I'm going to punch it into overdrive to try to catch up on posts. So where did we leave off? My dad and I had spent the night in Craig, Co. The next morning we broke camp with our sights on Utah.
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We caught a quick breakfast at McDonald's before heading out. I noticed this truck in the parking lot. Three dogs in the back and none of them moved from their locations while the owner ate breakfast inside.
The other was that I had my first close encounter with a deer. I'm cruising along at 75 when a single deer pops out of a bush and decides to cross the road between me and a oncoming car. I slam on the brakes, causing them to lock up. The deer starts to have second thoughts and slows down a bit. This gives me time to get off the brakes and regain traction, I've dropped down to around 40Mph. The deer says "screw it, I'm going" and finally makes a mad dash all the way across the road. It's at this time I figure out I'm not going to hit it and watch as it scrambles off on its way. For the rest of the morning I was a bit on edge over the whole incident.
The rest of the trip into Utah was uneventful. I believe this was the day before Memorial Day, and every small town we rolled through had flags showing. We stopped in Duchesne, UT for gas and food. The Cowan's Cafe had some great grub.
Manti-La Sal National Forest into the town of Huntington. My dad and I were pretty tired and looking for a place to camp. After an exhaustive Google search I couldn't find anything. We decided to find a motel in the next town of Castle Dale. We we arrived we found a empty motel with a note saying to call a number. When I called the number the owner said she could drive down to Castle Dale but that she was currently at her other motel in the town of Huntington! I said fine. Rather then have her drive down we'd drive back the 10 miles to Huntington. My advice to any would be travelers who find themselves smack dab in the middle of Utah..don't expect much in the way of lodging.