Day 5 - September 27, 1998

Colorado - The Loneliest Highway Revisited

The sky was cloudless when we hit the road in Grand Junction and remained that way all day!  The temperature varied quite a bit, though, but that was because our altitude varied from 4500 feet in Grand Junction to 11,000 feet at Monarch Pass to 2000 feet once we hit the plains!  Indeed, The Skies Were Not Cloudy All Day!

We (sort of) planned our route the night before, choosing scenery over speed as usual, and only afterward realized that, except for one brief detour, it took us across all of Colorado on our beloved US Rt. 50, The Loneliest Highway.

Well, we're out of the mountains now and headed across the vast plains and prairies that make up America's Heartland!

This is where we went today
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Black Canyon National Park, CO
This is a stunning canyon that is very long with very high walls with very steep sides.  This shot, as appealing as it is, doesn't do it justice!

Along the side of US Rt. 50, CO
Always the curious, John just had to know how many wings were indeed deposited here.

Monarch Pass, west of Salida, CO
This was taken just past the summit of Monarch Pass, elevation 11,312 feet.   The GTV's idle speed has been varying a lot throughout the trip, and we finally figured out why: altitude!  At 11,000 feet, it wouldn't even stay running!   Climbed the mountain in fine spirits, though.

On the way down from Monarch Pass
The aspens were in full foliage here - bright yellow.  Of course, we New Englanders expect more colors in our foliage than just yellow, so we thought we'd add some red to this shot.  Here's John wearing a beautiful hand-painted shirt from his collection.

Arkansas River, outside Canon City
There were people fishing everywhere along the length of the Arkansas.  They told us that the fishing was terrific and one of them let John borrow a rod.  Here's John reeling in a magnificent 18-pound rainbow!

Just east of Garden City, KS
Boy, is it flat here!  The shadows get very long before the sun sets and create some beautiful - if a bit spooky - effects.  Since we were in Kansas, Dave, who doesn't eat much red meat any more, had a steak at the Lone Star Steakhouse (John had a salad).

Beer(s) of the Day

It's Sunday

By the time our thoughts turned from keeping the Alfa running to finding beer, we were well into Kansas, where they don't sell beer in stores in Kansas.  Ah, just like home!  We did have a couple of Shiner Bock drafts at the Lone Star, however.  Sorry - no logo.

Culture Feature

Today's Culture Feature is truly brimming with culture - yeast culture, that is.  Here's a picture of the boys sucking up some culture at the Rockslide Brewpub Saturday night in downtown Grand Junction:

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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