I headed West to continue the quest for National Park stamps to complete my Master Tourer Challenge. I had intended on going to Pipe Springs, NM, Death Valley, Ca and Lake Meade, NV, but Death Valley got scrapped on the advice of a local rider and some of the other parks changed, too. By changing things around I've gained about 5 hours of flex time for unforeseen delays.
I headed toward Colorado National Monument and got some great help at Colorado Junction's visitor center. I walked out with a highlighted map and the name of the last gas stop on 70, Green River, before a 115 mile stretch to Salina, Utah. I drove through the park's 26 miles and it was stunning. It was the best lost hour I could have spent. (4 hours flextime left.)
From there I went to Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. I'd been before, so only went to the visitor's center. I got my stamps and watched the 15 minute orientation film about the park and got back on the road. I wanted to get as close to Baker, Nevada as possible to start tomorrow off close to Great Basin, the first stop for Monday.
I passed 2 gas stations on the way to Green River wanting to fill up at the last opportunity, since I had about 80 miles left in my tank. As I saw the exit sign for Green River
I filled my empty water bottle with gas to get me back to the gas station and the guys waited for me to start the bike. When they caught my wave they went on their way. I went back down to the
So, I survived another day of silliness. Didn't get as far as I had hoped, but who knows...that 2 hour snafu either put me in the rain or set me up to perfectly drive thru the center of a bit of nasty weather and get the least of it for a change. :) It could always be worse. And, hey, there's always tomorrow to see how my genious will manifest itself. :)