I’m packing up my stuff in Montrose Colorado. I pulled into this town 2 days ago after leaving Eleven Mile State Park. I needed to make a pit stop to have my front tire changed and my rear brakes checked.
I realized the day before that my back brake had turned into butter at some point. This is a bad thing. My front tire was also in need of replacement. It probably should have been changed before I left. Lesson learned. I’m just guessing at pretty much everything.
I spent the first night in my hotel room relaxing and writing. There really wasn’t anything special to the night. When I woke up in the morning I could hear the rain outside. While I hadn’t expected to spend two nights in Montrose I suspected that this would be the plan for the day. I took my bike down to a bike shop down the street. I also need to find a sporting goods store to buy some long johns and a better sleeping bag.
I bought the bag I have in Afghanistan a few years ago at a British PX (military store). It was rather light and super compact. Both things that would be beneficial in Afghanistan. While I do really like how compact it is I’ve found that it’s just not warm enough for what I’m doing.
Colorado has been so beautiful that I don’t want to leave. My original route had me going north from Montrose deeper into Colorado and headed towards Yellowstone. However, I feel like the weather could change in The Rockies very quickly. If I got caught up in a blizzard it could be the end of my trip or a very cold way to die.
So I’m going west by south west. I’ve lived in Arizona and I’ve been to California a 100 times, so I’m not as excited about this as my previous plan. I’m going to go through northern Arizona and Nevada. I’ve never spent much time in those areas. I might even swing by the Grand Canyon.
I have some friends in California and I think that might be fun to have around when I dip my feet in the Pacific. After L.A. I’m going to take the Coastal Highway up the state and to the border.
The desert will also be cold but I think I won’t have to worry about rain for the remainder of the trip. I can be cold but I cannot be wet and cold on my motorcycle.
Time to go find the sun. It’s out there somewhere.