Moab would be warmer, but it's hard to get to without a car. For someone with my capability, with the time I have available, I'd maybe just get there and have to turn around again. Is the google bike route for Grand Junction to Moab any good? It goes by 6 to 191. Would a piece of Kokopelli be simply ridiculous with a loaded bike?
The other problem is I'm slow and not good on roads with poor sightlines and no shoulders. They're just not enjoyable to me (hey, I'm a newbie). That's why I didn't even bring up CO National Monument. Nothing wrong with my stamina though. Anyway, I remember 191 coming into Moab and I think I'd wet my pants every time I heard a car come up behind me around a curve.
Yes, the weather on the pass is what had me wondering. I wasn't even thinking about trying anything higher. We have flexibility on route and whether I join at all, so we can see how the weather develops by then... How is the biking on the suggested route? I've heard 92 from Delta to Hotchkiss is high traffic/no shoulders - not good for a newbie. Google shows back roads by which you can avoid that (how are those?). But how's the rest from Hotchkiss up to Carbondale, where we could pick up the Rio Grande trail?