Los Alamos to Salt Lake City

May 20-22, 2007

On May 20, 2007, we leave Los Alamos early afternoon, after a hectic morning trying to finish odds and ends, including trying to get on the net to cancel our various subscriptions (AllVantage internet service, Blockbuster, etc…), and a stop at the county park to purge the holding tanks, fill up on water, and put some air in the tires. The weather is very stormy, as it has been all season so far. It rained hard in Los Alamos this morning, then on and off on the road all day. Cloudy, dark day. We drive to our usual Wal Mart parking lot in Durango, CO, getting there at 7PM.

The next day, we go to town and spend the morning at the three climbing stores. We leave town early afternoon after having lunch at our usual burrito joint (Nini's near the train station). We make it to a few miles past past Moab that night after a brief stop in town (at the two climbing stores, what else?) and find a nice flat spot in the desert along Highway 191.

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The Bus has been parked in front of our duplex since we came back from our first bus trip in April 2005.
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Celebrating the beginnig of the 2007-2009 trip.
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Leaving los Alamos.
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Going down the los Alamos hill.
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Near Abiquiu, NM.
Driving toward Pagosa Springs, CO.
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Parked for the night at our usual spot in Durango (the local Wal-Mart).
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Driving through canyon country toward Moab.
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Near Moab, UT.
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Arriving in Moab.

On the third day, we go for a short bike ride (testing Lucie's hands - she's recovering from carpal tunnel related problems) on dirt roads and cattle tracks around the bus. Fun. Beautiful country, mostly sunny skies, and not too windy yet. Back to the bus, we get the bikes back on the Jeep, get the bus ready to go, and finally leave our nice desert spot around 11:30AM. We're driving to Cottonwood Canyon today. We make it there late afternoon, hitting busy traffic in Salt Lake. We leave the bus on a Ski Bus/Park and Ride parking lot to go explore the campgrounds. We drive up Little Cottonwood first and go check out the first campground 4.2 miles up the road. It's small, tight, with steep drives... this won't do with our bus. The host suggests we try the Spruce Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon. It's quite a bit further (9.1 miles up that canyon) but the road is a bit less steep and the campground more reasonable for a large bus. By the time we get back to the bus and drive back to camp, it is pretty late (8PM). Tomorrow, we're going climbing!

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Mellow dirt road where we took a short bike ride.
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Interesting landscape along I-70 near the San Rafael Swell.
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Rest area on I-70.
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Driving and driving...
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Arriving in Salt Lake.