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    Who needs a desert fix? I

    I certainly did.

    May 1: time for another Moab and Grand Junction trip. I really did not want to put another 700 miles on my snow tires, so I made an appointment to get them switched with my all-season tires on Thursday morning. This is a sure way to ensure that Boulder will be hit with a late-spring snow storm. Of course, I was sitting in the tire store watching the snow come down as I waited for my car to be finished. Pretty much eveyone in there that morning was in the same situation, and many a wry comment was exchanged about the irony of removing snow tires on a snowy day.

    By the time I had everything packed, the snow had stopped in Boulder and the roads were dry. I was hoping that the temperatures in the high country would be warm enough so that the snow would not be accumulating. This sign was not exactly comforting.

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    The highway was actually fine until the top of Vail Pass. I encountered about 5 miles of slushy and snowpacked roads before I descended enough that the roads were merely wet. It was still cold enough for my car to have some very attractive frozen slush in the wheel wells. Grody.

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    The roads were dry by the halfway point and I arrived in Grand Junction without incident.

    I made a relatively leisurely departure on Friday morning and headed to our favorite campsite in Moab: Group Site C at Big Bend. I, of course, had to stop and take a few photos on the way. Who could refuse the offer to purchase the "Cisco Industrial Center"? I really like Cisco, but not for its lovely architecture.

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    Onward, toward Moab along the "River Road". I had been feeling a little grouchy, but at the first sight of the La Sals, my cares started to melt away.

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    It only got better.

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    My friend David and I decided that a leg-stretch up Hurrah Pass was in order. What this ride lacks in technical interest it makes up in scenery. We had avian comapny at the top.

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    David in the foreground, Diana's truck in the background.

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    Then it was back to camp via the grocery store to meet up with the rest of our friends, enjoy a tasty dinner, and collapse into our tents.
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    Wow, great shots thanks for sharing. Your desert & mine are similar, but so different. I'll have to make it up your way one day soon.

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    Heres a shot of my desert from yesterdays 27 mile cruise in the Boise Foothills. It doesn't really compare to Moab but what the hey....
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    Ride the bike.

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    Gawd, I love the Boise area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Bob
    Wow, great shots thanks for sharing. Your desert & mine are similar, but so different. I'll have to make it up your way one day soon.
    Truly, it's not "my" desert. Perhaps Moab owns part of me, though. I feel privileged to be able to visit it from time to time.....but yes, you should certainly go there.
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