California to Colorado by Motorcycle | Stephen Smith Guest Editor Photo Story
The forecast called for highs around 115 degrees in the desert between California and Stephen’s final destination of Colorado. Leaving Los Angeles at 3:30am in an attempt to minimize the mid-day ride time, he set out on his voyage. At 6am the sun peaked over the eastern hills, and the temperature was already sitting at 90 degrees. He knew immediately that he was in for one hell of a day on the motorcycle. Taking the time to wander off the beaten path always pays off though – from a dip in a refreshing body of water, to a field of grazing sheep and painted ponies, the road from California to Colorado does not disappoint. See for yourself.
Leaving my Lake Powell camp around 4am meant a stunning sunrise approaching Monument Valley. I stopped as the sun came into view illuminating these lovely Navajo Paints.
My pal Michael of Mountain Roots Produce is the real deal. Situated in Mancos, CO, just between Cortez and Durango, he and his partner Mindy farm organic veggies all season. I doubt most folks understand the level of commitment and endless labor it takes to farm this way. I have nothing but profound respect for these two.