Middle of the Navajo Nation en route to Silver City, NM.
Google Maps claimed 14.25 hours - somehow the Swedish Meatball got it done in 11 without any serious lawbreaking and a long stopover at the Lovemuffin Cafe in Moab. 4 AM leavetime from SLC made for some interesting 5-foot visibility driving over Soldier Summit, but the rest was fantastic from a meteorological standpoint. For the first time since childhood, I felt a sense of social shame while driving through the Dine reservation, something I’ve never done before. Too tired to elaborate more now…but a funny point in my mind.
Silver City is interesting. Collision of a lot of different lifestyles this weekend - I was checking out at the grocery store after arriving, and two rather portly females ahead of me in the checkout line were giggling about my purchase of a SlimFast sixer.
Went for a quick spin this afternoon with my week-long roomie, a chill Cat 1 guy from DC who rides with the Kelly Elite team (not the Kelly Benefits NRC pro team) and goes by the name of Blair Berbert. Definitely offered up some good beta on the 3 courses - I don’t know how guys like that do it from the coast straight to 6000 feet. I wish him luck.