The Cold Road, Dove Creek to Moab

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It was a cold road from Dove Creek, Colorado. We woke to snow and general unpleasantness in the wind and an 80 mile day into Moab, Utah. We had been staying in our first hotel of the trip, provided by Dakota of http://www.traipsingabout.com/. He's on a cross-countryish tour in a sprinter van and had met Brady and Rachel for bagels back in Durango. We were grateful.

But today is not the day to talk about Dakota, our new friend. Alas, I only have 20 minutes until we pack the bike and head into Canyonlands. The road has been crazy, and I wanted to share with you this day.

I promise I will return to describe our ride from Santa Fe to Moab, and the people we've met along the way.

But here is this day, if only in summary.

This is what I woke up to

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So we hit the road. And then the weather got whack when we got to Utah.

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There was a Maverick's, which is a really nice gas station with $2.50 personal pizzas.  While there I ate the following: a pizza, a pint of whole chocolate milk, two bagels, three slices of cheese, the rest of the peanut butter, the rest of the hazelnut spread,  a chocolate bar.

Then Tyler rapped.

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Dickie V came out for a while.

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And then I got cold, wet, and sad.

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From there I pedaled forth, and got a flat. Dakota rolled up in his van and let me warm up inside for a while. We listened to Macklemore. It was awesome. Rachel was so excited she fell over on her bike.

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Just kidding. She just fell over.

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Somewhere in it all we did a brief interview with Meredith of Elephant Journal. We talked until 5:30, then realized we had 15 more miles till Moab.

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That was about the time Brady got a flat. Rachel went ahead of us while we changed, and so it was only Brady and I left in the canyons.

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We crushed 25 mph for the next 40 minutes, and got within two miles of our host where I got a flat, and then another flat. I called Dakota, our savior,  who came and picked me up smiling.

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And so the longest day on the road drew to a close. The road, man.

More to come! Sorry for the briefest of updates.  Dakota! Meredith! Eric! Jeff! My new friends of Utah! I will share your stories soon! Till then, Canyonlands!

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