This is my kind of road: another near empty one winding up another scenic canyon in northwest Colorado on the way to Dinosaur National Monument.
EDITOR’S NOTE: If you haven’t already, please see Part 1 of Jefe’s Colorado Motorcycle Ride.
Skull of an Allosaurus, a 30 foot long apex predator that lived over 150 million years ago, roughly 85 million years before similarly built Tyrannosaurus walked the earth. Jurassic World makes them look real, but their reality is so far removed from ours that we almost cannot conceive of that much time.
Approximately 145 million years ago, this Camarasaurus came to the last large stream in a time of extreme drought and found that this stream too had dried up. She gave up, lay down in the dry stream bed and died, her jaw slightly agape searching for moisture. There were no large predators left alive to tear apart her skeleton and the sea that eventually covered her preserved her death in the rock.
Several times on this trip, I encountered huge storm cells like this boiling up in the humid air blowing up from the Sea of Cortez in Mexico. Riding straight toward this one, I raced it to shelter in Vernal, Utah and won . . . this time.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Check out Part 4 of Jefe’s Colorado Motorcycle Ride.