Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Day Seven - Moab to Grand Junction via CO-128 - 100 Miles
I'm currently sitting in a motel in Grand Junction, Colorado, munching my way through a bowl of fruit salad I bought from the supermarket opposite (it's actually possible to eat too much restaurant food, I'm discovering, and I had a hankering for something simpler for breakfast today!).
Every now and I then I'd see brightly coloured rafts zipping down the river. White water rafting is popular round here - and the Colorado is a fast moving river. I'm not sure you'd get me doing that.
So the first stage is to climb 2,000 feet via a narrow road cut into the sandstone. There are many switchbacks and sharp bends and a worrying drop down one side. A great drive, but a little nerve wracking. From the top, you get huge views of Colorado and get to stand on the edge of many vertiginous canyons.
From there it was back down to Grand Junction - named because it's on a fork of the River Grand, as opposed to having any grand pretensions. Actually, it's a compact little town with a smart, affluent restored downtown. People were out and about even on a baking hot Sunday evening.
I tested the local brewery (it would be rude not to - and every town in Colorado seems to have one). Then I treated myself to a gourmet burger at a local restaurant - that appeared to be in the lobby of a bank. Still a delicious burger though!