We started in the cornfields and ranch lands of Nebraka. Amazingly, several of the interstates are marked for bicyclist to use the shoulder. We saw a few, including a recumbent bike.
As we drove past Denver, the Rocky Mountains were the grand sight awaiting us. Snow-covered mountain peaks marched along the sides and in front of us. Fantastic vistas were in every direction.
Once over the Rocky Mountains and through the tunnels, we entered Glenwood Canyon. This canyon was formed by the Colorado River. It also has high walls and is relatively narrow. It was an engineering marvel to fit train tracks, the river, the interstate highway, and some narrow towns within the canyon walls.
The dramatic vistas kept coming. As we left Glenwood Canyon, we entered a valley area. On the south side was Grand Mesa and the Colorado national Monument. We drove the 23 mile scenic rim drive and took several short hikes in Colorado National Monument.
We ended the day at our hotel in Grand Junction but not before we drove around parts of the city (population of about 60,000). The people of Grand Junction must know their fractions very well. Street names use fractions; 26 road, 26 1/4 road, 26 1/2 road, 26 3/4 road,
G road, G and 1/2 road, etc. Unusual in our experience.
Dinner at the hotel listening to jazz. All in all, a good day.
Ed. 9 pm