Dave’s Perspective: Since I am not riding today, I have no perspective.
Martie & Cat’s Perspective:
Dave’s Perspective: Since I am not riding today, I have no perspective.
Martie & Cat’s Perspective:
Dave’s Perspective: As we left Cortez and headed back to Mancos, I discovered that I would be riding with the Race Across America riders. In reality, we were on the same road at the same time. That’s all. Happy to report that none of those riders past me, while I was riding. It was nothing special today, it was just a riding day. Total mileage for today was 44.5 miles. Total trip mileage for Part 2 of Our MaD Adventure so far is 268.3 miles.
Martie and Cat’s Perspective: After we dropped dad off in Mancos, we drove on to Durango. The scenery is changing as we head up the mountain to include lush greenery and actual trees. While mom painted, I watched some of the RACE Across America team switch riders here in Durango. To end the day we ate dinner in historic Durango. We saw a Very big bike, bigger than the bike in Henderson Nevada. It was a fun day, even if I couldn’t ride.
Dave’s Perspective: HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL WHO FOLLOW US.
Bike riding this Sunday morning was an absolute pleasure. The weather was cool, there was no wind, and the countryside opened up before me as I rode along. There were huge plowed fields, along with miles of grassland. I saw deer and rabbits out for breakfast. Later, there were huge pasture areas with lots of cows and horses. Southwest Colorado is beautiful at this time of the year. I don’t know what it would be like with 15 feet of snow and the wind whistling (and I probably never will), but I sure enjoyed it today. There wasn’t much traffic and I made good time all the way to Mancos.
Unable to find accommodations in Mancos for the night, we backtracked a few miles to Cortez. We ended the day with a great dinner at a colorful Mexican restaurant. Tomorrow starts the uphill journey to Durango. Today’s total mileage is 54.3 miles. Total mileage for Part 2 of Our MaD Adventure is 224.8 miles.
Dave’s Adventure: I left Blanding this morning and headed for the Colorado border, 38 miles away. The road was full of the usual ups and downs. When I made the turn at Monticello, the wind was behind me, pushing me along. Just inside the Colorado border, I stopped for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a soda. Looking out over the landscape, it seemed to go on forever. So far, Colorado seems pretty flat. After 8 more miles, I reached Dove Creek and was done for the day. Total trip mileage for the day was 46 miles, while total mileage for Part 2 of our MaD adventure is 170.5 miles.
Martie and Cat’s Adventure: After waving goodbye to dad, I went back to sleep, while mom painted. A couple hours later, we also said goodbye to Blanding, Utah. We caught up with dad in Monticello where we found a nice shady spot for dad to rest after climbing up another steep section of the road. Then we drove on ahead to Dove Creek, Colorado to find a place to stay for the night. Fortunately, there was room at the town’s 1 small motel. We waited for dad at one of the 2 cafes in town; the other cafe isn’t open on Saturdays. Dad met us there shortly. The rest of the afternoon was spent settling down into our accommodation for the night and taking a much needed nap. After dinner, in the grocery store deli, dad and I wandered around the Dove Creek Cemetary. It’s interesting to visit the cemeteries in these little towns and learn about the people who have lived here. Some of the graves go back to the late 1800s. Tomorrow we are headed to Cortez, Colorado.
Dave’s Adventure: Today was the final ride out of the Glen Canyon area. It started out with a 5 mile uphill stretch, which included dodging cows. Then, it was 10 miles of downhill, which is really a lot of fun. I past a sign warning that the road ahead was a 9% grade downhill. Later on, I came around the corner where the road was every bit uphill, as the 9% was downhill. So, I guess it all averages out in the long run. By the time I finished, it was really hot and easily over 100 degrees. The weather in this area has been unusually windy, and now, unusually hot for this time of year. Just my luck.
Sometimes, the simple things in life are the best. For some people, it is an April shower. For some people, it is reading a good book. Last year for Martie, it was a bathroom at the summit after a really long climb. Today, for me, it was a frosty mug of A & W Rootbeer. It really made my day. Tomorrow, I’ll be leaving Blanding, dark and early, for new territory. Today’s total mileage was 33 miles, the total for Part 2 of our MaD Adventure is 124.5 miles so far.
Martie and Cat’s Adventure: After dropping Dad off at his starting point, Mom and I took a slow drive around Natural Bridges National Monument. It was beautiful, quiet, and peaceful out on the viewpoints all by ourselves. Then, we drove down the road to see how Dad was fairing. I was really surprised that it took us so long to catch up with him. He had already made it up the first big hurdle of the day. Mom and I trailed him up the next big hill to make sure that he was safe on the narrow windy road. I had mixed feelings about not being on the road with him this morning. On one hand I was sad I wasn’t riding with Dad, and on the other hand, I was elated that I didn’t have to climb that beast of a hill. I did miss the feeling of satisfaction you get from reaching the top and I made sure to get a picture of dad’s victory cheer. After that, mom and I drove back into Blanding where we met Dad at A &W for lunch.
The day before yesterday was just an ordinary day on our trip. Yesterday started out as ordinary and ended on a not so good note. Today was different than any other day on our trip. With Martie feeling better but unable to ride anymore this summer, I rode solo. It was probably my first solo ride without Martie since January.
