Heading to Moab

We got up at 6 this morning to pack up, eat breakfast and say goodbye to “The Springs.”

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We decided to take a route on 24 up to CO 9 and then to 70, rather than doing I-25 up to Denver and then I-70 W.

We drove over 2 passes:

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The first was Wilkerson Pass, the 2nd was Hoosier’s Pass. This was all before getting onto I-70.

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We got up over 10000 feet and saw snow by the side of the road. We also drove through a couple ski resort areas before finally getting onto I-70. Then there was still some serious mountain curve driving as we drove past Vail and Aspen.

Once we got through most of the mountains, we stopped at a rest stop, and then Christine drove for a while.

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The next part of the drive was through Glenbrook canyon. The CO river ran through there and in several places there wasn’t enough room for 4 lanes of traffic, so they had the roads on top of one another.

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We drove through 4 or 5 tunnels.

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We ate lunch at a rest stop about 40 miles from Utah. It was bright and getting hot. We’re going to have to watch our sun exposure in this area.

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Christine drove the rest of the way. It opened up into a wide land, with lots of mesa and canyon formations. Red soil, so it is really different that what we’ve seen so far.

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We got to Moab around 5 pm, checked into our hotel and took a brief break, then went to supper at Moab Brewery.

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After supper, we drove over to Arches to go to the visitor center (which was closed), but drove in the park and stopped at a couple of overlooks and even walked down a trail into the canyon area. Kevin had us just stop and listen and we were able to see how quiet the desert was. It was a cool experience.

Looking forward to our time there tomorrow.

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