We woke to bright sunshine reflecting off of red cliff walls. The Days ride took us through Capitol reefs National park. It was a downhill run but we were in no hurry so we just coasted and took in the views. I'm running out of superlatives so I'll just go back to basics, wow.
We stopped at the interpretive center to get a better understanding of how all this happened. While there I showed the rangers a picture of a plant in the hopes of getting getting an ID. Two more rangers later and they were stumped. I had seen the plant on only one small hillside during 60 miles of riding.
Down the valley we continued only to be stopped by the state patrol because a commercial was being filmed on the hiway. After 15 minutes they had a 5 minute break to let traffic pass but since we could not get through the 4 mile section fast enough the trooper had us load our bikes into his pickup and he ferried us across.
Soon we were in Hanksville and after lunch Hugh and I split up for a few days. Hugh has friends in Telluride and plans to spend a rest day there. I wanted to spend a day or two with Corlisses sister and family in Gunnison. By going north through Green River I'll gain that extra day or two. Hugh headed south and we will meet up again on Sunday or Monday in Gunnison.