Day 3 (part 2) – Telluride, Mt. Sal, Moab.
After Ophir, I was feeling pretty good. An amazing experience with some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever witnessed. I was ready to forge ahead to Telluride. My plan was to hang out in Telluride for a while and take a break… but remember those Thunderstorms I managed to avoid… almost right after I got into town, you could see the storm bearing down in the city and I knew that was my cue to GTFOOT. So off I took off towards Moab.
(Telluride with the “other” pass in the background)
(Those Thunderstorms were on me like a cheap suit on a fat man!)
(finally put them behind me… so I thought)
(they snuck around a mountain and nailed me… but only for about 5 minutes… close one!)
Instead of just slabbing right into town, I decided to take the Mt. Sal Loop that I had heard about on ADV. I basically started on Geyser Pass, which was a dirt road that had some rough spots long the way and eventually ended up on some pavement for the Mt. Sal Loop.
I went through and area that had obviously recently burned up and it was pretty ominous to see what the fire did. This was when I got my first good look at Castle Valley. Amazing.. The Priest and Nuns and Castle Rock were pretty breath taking. Especially with the clouds in the sky… this made for the best photo op of the entire trip.
(gratuitous bike shot)
(super wide angle self portrait)
I eventually hooked up with 128 and rode that along the Colorado River back to Moab. That stretch of road is the finest motorcycle ride I have ever experienced in my whole life. The roads were perfect… the scenery was like being on another planet except for the beautiful Colorado River along the way.
Eventually I got to Moab and checked into the Best Western Canyonlands. Pricey, but I needed a decent room to chill out in. I was pretty exhausted and they had a restaurant right next door. After a shower and a quick bite… I crashed hard and slept pretty good all night.