Day 33: Wednesday, October 17 Moab, UT to Hotchkiss, CO

  • Glenda’s friends Chuck and Inken called to let us know that they would be in Hotchkiss, CO about 3 hours east of Moab, for a long weekend.  So we rearranged our schedule and planned to meet up with them tomorrow.  We did a little shopping in the fat tire-friendly town of Moab.  We made a few purchases and found one Jersey Junction.
  • Next, on the road for 3 hours driving east to Hotchkiss.  We passed through Grand Junction, CO.  This was a surprisingly big (population 60,00) city.  The downtown was filled with sculptures and boutiques including a whole store devoted to babies and midwives (Lee take note).
  • Finally on to Hotchkiss, a tiny town in the middle of nowhere Colorado.  We are staying at a B&B/vineyard run by a Frenchman Yvon and his New Yorker (Queens) wife Joanna.  For dinner we head to town and Zack’s BBQ for ribs and chicken and a delicious local brew.

Leroux Creek Inn


BBQ joint

Local brews

  •  Back at the B&B, Yvon and Joanna were hosting 2 couples for a culinary event. They toured local vineyards and farms to buy the ingredients and come back to the B&B to cook a meal under the guidance of chef Yvon. We participated in the wine hour before they sat down to dinner. Pat & Jim, from Denver by way of TX, Cheryl from CT with her partner Tim from England. A really festive night for all, drinking the  B&B’s wine.
Jersey Junction
So, we have a couple today. First, our shop owner in Moab – Cathya Haas. Born in Philly but her parents lived in Pennsauken, NJ. Plus, her father was from Westmont,NJ (wherever that is). So even thought she has lived out in the west for a long time – she’s got Jersey roots!

Cathya with some of her beautiful hand-dyed scarves

Our second JJ was our B&B mates, Pat and Jim. Jim spent many a week in Liberty Corner working for Ingersoll Rand. He loved driving the back roads of NJ in the early morning and agreed that most Texans have no idea how beautiful NJ can be. No ugly Jersey stories from him. Thanks, Jim!

Jim and Pat

Theme of the Day: Beer and Wine
Next Up: Staying in Hotchkiss