Saturday, July 4, 2009


Fruita, Colorado - fertile land of fruits and dinosaurs !! was our first destination. We spent 3 nights at a KOA campground and set up household in a small cabin.

The BTC tour included a route through the Colorado National Monument on the 3rd day. In our strategic planning, we decided to ride the Monument before the tour which reduced the distance from 103 miles to 63 on the actual day of the tour. Great thinking since the temps were in the 90's with headwinds all the way between Grand Junction and Montrose.

We also had time to do a nifty 6 mile hike through the Monument after the ride.

Dinosaurs once ruled the region with bones found in the Fruita/Grand Junction area. A major Dinosaur Museum is located in Fruita.

Our cozy cabin for 3 nights. Cheap base-camp from which to explore the area.

Peter slicing strawberries for a short-cake desert

Herb prepared a tasty one-pot dinner for the gang

Near our campground was a monument to Colorado veterans killed in the Vietnam War

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