Salt Lake City
224 Kms from Richfield
Day 8: Salt Late City, UT — The only thing on my mind during the entire ride was to max out the odometer on my 4.0L 8-cylinder (V8)s Mustang GT on the Bonneville International Speedway, a place best known for setting speed records on land. But there was one problem, a freakin’ commercial was shot on the speedway because of which it was closed. And the car used for that commercial was a Mustang GT! Sigh! But that did not stop me from driving on salt.
283 Kms from Richfield
Day 9: Moab, UT — A 3 hour smooth ride south-east from Salt Lake City will get you to a place which lies atop a salt bed, believe it or not, which was the result of a sea evaporating over which sandstone was deposited giving it’s famous rusty red color. The beautiful Arches National Park. I don’t know if it sounds strange but US-191 is actually built on Moab Fault. ON a tectonic fault! I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like that!
219 Kms from Richfield
Day 10: Page, AZ — Traveling is never complete without good food and meeting new people. On my way to Monument Valley I stopped by an unknown town called Blanding in UT where I sat down with a couple of ranchers over lunch in a local restaurant. We talked about life in cities and towns and how much they like living in their ranches with all the space and time they get over a Navajo bread burrito, one of the best breads I ate. For anyone who remembers the famous scene form Forrest Gump where he stops running. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKKmzmeU5-0).