Day 2 started out infernally hot in Salt Lake City (insert your own religious joke here). Instead of following the mindless twisting ribbon of I-80, at 9:04 AM, I turned south towards Provo and then onto US 6, headed towards Grand Junction, Colorado -- where you pick up the more interesting twisting ribbon of the Colorado River.
Of course there was a photo op.
Vail Pass, Colorado -- 10,662 feet above sea level. Stay there long enough and John Denver suddenly starts to make sense.
Fortunately, it was downhill (literally) the rest of the way.
Final stop: Denver, 5:29 PM Mountain -- eight hours, twenty-five minutes, and 513 miles later.