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June 03, 2021

Glacier-Arches Trip 2021—Day 5

Birthday Dinner

Birthday Dinner

   Although today is my actual birthday, it was celebrated yesterday with one triumphant bike ride.  Today was another full day of travel.  We woke up fairly late, broke camp and started on a long trek south.  Our next destination was Arches National Park and one I had never visited.  We made it to Utah and as we were losing sunlight found a state park to camp for the evening.  I made myself a birthday dinner of potatoes, green pepper, onion, eggs and cheese.  It turned out pretty good and I do need to make better plans for cooking while traveling.  On past trips with Laura I ate extremely well because she was a great camping cook.  I'll have to learn more so I can do this myself.

June 04, 2021

Glacier-Arches Trip 2021—Day 6—Aches National Park

Balanced Rock

Balanced Rock

   We made it to Arches National Park and spend most of the day slowing driving the road into the park and stopping at just about every pullover area there was.  I am not built for desert heat, but Wingnut loves it.  Still I enjoyed Arches National more than I thought I would.  So much interesting geology turned sculpture.
   After exploring Arches we were losing sunlight quickly.  We went into town to what was called a camp site, but it looked more like a refugee camp with corrugated metal bins they called campsites.  So we continued on and found a Bureau of Land Management area.  This area was open for campers who had the ability to navigate through it.  Most of the people had 4x4 trucks or RVs.  I had a Prius with two bikes hanging off the back.  Low to the ground and front wheel drive, I still managed to get through the road and we found a camp site far away from others.  Very dusty, and very warm, but the cheapest campsite yet--free!

June 05, 2021

Glacier-Arches Trip 2021—Day 7

Beep's All Clear

Beep's All Clear

   Today started with breaking camp and a long drive east to get back home.  We covered Colorado and most of Nebraska before looking for a camp site.  Sadly when searching for camping one always gets RV parks and until you show up you don't know this.  We tried a couple of locations before we decided to give up on camping for the night and just pulling an all night drive until we got home.
   Pictured is Wingnut after her morning stretches.  I asked her to do the Beep's "All clear" call where they arch their backs, throw their arms in the air and let out a loud call.  Her's is pretty accurate.

June 06, 2021

Glacier-Arches Trip 2021—Day 8

Iowa Sunrise

Iowa Sunrise

   Made it back to Wisconsin about 8:00 am and dropped Wingnut at her place before continuing on to Middleton.  Pulled in the driveway having logged 4,036 miles traveled.  At this point I had been awake for 25 hours and needed to sleep.  After unloading the basics, I crawled into my sleeping quarters and joined the unconscious.
   It was a successful trip.  I covered 10 states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, and Iowa), 3 national parks, 9 hours of cycling, over 3,100 feet of hill climb and over 4,000 pictures taken.