Day 4 - September 26, 1998

Utah - From End To End

Today dawned cloudy, but we spotted blue sky to the east, so we headed in that direction.  Of course, that was the direction we were headed in anyway.  As you'll see in the photos below, it turned out to be a totally gorgeous day!

We started out in the eastern part of Nevada (Ely, to be specific), intending to end up somewhere in the middle of Utah.   We realized, however, that there isn't much beer in Utah.  There's lots of beer in Colorado, though, and we made it to Grand Junction by early evening.   Actually, we intended to be somewhat south of Grand Junction, like Durango, except that a wrong turn that went undetected for many miles changed our ultimate destination.

Our two days traveling through Nevada and Utah have been like spending 600 miles in a postcard.  We hope that these pictures give you at least a taste of what we've beheld for two days straight.

This is where we went today
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Editor's Commentary
Q: What is the ugliest part of this otherwise beautiful scene?
A: The Adopt-A-Highway sign!  Every two miles along every highway is one of these freakin' ugly signs!  How about Adopt-A-New-Sign-Commissioner policy?  It makes me want to scream!  Now back to your regularly scheduled foray . . .

Wide Open Spaces of Nevada
Well, what can one say? People's impressions of Nevada are of a big, vast desert.   Not so!  These shots go to prove it!  Lots of ups, downs, and amazing vistas make US Rt. 50 a real eye-opener!

If it's red, this must be Utah
The geologic formations are continuously variable and never cease to amaze!   This view was encountered on the way into Capitol Reef National Park, in southern Utah.

Capitol Reef National Park, UT
It kind of speaks for itself, don't you agree?

Capitol Reef National Park, UT
Over 1000 miles under its belt, John's new GTV shows no signs of complaint - it's used just a quart of oil!  A few minor adjustments, a couple of leaks, it's purring like a kitten!  Speaking of kittens, we saw a trailer truck driver and his wife buy over a hundred cans of cat food together at the IGA today.

Capitol Reef National Park, UT
Most of the Alfisti visitors to this site would agree that the GTV does nothing but add to the beauty of its surroundings.

Beer(s) of the Day

Avalanche Ale
Breckenridge Brewery, Denver, CO

Breckenridge is a quality microbrewery that's been producing fine beers for quite some time.  I hate beer reviews - they're all like "Good malt character, nice hops nose".  Hey - we had one, it was good, then we went out to a Brewpub in Grand Junction.

Culture Feature

In today's issue of the Culture Feature, we find John taking in a little culture while attempting to pay for the trip:

New Feature - Alfa Spotting!

We've been keeping track of all the Alfas that we've encountered on the trip (starting from when we left Alfa Parts Exchange back in Hayward, CA), and will be posting the current total, with model names and years, every day!  Here's the current tally:

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