Day 5: 26-July-2011 end Total miles: 505
Without a doubt the best day so far. The storm had cleared and I was on my way by 8am. The US50 crosses the Rockies passing through Salina, Gunnison, Montrose and when you are through you reach Grand Junction. 250 miles of mountains and passes. The view was spectacular and I even got out of the car for photo opportunities. Early in the day I experienced my first of several “pit” toilets. Amazingly, whilst gross in concept they do not smell at all.
I even saw a couple of brave, fit, very tanned cyclists – one on a racing bike and one touring with panniers.
After Grand Junction the US50 joins the I70 which means 75 mph speed limits so I thought: “let’s carry on and get a taste of the desert”. And the next 200 miles through the desert in Utah simply blew my socks off. I stopped at various viewing spots for more pics – I even for the first time on my holiday got the DSLR out. Those photos are too big to upload to the blog though.
By the way another first today: in Grand Junction I had to stop for the first pedestrian I had seen crossing the road on a crossing. Actually it looked like a small collection of pupils and a teacher.
So finally I am ready to travel the road that prompted me to do as much of route 50 as I could. That being route 50 throughout the Nevada desert, the so called loneliest road in America.
Here are some snaps of my day: