Day 4: Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

By morning. the strong wind was gone, it was cool, and there was only a light breeze from the south.  I told Malcolm that for me to do this trip back to Panguitch, I needed to start out while it was still cool. 

Still wanting to hitch-hike to Panguitch, he went out to the highway while I took down the shelter and cleaned up camp.  At the agreed-upon time, still having no success because of the small amount of traffic, he joined me at our campsite for breakfast. 

We checked out of the campground, and were able to leave while it was still cool, at 8:30 AM. 

The slope was now uphill, but it was cool so far, and the headwind was light.  We made good time to the mouth of the Sevier River canyon, where we encountered the somewhat steep grade we had enjoyed gliding down a few days before. 

No problem - we geared down.  On this part of the trip, I drafted behind Malcolm, who is a stronger climber.  The drafting gave me just enough of an edge that I could keep up with his speed, rather than falling behind. 

Soon we got beyond the steep grade, and enjoyed less steep, more constant grades through the rest of the Sevier River narrows. 

Interesting rock formations after leaving the Sevier River narrows

After leaving the narrows, there were some steep grades where the road goes for awhile on the river floodplain, then climbs to the higher ground above the floodplain, then does it again and again.  But soon the road stayed on the higher ground, and we arrived at Bear Valley junction.  We were now only one bicycle-commute's worth of distance (10 miles) from where we parked the truck. 

We rested awhile there, then continued on toward Panguitch, genarally going uphill, but not steeply.  It was still a reasonable temperature. 

As we got to about 3 miles from Panguitch, our headwind, which seemed to have forgotten about us, came back with a vengeance!  There was no slowly increasing wind.  It was like a big truck went by causing a sudden wind, except there was no semi-truck, and the wind stayed strong. 

It was the strongest headwind of the trip, and it happened within a few seconds.  We geared down to compensate, and with the uphill climb into Panguitch, I was for a time in my next-to-lowest gear!  It took us longer to do that last 3 miles than all of the rest of the way from Bear Valley Junction. 

Finally, we did make it to Panguitch, though the wind still slowed us down. 

Arriving at Panguitch

We were hungry and tired, and of course, couldn't resist the urge to engage in the 'ceremonial cancelling of the calories burned' ceremony by stopping at a fast food place. 

It's time for cheeseburgers, and a caramel malt

After a welcome respite, we cycled to where to where we parked the truck, loaded the bicycles, and did the rest of the trip in tourist mode.  It would take longer, but at least we would be able to enjoy the scenery, though not as well as you can see it on a bicycle. 

On this day, we cycled 27.3 miles, with an average speed of 8.1 miles per hour.  The bicycles were moving for 3 hours, 22 minutes.  It took us 4 hours and 40 minutes to do it (counting lunch time). 

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