Cross-Country Route 40 Bike Trip - Day 11 (Roosevelt to Dinosaur)
This day's journey covers the high elevations of the Colorado Plateau. You'll leave the desert town of Roosevelt and pass through Vernal and ultimately end up in Dinosaur (these are really the only three towns on the way). Plan on carrying extra water and food with you. You should note that gas and oil exploration workers in this region usually occupy every available motel room around - so advanced reservations are in order. The first 20 miles of the trip hover around 5,000 feet above sea level. As you approach Vernal, you'll have an ascent up to 5,800 feet and then a drop back down to 4,700 feet as you approach the Green River at Jansen. The last 19 miles are a grueling ascent to 5,900 feet above sea level. If you follow this itinerary, you do so at your own risk. Failure to exercise good judgment can result in traffic violation citations, injury and even death. If in doubt, please consult with state and local law enforcement agencies.