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martys
01-27-2012, 12:00 AM
For those of you who have ridden Rt 141 from Naturita to Grand Junction, CO you know there's a little oasis in Gateway that's not on the maps and not in the GPS but has gas and a general store. It's a life saver of a gas stop if you've forgotten to fill up recently.

Well, the owner of the resort in Gateway (the guy who created the Discovery Channel) is investing $20 million dollars to turn it into a playground for the rich. Anyway, as part of the renovation the general store is being converted and the gas station is coming out.

Gateway is a really neat place, we stopped there in 2007 and rode by it in 2010 after backtracking for gas, since I had not filled up that morning. :p If you're planning a ride going through the area, just remember to gas up in Naturita if going north or Grand Junction if going south.

Here's an article on the project. http://bit.ly/wN90WP

Just a little public service message if anyone is planning a trip through the area in the future.

Rich Quarre
01-27-2012, 08:15 AM
Thanks Marty. It's good that the store and gas pumps are just being moved off location, so that they will still be available. Sounds like Gateway is set to become a pretty swanky spot. I've never been there, but I have been to Sedona (which was mentioned in the article) several times. If it turns our like Sedona, then this should be great for the local economy. Given the projected room costs, it might be a little pricey for accommodations when you pass through on the MTS, though. :cool2:

martys
01-27-2012, 08:41 AM
ya, it really is an oasis if you're passing through. On Spring Ride 2 I was with Bong and Jim Lazo and a bunch of others. I remember it being like 100+ degrees, the local highway dept was re-striping the road and we were stopped for a while behind the paint truck. I was so hot I rode over the wet strip and passed the painters much to Bong and Jim's surprise, leaving a yellow rooster tail behind. We stopped in Gateway for a cold drink, rest break and a good laugh. Inside the store I heard the clerk talking to one of the locals about driving cattle on horseback. Such a different, different world over there. I loved it! I'm sure I'll ride through there again sometime in the next few years.

I was too hot to even take out my camera. Bong took this picture while we were there in 2007.

http://martys.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Spring-Ride-II/52843960345f7480d55o/258819508_ZEyTb-M.jpg

Bong
01-27-2012, 05:08 PM
Certainly BEAUTIFUL country riding into Gateway, excellent memories and wish I could do that ride again! Yes it hot and it was a nice place to take a cool break in the swank minimart.

I still remember thinking you were :lostmarbles: for riding thru the wet yellow striping :happy57:

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o248/bong1098/2007 Spring Ride II CO UT/IMG_0370.jpg

Bong
01-27-2012, 05:12 PM
Also brings back memories from our nice accomodations in Vernal, UT :rolleyes:

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o248/bong1098/2007 Spring Ride II CO UT/IMG_0391.jpg
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o248/bong1098/2007 Spring Ride II CO UT/IMG_0390.jpg
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o248/bong1098/2007 Spring Ride II CO UT/IMG_0389.jpg
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o248/bong1098/2007 Spring Ride II CO UT/IMG_0388.jpg
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o248/bong1098/2007 Spring Ride II CO UT/IMG_0386.jpg

martys
01-28-2012, 08:13 AM
Certainly BEAUTIFUL country riding into Gateway, excellent memories and wish I could do that ride again! Yes it hot and it was a nice place to take a cool break in the swank minimart.

I still remember thinking you were :lostmarbles: for riding thru the wet yellow striping :happy57:


and you were absolutely correct :riding:

That was my first long distance tour and I learned a lot on that trip.