Oct 24 : Comb Wash

Oct 24 : Comb Wash

There is a reason it’s called “Comb Ridge”

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After we all said our goodbyes and went our separate ways from Valley of the Gods, Bob and I took off in our respective campers for some smaller group adventuring (small group = Bob, me and my dogs)

Comb Wash, which runs along the Comb Ridge is not only a lovely drive, but the area has ruins and a brave history. I’d like to come back and spend more time here.

It’s not a difficult drive, but there are definitely some sandy washes that could be tricksy in the wrong vehicle.

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We passed two struggling motorcyclists on street bikes and after getting a couple more miles up the road, we stopped and decided to go back to see if they needed a hand, or recovery strap. As we got back into our trucks for the turn-around, the two guys rode up. We all chatted and found out that they were from England and were making the trek to Bonneville.

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Bob wanted to go up to Bears Ears, so with our eyes on the weather which called for storms in near-by areas, we headed up. I seem to have a blind spot when it comes to the words “mountain” and “drive up” and found myself yet again on a steep incline with sheer drop-offs at my side. Breathe.

We made it to the top,

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but clouds were filling the sky, so instead of continuing on over, we decided to go back down and find a campsite, hopefully somewhat protected from the impending storm. Getting to the top had been an exercise in fear-control for me as the road was a steep incline, full of twists and curves and sheer unprotected drop-offs. Bob reminded me how to utilize my lower gears for the drive down – a lesson I’ve learned a few times but seem to forget since I don’t use them often – and going down the hill was easy! I am still excited about that lesson and don’t think I’m likely to forget again.

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First, we did a drive around Natural Bridges National Monument .

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