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Colorado National Monument

2016-09-26

tl;dr: I visited Colorado National Monument and the biked into the Utah public lands.

I left the hotel late and made my way up to Colorado National Monument. The lady at the ticket booth was having a fit because I only had a single light for going through a 100-yard tunnel. Eventually she decided that all my reflectors would suffice. The tunnel wasn't even long enough to get dark, but maybe she was on to something with the extra lights, because some retarded tourist passed me in the tunnel like I wasn't even there.

The roads along the canyons can get a bit narrow feeling. Hey, that's a 500 foot drop-off. I shall peddle closer to the center of the road for a bit.

The going is a lot easier. Even with climbing from Grand Junction up to the top of Colorado National Monument, I think my high point today was 6600 feet.

From Colorado National Monument I cut over to Glade Park and then headed west. This route traveled down a long canyon and was kind of cool. Eventually I ended up in Utah where I peddled along public land roads for a few hours before stopping.

I was just going to sleep out on the ground, but mountain lions, so I set up my tent. I have no reason to suspect mountain lions are near and hungry. Just an irrational fear of mountain lions, I guess. Also, for some bizarre reason there are mosquitoes here.

approaching Colorado National Monument


Colorado National Monument






tunnel




another big canyon


looking down on Grand Junction


yet another big canyon






strange house in Glade Park


leaving Glade Park


DS Road


This cave has a roof blackened from smoke and now shelters cattle.


see the arch?


another arch


long horns


DS Road


Welcome to Utah! (on the left)


on public lands






I climbed up here to explore this lame cave






good night Utah

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