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... winding up to the mountains then it gets very steep and VERY winding - breathtaking views for me but not Peter, he has to really concentrate. There are beautiful blue lakes where you can hire boats, fish, swim and even go on a paddle steamer, We stop at the cafe/shop/post office at Tortilla Flat (population 6) and had 'the best chilli in the West' for Peter and grilled chicken for me, think the 'best' claim was definitely exaggerated. Not long after you ...
... beautiful remains of petrified trees. At the Crystal Forest stop we got out and wondered along the path to see the 165 million year old trees that were now rocks. The colors were just amazing - red, green, yellow, white, purple, and some even had crystals! We made our final stop in the park at the Rainbow Forest Museum to go and see the largest petrified tree - old faithful - it was huge.
We left the park and headed on our way to find ...
... Dolores out for a three plus mile ride in the park. There aren’t any actual trails here. It’s hilly and makes for a great workout.
I got a text from that it was snowing a bit there in Helena. I must actually admit, yep, that I do not miss the late and unreliable spring there. I hope that by the time I return it will be there... seriously.
The sunset last night was a good one, but I didn’t even ...
... the day, but the sun showed up just enough to make it a great day. It did get up to eighty-five, in spite of the overcast. It really doesn't take much sun to brighten one's life.
I took a short walk before dinner. The forecast is for rain tomorrow, so it it comes to pass, I'll stay here another night. Ten dollars even to stay is a deal. No power or water, but I have LED lights and batteries in the coach. Sotch a deal!
I would have to say that today was the toughest yet. Payson is only about 90 miles from where I started, but those miles were unbelievably challenging. At home if I was biking, I would cover 18-20 miles per hour. Today, it was like 7. Seemed like I was going straight uphill most of the way. The countryside is as beautiful as it is desolate. I have included a number of pictures, but I doubt you will get the full effect. ...