Thursday, August 24, 2006

Our road trip within a road trip!

We've left old Harvey parked up in some dusty lot back in Moab, UT and we've come away on a little adventure on the bike for a couple of days! Back into Colorado - and Mesa Verde National Park in the south-western corner. (gives us some insight into how travelling into Mexico on the bike will work - and it's going to be tough - we almost filled the luggage as it was for just 2 nights away!) It was only 150 miles so nothing too tough on our first outing with the bike loaded up - will need to do some 'tweaking' at some point to shift the panniers so I can sit more comfortably.

Found a cheap and cheerful motel in Cortez and went to explore.

We had a couple of hours in the park yesterday evening and toured one of the houses open to the public - the 'Cliff Palace'. It's the largest of the cliff dwellings there and it quite well preserved. It's dated from around AD1100.

Found the local brewpub on the main street in Cortez and had a great meal and evening.

This morning we went to Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado - and were done by lunch! Visited the Four Corners Monument - the only place in the US that 4 states meet. There's a bronze plaque and lots of cheesy Indian arts & jewellery to tack the place up!

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