WASHINGTON CITY — Local resident Jim Salmon, 77, has now ridden his mountain bike enough miles to go around the world twice.
By his own calculations, Salmon has logged more than 50,000 miles since moving from Moab to the St. George area with his wife, Rusty, following their retirement about 13 years ago.
“I lived in Grand County, up in Castle Valley, where I’d ride my mountain bike all the time. It’s the mountain bike capital of the world,” Salmon told St. George News.
A longtime Boy Scout leader, Salmon served in many positions, including that of cycling merit badge counselor, often accompanying the boys on riding trips of up to 50 miles.
“So when we got over here, my wife asked me, ‘What do you want to do? Do you want to keep riding and continue doing that?’” Salmon said.
Salmon said he started riding his bike around the area and getting acquainted with the county, but he soon decided he needed to create some sort of goal.