” ATV with experienced, veteran off-roaders and their larger, more powerful machines!
However, we quickly learned that our compact, side-by-side Razor did have some advantages…..no 3-point turns or sliding into curves on cliff edges for us! Plus, we fit easily through narrow gates, avoided monster ruts by skirting along skinny banks, and crossed a bridge too small for the big guys!
As Vehicle #3 in the Fearsome Foursome ATV Line-up, we followed the leaders feeling comfortable that Sharon (Rosanne’s Sister) and hubby Mike tailed us to keep watch or pick up the debris as fate may have it!
Riding about 100 miles that day on the Paiute Trail from our RV Park in Marysvale, UT, we climbed up snowy mountain peaks, skidded through mud, snow and ice, traveled forested trails, rock-crawled dry creek beds, teeter-tottered on rutted paths, sped downhill and raced the flats (although “baby” ATV’s 55 mph max left us in the dust of the mighty machines’ 75 mph!).
Along the way, nature treated us to breathtaking views, aspens clothed in rich autumn foliage, deer grazing in meadows and peaceful rivers.
A day trip to nearby Bryce Canyon with Sharon & Mike topped off the week.
Thank you Mike & Sharon Wallace, Dave & Terrie Schulte and Bob & Debbie Audenried for a fun adventure!
Farewell Utah….Hello Arizona!