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Biking The Zion Scenic Route

A lot of people talk about biking the Zion Scenic Route, because there are no cars allowed. It’s not often that there are roads these days where it’s closed off to traffic, so Topher and I were excited to explore this beautiful low traffic road. The only traffic allowed are the shuttles that drop people off at the trailheads. The scenic route is where all the different trailheads are for the different canyons around the park. There is also a lodge people stay in, so there are a few cars early on in the ride, but you have to have a “special” red pass to park at the lodge, to show that you are staying there.

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We again left straight from our campsite and headed out for our scenic ride. It was like we were in Jurassic Park. No joke. With the river running on one side, the greenery over head, and the canyon walls on the other side. We were in heaven. We road up to the turn around where the trail head of The Narrows usually begins (which unfortunately was closed due to high waters). We then pedaled our way back down the scenic road, and back to the campground. It’s a nice easy ride, where you can just be in nature, and well just be. There is nothing like exploring on two wheels. I would love to take a whole year off and just travel the world on two wheels.

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Photo by Topher Riley

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After a beautiful morning, we were both exhausted and headed down to the river bank for some R&R, which quickly turned into a river ice bath. ๐Ÿ˜› lol. We were both pretty sore from St. George 70.3, so we thought, why not? I, of course, let Topher test it out first. haha. I then hopped on in, and we had the best natural ice bath I’ve ever had. We probably stayed in for 20 or so minutes. The water temp I’d guess was about 58? It was COLD.

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Before I knew it, we were on the river bank taking a nap with the sun shining down on us. It was heaven. It might honestly be my favorite moment of our whole trip. haha. It was so peaceful listening to the river run, and just closing our eyes, and letting go. We had no distractions, no pressure, no need to be anywhere or do anything. It was truly the definition of relaxation, which I needed more than anything. That is how I recharge.

For some reason, there is nothing like a cup of hot coffee or tea while you are camping. I was really excited to put our new GSI Outdoors Halulite Microdulist Stove to use! I brought my Big Train Chai Tea. YUM! It’s been my go-to morning drink for the last month and it has changed my life. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Photo by Topher Riley

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Love our Zippo grilling utensils!

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Photo by Topher Riley

With that we closed out the evening with some grilled food, and then hit the hay, because as you campers know, when the sun goes down, it’s time for bed. What a magical day. I highly recommend camping at South Campground, hanging out by the river and biking the scenic route. It will not disappoint.

A big thank you to Zippo and GSI Outdoors for hooking us up!!! And Thermarest (although products not featured in this post). Their products are undeniable awesome. Check them out for your next camping trip. You will not be disappointed! ๐Ÿ™‚