Tour 2015 – Day 9: Green River to Chama

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At Moab Classic Bikes (and Coffee) for the coffee and to see if our friend Eric, a recent Warmshowers guest, was at work today. We saw him later on the way out of town.

Out of Green River, into the sunrise, to Moab, where we grabbed coffee at Moab Classic Bikes and breakfast at the Jailhouse Cafe before getting in a moderately long line for Arches National Park. Moab seems to be busy year around, and especially on holiday weekends: many of the viewpoints were filled to capacity, so most of our photos were drive-by window shots with Judy’s iPad. But, well worth the excursion, and the weather was great. We’ll come back on a future trip.

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Back through Moab, we stopped again at Moab Classic Bikes to give out a howdy to Eric, our December Warm Showers guest who is working as a bike mechanic while he prepares for the 2015 Great Divide Mountain Bike Race, a 4000km unsupported mountain bike race from Calgary, AB to Antelope Wells, NM along trails and mountain roads down the continental divide. Then we headed south into the storm of the day.

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US 64, between Pagosa Springs, Colorado and Chama, NM. Photo by Judy

Headed east from Monticello, Utah, we encountered snow squalls all the way through Colorado, coming into clear skies just before our destination for the night, Chama, NM. The motel we booked via the Internet turned out to be adequate, and the local eatery and watering hole was filled with the distinctive smells of New Mexico cooking, also tasty.

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No, this isn’t our motel room, but the interior of the Wolfe cabin on Salt Wash in Arches National Park.
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Detail of the log joinery and chinking on the 1906 Wolfe cabin. The gap near the corner provides a camera viewport through which the above photo was taken.