Sunday, June 17, 2007

Arches National Park Day 15

Pictured is "Boston" Greg, a funny guy and a stong rider from some northeastern city in the U. S. Greg is posing below "Tunnel Arch", one of over 2,000 catalogued arches, ranging in size from 3 feet to 306 feet, in Arches National Park in Southeastern Utah, near Moab.

These arches, and the spires, balanced rocks, eroded monoliths, etc. which we saw are the result of 100 million years of erosion. Water and ice, extreme temperatures and underground salt movement are responsible fot the sculpted rock scenery we enjoyed after the bike ride today.

Our ride took us through more desert until we reached the town of Green River (surprisingly, it's located along the Green River) in SE Utah. Despite headwinds, we made good time on the 67 mile ride, mostly due to the gradual descent from ~5500 feet to ~ 4100 feet. Everyone was at the hotel by early afternoon. After much needed showers, we loaded the two vans with riders for the 60 minute ride to the Arches National Park, where we spent several enjoyable hours. Our van was driven by Gerard (our mechanic), while his girlfriend Angie sat up front with him. Nine men sat in three rows behind them, and made sure Gerard kept his eyes on the road!

My daughter, Bekki, wished me a Happy Father's Day by phone, and she laughed when I told her that I was riding with a group of guys in their 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's, and that they were joking around like the kids on her school bus trips!

We saw incredible sights, and took lots of photos. It was hard choosing which one to post here, but how can you go wrong with "Boston" Greg and a beautiful arch?

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