We picked up a quick lunch in Vernal and did a couple miles of pavement south to get us back on the east side of the Green River. We made our way through some oil fields and over the White River till we came to the turn off for Dragon Road and Baxter Pass.
Now we were really getting into some remote areas.
The further south we got the terrain changed from the dry desert and sage brush to mountains and juniper.
The road up to Baxter Pass had these signs along the way. Anybody know the story behind these? I did some searching but came up empty. I'm guessing it is for a bike touring route, but you better be damn sure to bring a lot of water with you.
At some point, we slipped back into Colorado as we made our way up the pass. The route follows an old railroad grade the twists and turns up the mountains. At the top, we were greeted with amazing views to the south and west.
At this point, we had been riding since 7:00am and had logged over 250 miles. We were both looking forward to a hot meal and cold beer down in Fruita, but we had some dirt in front of us before that would happen.