United States 26 May: Hesperus, Colorado - Montezuma Creek, Utah

Spectular landscapes

The morning began with us offering our gratitude to the Quality Inn at Durango for so generously accommodating the womens team.

The team met with Mancos City Manager Ms. Andrea Phillips, as well as other city representatives, first thing in the morning.

The Peace torch was passed to locals.

The running route today consisted of breathtaking landscapes. The mens team covered the route before Mesa Verde.

Along the way, the mens team met an interesting man who makes stage coaches for movies.

Dave Sice holds the Peace Torch in this photo. Dave is a talented wood artist near Mesa Verde who is able to carve wood using a chainsaw.

More happy Peace Torch holders.

We also visited beautiful Mesa Verde National Park. The Park features important and unique archeological remains of Pueblo people who lived in the cliffs between 500 and 1200AD.

Laurel Westendorp and Kialey Day, Park Rangers, shared their love and knowledge of the Mesa Verde National Park and held the Peace Torch

Megan Dechen and Matt Wesley held the torch near the Mesa Verde Museum carpark. Megan and Matt are on a bike tour from New Hampshire to Los Angeles.

More Peace Torch holders.

Mesa Verde volunteers Mary McKean and Cindy Hielscher told us that they saw our runners earlier in the day on the road from Cortez.

Rhonda Knight, from Brisbane, Australia, posed for a photo with our Australian Peace runners Tavishi and Saranyu.

The views from Mesa Verde were spectacular.

In the afternoon, a Peace Run ceremony was held in Cortez and the team was warmly welcomed by Mayor Karen Sheek.

A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to the City of Cortez.

The womens team covered the afternoon mileage.

We ran through the most stunning landscapes that most of us had ever seen.

Making the evening meal in the RV.

Many thanks to the Desert Rose Inn and Cabins at Bluff for generously accommodating the womens team at the end of the day.