We had lunch scheduled with Cheryl’s aunt Loretta, uncle Rudy, and cousins Terry and Emily at 1 pm in Golden CO (think Coors beer) near Denver so we had to get up and out early. I got a little workout in before we left. Peloton strength workouts are my go to as there isn’t a lot of cardio so it keeps my heart rate down (still got the A fib thing). The challenge is finding a place to do it so I’m not on display for all the other RVers or passers by.
We made it to Golden a little early and spent some time walking around Golden. It is a very nice town with a beautiful walking trail along the river that goes through town. Lunch with Cheryl’s relatives was really fun. So much catching up to do. We were so engrossed in the conversation we forgot to take a picture! We couldn’t stay too long because there was rain in the forecast and apparently there are mud slides on I70 near Canyonville and they close the freeway so we needed to get through there to avoid a 2 hour detour. The drive was beautiful. Even with the clouds it was gorgeous. We cut through the Rockies and were at 9500 ft. the RV kept chugging along. 18 wheelers were passing us, but we were still moving!
Arches was only 20 miles down the road and we were there before we could even get through one package of jerky. The day was perfect to see the beauty of the Arches. Kenzie would have been proud of us as we did quite a bit of hiking. A little frustrating that dogs were no allowed on any trails so Zuri had to stay in the RV.
Loved Moab. Found Canyonlands RV Park in town which was convenient. Stumbled on Spitfire BBQ for a late lunch. It was a really good place with excellent beer and delicious food. I especially liked the vibe. We met a lady who was traveling across the country with her dog. She was from Jersey and on her way back home. We shared stories about our favorite places and experiences as we both traveled across the country. Fun time.
We were undecided on how we spent the last 10 days of our trip. We heard wonderful things about Zion National Park and the beautiful drive there but it would take us further south and we felt we needed to continue heading towards home. We decided on Sun Valley for a couple days. As we were finalizing our plans we got a phone call that a good friend of ours had passed away from pancreatic cancer. Such terrible news and we are so sad by her passing. Ugh. She lived in Richland WA and the funeral would be Friday so we altered our plans to head that direction.
Following a touching service for our friend, it was time to make the final leg down The Gorge back to Portland. There were mixed emotions as we pulled into the driveway. The end of a trip of a lifetime had arrived. It seemed like only yesterday we were on HWY 26 driving to Fort Stevens not knowing what was to come and now we are back in the driveway with unbelievable memories that we will never forget. 88 days, 3800 miles on the bike and 10,400 total miles and 29 states. What a summer!