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Archive for June, 2011

Climb to Columbine – Day 20

Spent the morning in Naturita having breakfast and gathering info from the visitor’s center and a good-bye to our friend Sandy.
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We decided to venture off-road today… a mere 32 miles and 4000 feet of elevation stood between us and Columbine Campground in the Uncompahgre National Forest. It was slow and steady but enjoyable to be on a road less traveled. We enjoyed a couple of breaks on the way up to take in the scenery.
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Hoped this was not an indication of road conditions in the National Forest. Jenn’s friend ‘Wolf’ did warn her of potholes that swallowed up small pickups – as well as telling her about bears, snakes and mountain lions that roamed the woods up on the plateau.
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Gene decided he needed a nap on the way up!
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We finally made it to the top and after some searching found the camping area just before sunset allowing us to set up camp, make dinner and hang our food just before nightfall. Another great day! (799 miles)
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LaSal, UT to Naturita, CO – Day 19

This has to be one of the most beautiful days we’ve had. Beautiful canyons and valleys plus perfect weather. In addition, great climbs and descents as we entered Colorado. (767 miles)

Morning view from our patio.
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The LaSal’s are getting closer.
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Fuel for the day from the General Store in La Sal.
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After going the wrong way yesterday Jenn is verifying my route.
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Sweet!!!
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Goodbye Utah… Hello Colorado!
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Anyone want to invest in some property in Colorado?
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Thanks to John from Libertyville for the cold spring water! Beautiful place in western Colorado.
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Paradox Valley
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Flintstones, meet the Flintstones…
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Yes, that gray building on the right is the post office!

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Had to go a couple miles off the main road to find some shade for lunch.
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Thanks to the friendly folks of Naturita that let us camp in their park. And a special thanks to Sandy for warning us about the sprinkling system that goes on in the middle of the night. We also enjoyed the Chinese Flying Lantern show. I need to get me some of them.
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Eastbound and down… – Day 18

After a nice rest day we got back on the road again. After about 8 miles of going uphill we realized we were going the wrong way. At least we had a really nice downhill ride.

Got back to the right road and it was a bit scary as it was a truck route with hardly any shoulder. Had hoped to get to Hole in the Rock before it closed and refuel but no such luck. Will have to stop back there on the way back. This couple carved a 5,000 square foot home out of the red sandstone.

Found a great road to head east on – UT Route 46! Heavenly road; nobody on there but us and some cows.

Unable to refuel, Jenn ran out of Gas about 4 miles from LaSal, UT so we found some level ground about a hundred yards from the road on what I believe was Rattle Snake Ranch. Fortunately we did not see any rattlesnakes but we were definitely not alone that night. (712 miles)

Who would keep a bison in the desert?
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At least the wrong way had nice views of the LaSal Mountains
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Ken’s Lake – got to see it twice. Had to be 98F in the shade!
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Eastbound on heavenly Route 46 – and it will take us into Colorado!
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Jenn wanted to know if what she saw next to our tent was “rattlesnake pooh” – it was deer scat.
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Moab, UT (rest day) – Day 17

Spent the day checking out Moab and spent the evening on a Canyonlands by Night boat tour on the Colorado River. Also had the required chores on a rest day, inspect the bikes, laundry, nap, inspect the local taverns and eating establishments.

Met 3 good guys riding cross country at Poison Spider Bikes. Check out there blog at thisisvicariousness@blogspot.com. (667 miles)

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Full Moon pic for our friend Maiya

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Arches National Park – Day 16

Got up early to ride into Arches to avoid some of the heat and crowds. Great downhill trail to the entrance and then a nice climb into the Park. This place is amazing! Pictures speak for themselves.

Thanks to Lloyd and Ricki of Springville, OK for saving Jenn from the heat and dehydration. She ran out of water and energy after the ride and hike to Delicate Arch and they gave her a ride to the visitor center. She could not have asked for better company, not too mention their AC worked really well.

Ride to Moab was downhill. Spent the night at “Grandma’s House” as the Lazy Lizard Hostel was full. Shared Grandma’s House and breakfast with Kevin and Sam (Ameicorps) and Aaron and Amber on there way to LA where Aaron is doing his residency. (649 total miles)

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Congratulations!

Shout out to cousin Jake and nephew Aaron! Congratulations to you both on your graduation. And congrats to nephews Ryan and Matt Warren on graduating from 6th grade! Great job – now enjoy the summer break!

Jake – hope you are having a Great Birthday too!

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Aaron – enjoy the summer and continued success in High School! Hi to Travis too (big brother).

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Jenn’s B-Day – Fowler to La Junta, CO (Day 29)

A big THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes sent my way today. I truly enjoyed reading each and every one of them! I am very fortunate to have so many great friends and family. You made my day:).

We spent the day in La Junta, CO. Got the king size bed and hot shower…not that I don’t enjoy camping in the wilderness with all kinds of other critters.

I was able to dig my LBD and sandals out of the bottom of my saddle bag for the first time. As much as Gene likes me in my biking gear, I think he appreciated me digging out the LBD. (1153 miles) .

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You are a great riding partner! Only 24 miles to the hotel!

How to make Jenn happy: Margarita, guacamole, and something covered in cheese (burrito). She was so excited she forgot to take off her helmet. Great lunch Rocky Ford, CO.
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We saw this girl and thought it was Jenn’s sister Beth riding out to meet Jenn for her birthday. Realized it wasn’t her as she was actually talking on her phone – not texting or facebooking
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Wanted to take Jenn to a fancy nightclub for her birthday but this one doesn’t open until noon.
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So we found a great bar with great people in La Junta. Special thanks to Pam and Jake for the good conversation, being so welcoming and the drinks!
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Almost lost Jenn to Jake in a pool game. Fortunately I got on a roll and was able to keep her.
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Almost looks like she would have been happy if I would have lost!
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