After following the Snake and Salt Rivers through wooded highlands, time to stop at the turquoise waters of Bear Lake for coffee or to hire a jet ski. The water will
have warmed up nicely by now. In the afternoon we pass alongside Flaming Gorge.
A short trip in desolate high desert country with the 1000 foot high Book Cliffs a constant feature in the distance. Lunchtime arrival in Moab to allow a leisurely exploration of a choice of National parks.
A busy day with an early chance for non-members to join the Moki Dugway Club. After admiring the incredible view from the top, we will be driving down this hairpin gravel track on our way to Monument Valley for some iconic motoring photo opportunities. A 17 mile track leads through the mesas and buttes of this Navajo Tribal Park.
We begin with a history lesson in Mesa Verde National Park where the Anasazi or Pueblo culture built rock dwellings under overhanging cliffs between 600 and 1300. After visiting the extensive park, a four-lane highway takes us over the Continental Divide to our next rest day.
The Pueblo culture is handsomely reflected in the beautiful adobe city of Santa Fe where we have a day of leisure in the oldest and highest state capital. The city has Spanish colonial charm, is a centre of the arts and has a wide range of shops together with an eclectic mix of fine restaurants.
Driving north through New Mexico we pass Taos, where artists created a colony to take advantage of the clear mountain light. Galleries and museums display
their work. After crossing the Rio Grande bridge which passes 172 metres above the river, we enter Colorado with the Rocky Mountains to the West. Last challenge of the day is to drive the famous International Hill Climb route up to Pike’s Peak. Just drive the 156 turns over 12 miles to the 14,110 foot summit, then take a coffee at the café on top and imagine being a competitor in the downhill skate board race which is held every year over the course.
A very long transit day, mainly on the Interstate, through flat prairie land takes us to Kansas City where friends are arranging a service day for all the vehicles
and promise some local hospitality