These canyons never get old

Trip Start May 19, 2010
Trip End Jul 24, 2010

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Oh this morning was rough. Van was worried about the hills/heat so we woke up at 4:30 AM.Oof, that was no fun. We went over to the restaurant for a really good eggs, bacon, toast and hash browns breakfast. I wasn't hungry yet though since, as I will gripe again, it was SO EARLY. We left with one of the other riders, Frosty, off to Bicknell. On the way there we passed Kiva Koffeehouse which was a really cool coffee shop built right into the canyon. They even have a guest house you can rent. I really want to do it someday. There would be nothing cooler than waking up to the canyon right outside you window. 
We made our way down the rest of HWY 12 passing some crazy curves that made me a little nervous for the riders. There were even parts of the road that had no guardrails! We also passed a cool cave, some deer and a bunch of the cows. The cows have free range so it is not uncommon to pass them right on the road. The only thing that sucks is the roads have cattle guards to keep them slightly contained (basically big metal grates), which is difficult for the riders to cross over.
We made our way into Bicknell, dropped Frosty off at the clinic and checked into the hotels. We caught a lovely nap too right before we (and by we, I mean Jeremy since I am gimpy) had to unload the luggage. After unloading, we went to a cafe near Torrey. I got a burrito which was actually really good. While eating lunch, I saw Seth whiz right by the window but thankfully he stopped before passing the cafe. He arrived almost three hours before I was expecting the riders! I guess I have to realize that these guys are going to get stronger and faster.
We met up with the other riders in Torrey right before the turn on to HWY 24 where I got some mint chocolate chip ice cream. Pretty delicious. We took some of the riders back to the hotel, had some down time and then left for the State Farm event at 4. They were so great to the riders. They waited on them and had food ready as soon as they arrived. Although it was BBQ, which does get old, it was still really good and I could tell they really wanted to show the guys a good time. They even had a guy reading Cowboy Poetry ( I nearly died of laughter) and a band they called Rough Around the Edges (if that tells you anything). All in all, it was another great small town welcome.
Tomorrow the riders have another century on their way to Green River which means ANOTHER early morning. Gahhh...The plan for now is for me to drive Chad's car there and also look for another route around the interstate.
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