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Monday, June 28, 2010

Day 14: Moab, UT

Welp, it was my turn to drive again unfortunately. Zane put it perfectly, "When it's your turn to drive, you get shafted." And it's true. But the rotation continues on, and on we go. I had the out-of-commission riders, Shane and Claire with me today as my partners in crime. We drove into Moab, UT to find the perfect place for the next two nights while the other four biked their 60 miles.

We had a few mishaps, like a spilled water cooler and 4 flat tires, but I think everyone was at least a little relieved when they saw their housing for the next two nights. Shane, Claire, and I went around town to different motels, hotels, hostels, and campsites to find the best set-up for the best deal. We were offered an amazing, amazing 4-bedroom condo at the Bowen Motel for a great bargain. It is really a nice place, and I think we'll have a great stay, especially after a good night sleep in some beds and fresh, clean clothes with our access to laundry.

We'll spend the next 2 days here before we head to Grand Junction, CO on Tuesday. I'm really excited about all the activities Moab has to offer. We were pleasantly surprised to find a ton of stores, cafes, and adventure opportunities to say the least. We have a ton of options ranging from visiting the Arches National Park, Canyonland National Park, ATV rides, Hummer tours, night boat cruises on the Colorado River, or skydiving. And that's just to name a few. Tomorrow will be a pretty packed day trying to cram in as much as we can before we hit the road again. I think we're all pretty pumped to get in some extreme experiences outside of biking across the country.

Claire, Mike, and I already explored a bit, checking out the local rock and fossil shop, which was quite interesting. I also hit up the local used and new book store and a bunch of little boutiques.

Tonight we drove up to Arches National Park to watch the sunset (of course we'll still go back again when it's light to see all the sites close up). It was pretty amazing. The canyons are huge and breath-taking from far away, but when you walk up to them and even climb a little bit, they are astonishing. I don't think anyone can actually fathom how big they are. They're HUGE.

After the sunset we drove to another pull off site in the park and stargazed for awhile. Really, really cool. You could see soooo many stars, unlike big cities where there are too many lights. I definitely could have slept out there if it weren't for the pesky mosquitos.

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