Scott & Lorraine's California Trip Blog

Friday, August 04, 2006

Aspen, CO to Moab, UT

We woke up in Aspen and decided to hike to the top of Aspen mountain on a trail called "summer road" which switchbacks up the mountain under the Gondola.

It was 4.7 miles and 3000 ft. elevation. The problem is the elevation change while alrady at 9,000. It was the hardest thing we have ever done physical. It took 3.5 hours and it was extremely hard. I was shot after the first 2 miles, the rest becomes mental. 15 degree incline at "Fitness Together" is going to be so easy after this. At Malvern's altitude, oxygen still exists.

We had lunch at "little annies" again and motored towards Utah. Route 82 is totally different on the "west" side of Apsen, vs. the "east". Two lanes and lots of commercial. We headed towards Route 70 which became a really nice road as it headed towards Utah.

We then hit our best road of the trip so far. 128 from Cisco to Moab. The first 15 miles is wide "open range", then suddenly you enter red cliff walls on both sides for 30 miles to Moab. Awesome.

Moab is a great town. Great italian at "jay's pasta".

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8/5/06 Health

I am beginning to worry about your physical heath. The trip you are taking is one of a lifetime, but try not to do too much in a short period of time. You look like you are weary and and tired.....Find a place to hole up and regain needed strength and energy.
Brian H.

8/5/06 The Ride

Scott: I agree totally with Brian's comments about your condition. I had hoped you might rest a bit in Aspen, to recharge yourself. That hike was not wise. You need to be more careful about your decisions. Went to an outdoor concert last night, many bikes lined up in parking area, only one Gold Wing (in purple), mostly H-D's?

8/5/06 Scott Reports In

Have no fears. I am totally recharged. Yeah, the hike wore us out, but its part of what we need to do to prepare for the 16 miles to the top of Yosemite. I am sleeping well every night and eating wonderfully.


I will remember what you said about the 15 incline being nothing, and bring in my tire jack and put the incline close to vertical next time.

Krys (formerly known as Gay Johnson)

Just part of the insane 4.7 mile trek to the top of Aspen Mountain

Disc golf at the top

I still had a little energy to hula hoop at the top

Coming back down

The gondola is free down, so if you hike to the top.....

If I was Gay Johnson, i would get my name changed

Things starting looking different towards Utah

We reach our next state

Utah started out very prarie like

But quickly changed