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Colorado Mountain Adventure Ride 2018

'Monday July 9th, 2018 6:00'
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CO 141

 

CO 141 - The Unaweep/Tabequache Byway  was one of the best roads we discovered this trip.

 

CO 141 - entering the badlands / Slickrock
CO 141 - entering the badlands / Slickrock

 

It's a long ride. It takes a while to get into the slickrock area then there's a long open stretch.

CO 141 - slickrock area at south end
CO 141 - slickrock area at south end

 

Enjoy those high rocky areas while you can. The road next drops to a long flat stretch of desolate empty riding.

CO 141 - Some nice riding at the south end
CO 141 - Some nice riding at the south end

 

The long flat stretch across the open range leads to the start of the 150+ miles of canyons to come. 

 

CO 141 - south section
CO 141 - south section

 

Coming into the Naturita, the middle of the ride, the canyons start to build. It's a good place for a break. Blondie's Diner fit the bill, food was good.

 

Blondie's, Naturita
Blondie's, Naturita

 

The canyons continue to build north of Naturita. 

 

CO 141 - north of Naturita
CO 141 - north of Naturita

 

They really get big once you pass Gateway.

CO 141 - north end
CO 141 - north end

 

The canyons just go on and on, growing every bigger. It's amazing.

CO 141
CO 141

 

July is probably not the best time to ride this road, temperatures were over 100 degrees at times. Spring or fall are probably better, still the ride was thrilling.

CO 141 - Jackie loved the ride, the heat, not so much.
CO 141 - Jackie loved the ride, the heat, not so much.

 

As you draw nearer to Grand Junction the canyons become smaller and greener. Then gradually fade away. There's one last easy drop down into the valley and town.

 

CO 141
CO 141

 

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