Heber Valley, Utah
Heber Valley, UT, 22 February 2014 – One of my favorite lazy day things to do is to just get in the car and go for a drive somewhere close but new and interesting. The trouble is this is one of Greg’s least favorite things to do. Somehow I managed to get him to agree to packing the bikes in the back of the Rav4 and driving up to Morgan, a very small town East of Ogden. The sky was overcast and we noticed as we drove through what little town there was that the roads were less than optimal for cycling so we agreed to forgo the bike ride today.
As we were driving home, Greg suggested we head to Heber and try to bike there. We knew the roads are wider and more accommodating to cycling. The town of Heber sits midway between Salt Lake City and Provo on the east side of the Wasatch mountain range. After we parked in a neighborhood next to some horse property and suited up in our bike kits the sky cleared to a majestic blue. It stayed that way the entire afternoon with temperatures reaching 46 degrees. We rode for ninety minutes heading toward Midway, home of the Homestead Resort and part way up some of the canyon roads. This was Greg’s first ride since fall so he was a bit slow on the climbs, but he was still a trooper. With few vehicles on these back roads the ride was pleasant and a good workout. This is the link to our Heber Bicycle Ride on Strava since WordPress and Strava don’t like one another. With the snow melting and little greenery on the mountains they look a bit bleak up close so we didn’t take many pictures during the ride. But we did manage to stop and take some images of Mount Timpanogos blanketed in snow and late afternoon mist at the end of the trip. Overall we had a nice little ride away from our usual SLC circuits.