YertleLing To Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park — Day 1

This was a bittersweet trip. Sweet because it was loads of fun and very relaxing. Bitter because we were supposed to caravan with close friends, another couple with an Airstream. Unfortunately, one of them was unexpectedly diagnosed with a type of cancer that required immediate attention.

So, instead of leaving on Sunday, we left at about 8:30 am Monday morning, behind schedule. Took the Peak to Peak Highway out of Estes Park to I-70, then I-70 West toward Grand Junction to Highway 65 and headed south. We worked our way down to Montrose through Grand Mesa and into Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The BAT-Mobile really struggled pulling Yertle through the nearly 11,000′ peaks. It was a 369 mile trip, and we arrived at 6:00 pm, so I had to break my rule of trying to travel 300 miles or less per day and be in the campground by 3:00 pm.

We set up in Campsite B-11, a pull-through, which worked out well because the back-ins were very small. Mary unpacked and set up housekeeping while I unhitched, leveled Yertle and got the campfire and grill ready.

Cheeseburgers, etc., were the menu, beer and whiskey the beverages. Crashed hard before 9:00.

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