A friend of mine, Charlie, said the secret to living long and well is to be planning 12 months ahead. He got his Pilot license at the age of 73, flew to Alaska 3 months later, and flew with his Girl Friend well into his 90's. He died 6 months short of his 100th birthday, so there must be something to his philosophy.
When you get to Grand Junction, consider going through Colorado National Monument. It's a short, beautiful ride. Kind of a mini Bryce canyon.
If you don't go.....you won't have a story.