Cross Country Trip

Cross-Country Trip V, Day 12: Colorado to Utah

This morning we drove from Glenwood Springs to Dinosaur National Monument (which straddles the Colorado-Utah border, but we were heading for the Utah side). We opted for a scenic drive rather than a mostly-interstate drive. It was a good choice.

We did take I-70 to a town called Rifle, and headed north on CO-17 for a little while, and then west on CO-64 for about an hour and a half. The drive was just lovely. For the most part, Highway 64 follows the White River, which is flanked by grazing lands and farms. Mountains rise up on both sides; nothing striking like the fourteen-thousand-footers we saw a couple of days before, but very colorful and beautiful.

For a good half hour I was the only car going west, so I could comfortably go at my own speed without worrying about getting stuck behind a slow vehicle, or having someone behind me wanting to pass. That all changed when I got stuck behind a HOUSE – seriously, it was a pre-fab house on a flatbed, with the “WIDE LOAD” cars behind and in front of it. I was stuck behind the house for over 20 minutes before I finally got an opportunity to pass – but not before I’d slowed down to 25 mph on a short but steep hill.

The rest of the drive was uneventful. We crossed over into Utah, crossed the Green River, and turned off shortly thereafter in the direction of Dinosaur National Monument.

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