So we're moving on! We got up yesterday morning and spent some time in Arches National Park - it's amazing! It is just another place that I find majestic... it's so awesome that these places and formations and landscapes are created naturally. Here's a picture of Ben and me in front of one of the arches:
Ben kept on going, deciding to do another part of the trail, but not the whole thing. (Don't worry, he had his cell phone and I knew where he was going and what time to expect him back... and it all worked out just fine). He was really glad that he rode a bit more, felt awesome in some places and totally sketched out in others. The bummer is, he did something to his knee... the uphills here are totally insane - like, hard to walk up, let alone peddle a bike. He must have tweaked something while pushing hard on an uphill, and it's been bothering him a lot ever since.
We're a little disappointed, but the trip must go on, and we decided it would be better to take a full day of rest instead of doing another ride before hitting the road. We'll have to come back to Moab another time. We started out mid-morning, drove to Four Corners (because who can resist being in 4 states at once?) and then kept on going 'til we made it to Flagstaff, AZ. We're spending the night here at a hostel, then hoping to feel up to a good bike ride tomorrow. We're also hoping for some productivity in terms of oil changing, mail sending, and banking... hopefully it'll be a success!