Roads were made for journeys not destinations. Confucius
My typical blog post usually highlights a destination that we have traveled to see. This post is veering from the norm in that I am writing about the road that led us to the next stop on our itinerary.
We are spending 3 nights in Moab, UT to enjoy time in Arches NP and Canyonlands NP. To get to Moab we were traveling from our layover in Salt Lake City. The apps we used to route our trip chose the shortest route (logical) and would take us off the interstate for most of the drive. Now, typically, we are all for getting off the main drag but out in these parts road grade and elevations are a big consideration for us. Our gas engine is a wee bit (okay, a lot) underpowered for elevation changes and this trip had a 3000 foot gain to a summit of 7886!
With this in mind, Art poured over our route and decided we would take the interstate for most of the way which added about 65 miles to the trip. It also did not take away the grade because one still has to get over the Wasatch! However, the logic was if we were going to have any problems we’d rather have them on a highway instead of a two lane road in the middle of nowhere!
So, about this interstate route we decided to take. I-70 through this portion of Utah rises over the Wasatch Plateau and the San Rafael Swell and includes a stretch of 100 miles with no services. Now I am not a scholar about geography but what I do know is that this was one of the most scenic rides you will ever encounter on the interstate highway system. Canyons and rock formations of varying colors were a feast for the eyes even on a gray and dreary day. As I oohed and aahed, poor Art huffed and puffed as our speed steadily dropped while we made our way up, up, and up again! I’m happy to report that we did not start rolling backwards and that we made it safe and sound to our destination! And, in my next post, I will return to the norm and regale you about this special place. But, I just could not fail to give a nod to this great stretch of road and to encourage any one visiting these parts to take the long way – it’s well worth the time!!