Wednesday, 31 July 2013

205 Garden City

Friday 26th July 2013 Miles Today 179 Total  15,235

Today we are en-route to Garden City, Utah to meet some friends I met on an internet bikers forum. The guy, Rick Plumb and his wife Connie invited us down to their holiday home in Garden City, just North of Salt Lake City. As usual, the views were spectacular.

Around halfway there the road took us temporarily out of Idaho and into Wyoming (again – we like Wyoming) we came upon a town called Afton. It was another wild west cowboy town and we just had to go shopping. 

These cowboys like petrol toys as well as hores.

This is the center piece of the town.

Typical architecture.

After shopping we moved on back into Idaho and as it was hot, thought we would stop for a small beer before we entered Utah. We drove through a town called Montpellier. We searched in vain for a bar. There was none. We did however find the bank that had been held up by Butch Cassidy and his band of robbers in 1896.

Info plaque about Butch Cassidy and his gang.

And this is (was !) the bank he robbed, opposite the sign above.

We then moved on to Garden City and Rick and Connie’s holiday place and met them face to face for the first time. Rick had sent me instruction on key codes ect on the internet. We were lucky (not) that there was no internet available in the area and our phone would not let us access the messages. We ended up parked outside and waited for Rick and Connie to arrive.

Rick and I had been exchanging abuse and insults between us for a couple of years and it was good for him to insult me to my face for a change.  

It was late so we all went to bed with the promise of fun the next day and judging by the number of toys they had It would be good.

Saturday 27th June 2013 Miles Today 0 Total  15,235

We awoke to a vehicle arriving outside. It was Jessica, Rick and Connie’s daughter. She had bought her new boyfriend, Eric, up for the day to go play on the lake. Rick had a huge 5.7 litre power boat and the weather was good enough to take the beast out.

Rick and Connies boat.

The Halls being treated like Royalty.

Jessica was seriously good at the knee board....

and the wake board.....

I tried the knee board but if you stick 240lbs of throbbing lard on a board the size of a tea tray this happens.....

I am too old for this malarky

Rick did his best not to wet himself laughing at my watery demise but struggled to get air into his lungs for laughing.
The weather then turned windy so we took the boat back out of the water, went back to Ricks house and after some of Connie’s delicious grub, Jessica and Eric went back to Salt Lake City to go on a bike ride. She has a SV650 Suzuki motorcycle. Top girl.
The rest of us then changed toys and took out a Yamaha Rhino 4 wheeler and 2 quads. We rode then up a nearby hill and on to some rugged trails for some fun.

The view of the lake from the quad trail.

Connie and Rick in thr Rhino and fat boy on the quad. I am ashamed to say that I could not keep up with Rick driving the Rhino.

His and hers quads.

Karen was very good on this beast.

On the way back we came across a male moose with a serious set of antlers.

Our delightful hosts and a moose. That woman sure can cook.

Sunday 29th July 2013 Miles Today 0 Total  15,235

We awoke to a very warm and clear day and although we intended to go off road riding, we took the boat out again. Yeehaaaa
Rick decided to take out Giant Bubba the multiseat float. Karen and I went on the float first and all was well till Connie took us over some wash whilst I was showing off and not holding on. As I went off over the back, my head bashed on Karen’s and she bailed out too. Oops.

Fear and joy have similar facial expressions.

Then we decide to go for a swim. Connie, who was driving the boat, was a bit embarrassed about us going in. She has no idea how much fun we were having and the water was very warm.
Then Rick and I had a go together and Connie turned the wick up a notch. Rick and I struggled to breathe due to our laughing so hard. The ride was cut short by a puncture. Rick got off last as he was the captain but he was not brave enough to go down with the float. Wussy.

We laughed so much we couldn'r breathe.

Thanks for a great couple of days from a great couple of guys.

We had a long ride around the lake and decided to call it a day after the storm clouds started to gather. Once home Connie cooked us chicken and corn on the cob. We were treated to the biggest chicken I have ever seen. It must have been a sumo wrestler before being taken down by a SWAT team.
Rick and Connie needed to depart for Salt Lake City for work the next day. We have had a fantastic
couple of days from which the memories will be with us for years. Thanks Guys.

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