Tuesday, June 10, 2014

20. Day 17, 18 & 19. Moab, UT to Dillon, CO + Rest Day + Dillon, CO to Norton, KS

We left Moab heading towards Dillon, CO where we planned on doing oil changes and chain clean/lube.  Our plan was to take a direct route to Dillon so we could get the bike maintenance done the same day.  When we left Moab the weather was great, but we knew we may run into some rain.  We took the very lovely 128 out of Moab which followed the Colorado River.  After that we planned on taking interstate the rest of the way so we could get into Dillon early.
The lovely Colorado
Not sure what that structure is.

Of course, our plan fell by the wayside as we got closer to our destination and the weather became colder and colder and rainier and rainier.  As we crossed Vail pass I really thought it might start to snow. It was freezing. I believe the elevation we were at was 10,600 feet,  We had to stop and switch to our winter gloves. The last 65 miles of the trip were tough.

When we finally pulled into our friends driveway it was still raining and cold.  I used his dog to warm myself up and parked the bike for the night.  No work was getting done.  When our host got home he was kind enough to let us use his truck to go to Walmart for our oil change supplies.  There was no way I was getting back on the bike.  I don't think I warmed up until the next day.  We went out for a sushi and hibachi feast and absolutely loved driving in the car given the temperature.
Doubles as a hand warmer.

When we woke up on day 18 (Monday) it was 27 degrees and it looked like it was going to be raining east of us which is the direction we are heading.  So we quickly decided to stay put and wait for it warm up and then we would work on the bikes.

icy seat

Sunny but chilly!!
I only stand up for snacks.

So we got the work done on the bikes and were lazy and snacky the rest of the time.  We watched a lot of Shark Tank and What Would You Do.  This was the first TV we watched since we left so it was a nice distraction.

Since it still looked like it may rain to the south and east the following day we decided to stay on the northern side of CO & KS and heads towards Cawker City, KS which is the home of the World's Largest Ball of Twine.  It was 440 mile goal.  We left a bit late and given that we crossed time zones and lost another hour we stopped after 340 miles in Norton, KS.  Hopefully we will get to see twine tomorrow.

Kansas so far is straight and flat but the weather today was perfect so I just enjoyed the never ending plains and an abundance of sky.  We saw a crop dusting plane, what must have been a buffalo farm and lots of cows.  We had a yummy burger at Cindy's food truck in Anton, CO and just enjoyed the nice weather.  Still no camping but a lovely $55 motel room is just fine!
This is pretty much the view for the whole day.

Food truck burger.  Yum

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