Riding solo is really a different experience. You spend a lot of time in your own mind thinking of things you could have said differently, or done differently, or planning things for the future. I also learned that I have a tendency to talk to myself. Some, but not a lot.
Today’s ride was about 32 tough miles. The hardest part was the long stretches of uphill. I was pretty well pooped by the time I was finished. Tomorrow we’ll make the finally push out of the Glen Canyon Area. Total mileage for Part 2 of Our MaD Adventure so far is 91.5 miles.
Martie spent the day relaxing, resting her arm, and wishing she was out on the road with dad. Since she didn’t go out for the day, there are no pictures tonight.
Today started out much like any other day on our trip. We were up before dawn and drove an hour back to our starting point. Mom left for the day to explore the countryside. We arranged to meet up at the Natural Bridges visitors center at the end of our ride later in the day. This part of the country is so quiet early in the morning.
About 45 minutes into our trek, we stopped to do a little mechanical work on Martie’s bike and then we were off again. Shortly after 9 o’clock we went off the pavement and onto a dirt road for a short break. That was the end of our ordinary day. As Martie was going from the pavement to the dirt road, she unclipped her right shoe. Unfortunately, she fell on her left side and broke her left elbow and wounded her dignity in the process. After assessing her wounds, Martie suggested that we walk our bikes further on down the road, away from the annoying swarms of little biting bugs. We made it about 2 miles, before flagging down a ride with an awesome family passing by. Mark, Dana, and Tori shared their adventures in Utah with us on the ride to the Natural Bridges visitor center where Mom picked us up.
We ended the day with a stop by the Emergency Room at the Blue Mountain Hospital where the friendly staff took very good care of Martie. As a result, this concludes Martie’s participation in part 2 of our ride across the country. Dave will continue on riding solo for a little longer. Martie will keep mom company and rest her arm.
Finally, no wind! What a difference a day makes. We got to begin the day going downhill without having to work so hard. We almost made it from the Hogs Spring Picnic Area to the Hite Overlook without any trouble. As luck would have it, Martie got a flat tire. Since we are both tire changing experts, this didn’t phase us one little bit. The complete adventure score is now: Martie 2 and Dad 1. Let’s hope neither of us gains any more points on this trip. The rest of the journey down to the bridges over the Dirty Devil and Colorado Rivers was relatively uneventful. The next 2 miles was a very slow uphill climb, where we met mom for lunch in the car. After lunch we had another short, but very steep climb before sailing down the road for a few more miles. On last downhill stretch, another rider caught up to us. Coyote, from Texas, shared with us his experience of riding from San Francisco on his way to St. Louis. We also were passed by a couple of gentlemen from Switzerland. They were doing a combination of road and off-road biking on their journey. Total mileage for the day is 21 miles. Total mileage for Part 2 of our MaD adventure so far is 54 miles.
Martie’s Musings: “Patience, is the word of the day. I’m so thankful that my dad patiently waited, while I decided whether or not continue on up the very steep 1 mile incline. We ate lunch in the car with mom and I contemplated just skipping that particular hill. In the end and with dad distracting me by asking me about school, I slowly made it up the hill. At the top, I was rewarded with several miles of downhill to finish off the day. I may not make it up all the hills ahead, but I’m sure glad that I made it up that one!
What Martie does not understand yet is that we are in this together. We are in this for the long haul and we will get it done together. D.
Today we got our start bright and early with the sunrise. Mom drove us 10 miles southeast of Hanksville and we peddled in the wind and uphill for the first half of our ride, again. That was the easy part of our journey. When we got to the top and headed down towards Glenn Canyon, the wind REALLY picked up. You know it’s bad when you have to struggle to peddle going downhill, just to stay upright. Sand blew past us going up the hill as we trudged downward. The worst times were when gusts of wind hit us from the side and tried to knock us over. Later, when we got back to Hanksville, we learned that the wind was blowing 20-30 mph. Rumor has it that wind is supposed to be gone tomorrow. Total mileage for the day is 23 miles. Total mileage for Part 2 of our MaD adventure so far is 33 miles.
We left Southern California early Saturday morning to begin part 2 of our MaD adventure, riding bicycles across the US. Surprisingly, we made it all the way to Hanksville, Utah in one day. We found Hanksville just like we left it last June; a couple of motels, 3 gas stations, a few restaurants and 1 major intersection. Since we arrived a day early, we thought that we’d get a few miles under our belts. That’s when we ran into a bike rider’s worst nightmare, all uphill and straight into the wind. After 10 miles of struggling against the 13-15 mph wind, we could stand no more and called it a day. We turned around road back downhill with the wind, reaching speeds of over 30 mph. The local townsfolk say that the wind is unusually strong for this time of year. Good to know, although that won’t make the ride an easier. Too bad we aren’t headed in the opposite direction. We will make the best of it and plug along again tomorrow. Mom, in our support vehicle, scoped out the road ahead and the report is, “more climbing up ahead.” Our total trip mileage for Part 2 of our MaD adventure is 10 miles.