We left Delta, Ut. around 2:30pm. Thankfully it wasn't nearly as hot this year for an afternoon ride. Not that it would have mattered, we'd have left anyway. After planning this ride for months we were ready to go regardless of the weather. The first little stretch into Salina, Ut. is pretty mundane for us. We've been there done that A BUNCH. I-70 in to Green River Ut is where it starts getting fun. The canyon just outside of Salina is beautiful. We did hit some rain for a few miles but nothing too serious. It's amazing how fast the scenery can change out there. From beautiful mountain canyons into rocky desert cliffs, it's gorgeous.
There is an exit on this stretch of 1-70, closer to Green River than Salina, labeled "Mussentuchit". Cracks me up every time I see it. Mustn't touch what??? Well I finally remembered to look it up.
"What about Mussentuchit, though? Originally, cowboys called it "Must Not Touch It" because the water was poisonous. That became "Musn't Touch it." And finally, Mussentuchit, with a new pronunciation: "moose-un-TOO-shet"."
That quote is from an article on KSL. There's a lot more Utah history included if you'd like to check it out.
Just outside of Green River we started chasing a storm. It was amazing to see the thunderstorms coming together over the mountains to the north of us. At first the clouds looked like blue cotton candy. When they started transitioning into black haze I figured we were really going to get nailed. Somehow we managed to get around it and by the time we hit Fruita, Co. we were pretty safe from the north. Fruita is rich with agriculture so everything is green and smells so so good. I believe it's part of the Colorado River that runs through there and you can feel the moisture as you ride through.
From Grand Junction, Co. we headed south on 50 into Delta Co. Once again, we were chasing a storm, this time to south of us. The storm was far enough ahead all we caught were wet roads and this amazing rainbow.
We made Delta, Co. dry. Which I was grateful for. Riding in the rain isn't necessarily bad, but it does get a bit uncomfortable depending on how bad it is.
We hit Hoolies for dinner and beers. This is our second visit there and we were not as impressed with it this time. The food is great and the beer is cold. The bartender/waitress may have needed a little work. Our first visit there we absolutely loved it, but this time it was a bit different atmosphere. It is a cool place to check out. From looking at the inside it looks like it used to be a Mexican restaurant and they've done a good job revamping it into a bar. It's totally biker friendly if you are ever in the area. And like I said, the food is great if you don't mind less than perfect service.
There is a really cool old building across the street from Hoolies. It's called the Delta House. Turns out it's now an assisted living facility. I couldn't find any history info on it with a quick Google search. But it's definitely worth looking at if you ride by.
Main Street is full of old buildings that are still operating businesses. We love that! It feels "hometown" and you can tell these people honor their city and their history.
One of our favorite finds in Delta Co is Orval's Used Cars. This pic speaks for itself. If you are in the area and love old cars, this is a must to visit. Seriously! So so cool! I couldn't find my pics of the place so I borrowed this from their website. Really, check it out.