Mountain Bound 2016 Day 3

Wednesday morning we woke up to the brisk mountain air and nice views of the surrounding mountains.

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We caught back up to the route in Telluride where we got gas, ice, and tried to find a nice sit down breakfast spot. Unfortunately, the last diner style breakfast shop closed about a year ago and all they had were little cafe’s. The owner of the cafe we stopped in said that their is no real estate available for anyone to open on, and what there is is just too expensive. Oh well.

After breakfast, we got on 145 North heading towards Moab. The ride was wonderful even though we had to slab the entire morning to Gateway before we got to see any dirt. We stopped often to see the sights.

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In Gateway, a resort that I believe was created by the founder of the Discover channel, we had lunch and got to see this incredible 1947 Indian Chief!

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After lunch, we found the dirt as we wound our way up the La Salle Mountains. This was the best riding of the day and gave us some amazing views and potential camp spots that we marked if we ever do a trip in this area again.

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One area we stopped had some fossilized dinosaur footprints in the rock…so of course we took the time to make the short hike to see those!
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This area was so nice, we stayed for a while and just enjoyed the weather, the views, and the break.

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As we continued on into Moab, the heat hit us like a freight train. Apparently it had been almost 100 degrees out that day. Fortunately for us, the rain came that evening and made our 4th day on the White Rim Trail nice a cool. We got our first motel of the trip at the Rustic Inn in Moab where we stayed 6 years ago on the TAT.

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