Today was one of those days where I covered a fair amount of distance (about 361 miles), all of it on back roads, and never got tired of the drive. The scenery changed dramatically during the ride and there was beauty around every corner to keep me occupied. These are the great times of a road trip.
Started off in Green River, Utah, and headed south to the Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. I wanted to get there early because (1) the temperature was going to be well over 100 degrees and (2) the place is supposed to be packed on the weekends after lunch. As I made the trip down to the park, the landscape turned from desert brush and mesas to a tad more rocky:
Arches National Park is one of those truly awe-inspiring places. It is very difficult to describe the impact that these massive boulders and rock formations have on you as you look across miles of beauty.
I’m only going to put a few photos of the park in this post. I’ve created a large photo album for July 24 that is packed with pictures. Here are some of my favorites, though:
When I was heading into Devil’s Garden, I happened to glance down at Big Red’s odometer. Weird, huh?
Needless to say, I filled the camera with great stuff. Check out the photo album for some real treats. And if you ever get out this way, this is one place not to miss…
After leaving Arches, I went across some back roads into Colorado. About ten miles inside the border, the land changed from the massive, rocky, red soil to this:
Driving through the valley, I got to meet some critters:
After crossing that valley and rounding the lake, the landscape got interesting again as I headed into the Rocky Mountains:
I made it across the Rockies today and into Salida, Colorado. Tomorrow, I head for Pueblo and parts east. Stay tuned.
Today’s Travel: 361 miles
Total Travel To Date: 10, 905 miles