Posted by: rustymccain | June 22, 2011

Another Day, Another State!

Just another day in paradise! We woke to another clear and cool morning. Today our route was to take us from our rest day town, Blanding, Utah to (for you Seinfeld fans) the town of Dolores, CO. It was a trip of about 82 miles. We have now made it through three western states and headed for a taste of the Rockies!

A Look Back at Utah

My legs, my butt and I are not speaking to each other once again. Oh sure, it was fun yesterday. I pampered them. We just hung around the hotel room except to feed my stomach. As a side note, my stomach and I are doing quite well. He likes me a lot. Anyway, back to my legs and butt, I didn’t ask either one of them to do anything. They just laid there and had fun doing nothing. I even treated my legs to a good shaving. We all cuddled together last night and slept so well. So this morning, when I told them what we were going to do, I was deeply disappointed that they said “no”.

Actually, we both discovered pretty early on this morning that the long, hard four days that we have just gone through took a toll that cannot be repaired in one day. We both are feeling pretty drained, so our goal today was to enjoy the ride, enjoy the view, enjoy the company and cruise.

We started with a 10 mile undulating climb, that took us up a net 1000 feet to about 7,000 feet, where we stayed most of the day. Dolores lies a little under 7,000 feet. After the climb we cruised into the town of Monticello, Utah, where we spotted Phil’s truck. I have mentioned them before. We stopped in where they were having breakfast and had a nice “catchup” chat with them. They are now down to three as Gary, one of their guys, headed back home, as per his plan. It was good to see them.

One More State!

After leaving Monticello, we headed toward the Colorado border. The next 40-50 miles was a rolling terrain. It was wide open territory and you could see the Rockies in the distance on occasion. They looked so majestic with their sharp, snow-covered peaks. For those who ride, the riding was much like the Natchez Trace in Nashville. Just one rolling hill after another. It seemed like we were going one of two speeds, either 6 mph or 26 mph. The only difference was that the uphills and downhills were 2-3 times longer than the Trace.

A Look Ahead to Colorado

We cruised into Dolores this afternoon. We are now watching “Tarzan” movies on television and making crude comments like “Sure he can swim and run, but did you ever see him ride a bike?”

Dolores sits right at the foot of the Rockies. Tomorrow we climb for about 50 miles up to one of our highest peaks, Lizard Head. Our mantra will probably be, “6 mph is good…. 5 mph is better!” Wish us luck!


  1. Good luck tomorrow! I can’t wait to read all about it. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us. I look forward to the new posts everyday. Be safe! XOXO

  2. Posted a link to your blog on the AARP Facebook page. Got clearance from the boss, aka Mary Ann. You and Ray are such inspirations to folks of ALL ages to follow through on their dreams. So proud and honored to know you. Plus you make me laugh out loud and gasp at the beauty of our nation. Give hugs to Lucas and keep on keeping on.

  3. repeat after me……..the girlz are coming….!! the girlz are coming!!! 🙂 xoxoxoxo

  4. Hey Rusty and Ray, the best for tomorrow. It would be a hard climb,
    but enjoy the ride. Reading your story brings back my memories, snik.
    have a safe ride.

  5. And the states keep falling, one by one. Take it one mile at a time and and enjoy every moment, for they are precious.

  6. Hi. I wish I could come with Mary Ann to Colorado, but I’ll be holding down the fort in Nashville. Enjoy your time together.

  7. On to that Rocky Mountain high! Don’t think about the climb…it’s the downhill on the other side that you’re after.

    I’m envious guys…y’all are having too much fun. Maybe you just don’t know it yet…hehehe

  8. WOW the pictures are breathtaking…….this is as close to nature as possible. Hey when you guys get back to Nashville you need to write a book. Good luck and happy biking……

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