From Nevada to western Colorado people have spoken of an 'unseasonably' wet spring season after a dry winter. And now that the storm systems seem to have blown over the temperatures have turned abruptly, and are now hotter than usual for early summer. Just my luck...
Conveniently enough, though most of the trains I've seen have been freight trains, Amtrak has a stop in Green River; it's the 'California Zephyr' route I have ridden several times in the past. In a burst of nostalgia (and survivalist practicality) I decided to take the train to Grand Junction, even though it meant that I would not walk into Colorado. As I remembered, the train runs alongside the Colorado River for much of the 2 hour trip, in a wide red-rock canyon. Beautiful scenery and the river rafters were out in force.
Daytime temperatures are still topping 100 degrees. However, from Grand Junction I can plot a course with the more frequent service points (and towns) as goals, rather then thinking in terms of daily distances. This will help me get to the higher elevations of the Rockies, where it will be somewhat cooler. The road also follows the Colorado River for much of the way, so I'm hoping for access to some shade! Walking and stopping earlier in the day is the right strategy, assuming that there is someplace reasonable to stop! In the meantime, as I spend yet another couple of days focused on gear and on relaxing(!) I am grateful to have discovered a hostel-type situation in town, with reasonable rates and good people. A big thank you! to the 'historic' Hotel Melrose.
|Hotel Melrose - est. 1908|