When we arrived at Uli's house, it was almost like coming home. We knew where things were, how to
operate the set of remote controls, Ludi welcomed us heavily and when
I opened my PC it connected instantly to the internet :)
We spent a few days at Uli and used the time mostly in writing our
blog, making the videos and relaxing. My coffee addiction became
obvious and besides that I cannot remember how many episodes of Star Trek – Next
generation I watched :D
|Those (cute) worms ate the entire tree within the few days we were gone.|
|Ludi wanted to be close to his "new mom-sitter" :D|
I checked my bike for
any damages but I could not find anything serious. The GPS display suffered and it has now several dark spots :( The Suzi got new
tires for front and back. Those Heidenau lasted very long – the
front was on the bike ever since we left Finland (lasted 45000 km) and the
back tire was mounted in Spain (lasted 25000 km).
|Back with new tires for Skippy.|
Well, we stayed a day longer because
Skippy felt a bit flu'ish. More coffee and Star Trek for me - I loved it ;) (BTW I forgot to mention earlier that Sprouts had two kinds of vegan muffins - oh they were sooo tasty!).
We left Grand Junction and rode first
through the Colorado National Monument. Very scenic road with canyon
after canyon and it was difficult to focus on the road. The remaining
of the road all the way to Dinosaur was mostly boring. Well, we did
see the mountains now from the other side ;)
Beautiful views in Colorado National Monument:
A few impressions from the Trail Through Time (near Colorado/Utah border nearby I-70).
|Lyra and Ulpu sought shade.|
|Real dinosaur fossil.|
|Do you find our bikes?|
|It was HOT and walking in straight sun was additional cause that Skippy went topless :D|
The campground in Dinosaur did not look
inviting at all, the Terrace motel had a big fat sign “no pets”
hanging there and so we went to HiVU (I am not sure whether that was the name of the motel) – 40USD per night cash and dogs
The ride to Rock Springs was somewhat
monotonuous not as bad as Nebraska but getting close to it. The Koa
Campground did not look at all inviting. All tent space was in direct
sun light no shade and no fun. We ended up in Motel 6 and I got a
discount because I was so old – imagine that! Well I did not care,
whenever a room got cheaper I am happy.
|Somewhere along the road (Hwy 191)|
|Break at Aspen trail.|
The search for accommodation felt
really difficult this time. Campground was once more all in sun, the
first motels charged 10USD/pet extra, the next place was fully
booked, then there was nobody at reception and also in the next place
where I left after waiting for 15min that somebody showed up (which
did not happen). The last motel of the town was too expensive for our
budget. Those are the moments in our life where I get really
frustrated. After riding a day in hot weather, searching for
accommodation and grumbling from Skippy instead of support! (Because Wolfi can't drive according to the traffic signs!
- claims Skippy ... and she does not get that I have only one pair of eyes
In the end we went back to motel #4, as finally there was somebody at reception. It was yet unbelievable how
disorganized one can be. Of course there are zillions of disorganized
people in this world but they typically do not run a motel. After
intensive(!) search, the lady found a room which was
non-smoking and had one bed. Once I entered the room there were two
beds – who figured? I really did not get that logic, neither did I
care as I was dead-tired both mentally and physically.
Since we did not know where we will end
up the next night we did our grocery shopping in Lander. When we
entered Safeway one guy came to us and asked us whether we were the
ones from ADV-rider? I was really confused ... yeah I am on ADV-rider,
so are thousands of other people. We were already used to
it that people recognize our bikes especially my sidecar but this???
We really felt like celebrities and that boosted our morning energy
sky high. In all this mysterious moment I forgot to ask the guy's
name, so whenever you read this – please say hello :) we were
really overwhelmed by the moment. Thanks!
|yep ... sure ... no worries ... we still have not heard that a bear attacked a vegan ;) Anyways, Skippy had an evening run all alone here in the sunset....|
|Spooky looking sky - better get back to hotel ...|
|Our track - about 870km|
P.S. if you miss our travelogues let us know! :)
"P.S. if you miss our travelogues let us know! :)"ReplyDelete
Yes...I like the little videos and music.
I have stayed at the Hatchet Resort Hotel twice and they were always really nice to us. BUT, we were not as tight on a budget as you are and could afford the nice rooms.ReplyDelete
Not too many choices up there. If you would have gone another ten (or so) miles west, there's a National Forest Service campground about three miles off the right side of the highway on a pretty lake, but like you said, it may have been a bit too cold.
Mexico was great!
And there was a campground just besides the resort, but with that rain and freezing in night, tent camping is no fun.Delete
Good to hear that Mexico was great. You had good timing before the next hurricane comes. Say hi to Ludi and Cindy ;)
Yes, I watch all the travelogues.ReplyDelete