Independence Day Ride and Lunch at the Back 40

Sue wasn’t able to join us as we headed out for a morning ride on the 4th of July. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Independence Day than spending a couple of hours in the wind with friends.

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Wolf Creek Pass into Tabiona is a favorite ride for me and the crisp morning air as we left the city made it all the better. With the exception of one or two other folks on the road, we pretty much had the pass to ourselves as we worked our way up to the summit and down into the sleepy towns of Hana and Tabiona.

After a brief visit with some old neighbors, Kathy, Kelly, Chris, and I headed to Hwy 40 and our return through Heber and an anticipated lunch stop at the Back 40 Ranch House.


I can’t count the times we’d ridden past this place without a second thought, but since we discovered just how good the food really is, we make it a point to stop by every time we’re riding in this part of the world and it’s even close to a meal time. It’s that good.


I’ve become partial to their roast beef dip sandwich, but I haven’t had anything there that wasn’t good. It’s turned out to be a great excuse to ride into the Heber Valley. The food is good, the service is good, and the price isn’t bad either.


Kathy had a plate of steamed veggies that looked good, Kelly had a couple of enchiladas, and Chris had a salad with salmon that all looked good.

I don’t normally take photos of the meal, but Sue wasn’t with us and she loves this place, so … well … I was being a little mean.

This turned out to be three or four hours of time well spent watching the road pass under our feet.