Old Flying Farts Bicycling Club
Blanding, Utah to Delores, CO

We took today off and went siteseeing.  We visited Monument Valley (Utah/Arizona) where many films including Forrest Gump, Back to the Future III and many John Wayne movies have been filmed.  Next we went to the Four Corners Monument (Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico all meet.  We were suprised, as were many others who showed up to see this monument that it was closed for reconstruction.  We could not even get close enough to have an idea of what it looked like becuase of the construction fencing.  Last, we drove up to Cortez, CO to the Mesa Verda National Park, to see the cliff dwellings made by the Pueblo indians.  It was an intersting lesson in how these indians came to the area and found relief in the caves/overhangs of the mountains and what they did to survive. 

Tomorrow, we start our trek through Colorado and towards the biggest climb of the Trip (Monarch Pass) just outside of Crested Butte, CO.   We ride mostly uphill tomorrow past Telluride, Ridgeway and Ouray, CO; on our way to Montrose.  We may stay in Ouray, CO  tomorrow night since Don knows some previous students who live out there and it is a beautiful little town. 
7/8/2010 04:14:46

I enjoy reading your daily blogs and looking at the beautiful & sometimes funny photos. It sounds like you are having a great time out there with you friends. My favorite photo is "The Cliff Dwellings of the Pueblo Indians in Mesa Verda National Park" What an interesting bit of history. I hope you have more photos to share when you get back home! I'm going to have to do a little research on the Pueblo Indians, I'm intrigued! Love ya little Bro!!!


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