The good: Take your breath away beauty of the park!
The bad: The heat.
The ugly: My new Shoei Qwest helmet SUCKS! Right about 45 minutes into the ride, right after putting my helmet on, I get this vice grip like pain on the sides of my head right above my ears. It's so painful it makes me have to pull over to take the helmet off. Luckily, we weren't traveling very far and were not in a big hurry because, we really did have to pull over just about every 45 minutes to an hour. It sucked! My new prescription glasses are also too tight. Between the two of them, it was miserable.
We left on Tuesday morning, not terribly early, avoiding morning rush hour traffic. Starting mileage:
Our destination, home base for the trips into the park, was Fruita, CO. It's a small town that makes it's living off the mountain bikers who come to the area. Fruita is less than 2 hours from Moab, UT. We stayed at the La Quinta, which was just fine. Across the parking lot was the Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park.
We ate dinner at the Rib City place in the background of the above photo. It wasn't untasty. I even had catfish that was pretty good. And the beer was ice cold, albeit they were small glasses. And it was right across the street; can't beat that.
On Wednesday we traveled to the Colorado National Monument for the first time. Here we are, the happy couple, gearing up to go!
Here is the obligatory park entrance photo:
The next stop was at the visitors center which is 4 miles in from the west entrance. There was a short film about the geology of the area and the other usual things you'd find in a park service visitors center. We ventured out on our first hiking trail from here as well.
Hubby in our shady lunch spot:
|We did not do this hike. Next time. Maybe. It looks hard.|
For dinner, we had out eye on this pizza joint in town that serves New Belgium on tap. It was about a mile walk which was a nice way to stretch the legs after a long hot day in the saddle. The Hot Tomato Cafe did not disappoint.
The beers were cold and we had a nice spot at the bar. It's a small place with as much outdoor seating as there is inside. The bartender gave me some stickers which I added to my side case. :-)
Did I mention that Fruita is a cycling town?
It was the best day! I was blown away at my good fortune to be able to ride my motorcycle, with the love of my life, to such a beautiful place.