Day six -- Omaha, Nebraska to Moab, Utah via I-80/I-76/I-70 (886 miles): This is the first really long drive day thus far, but I promise it’ll go fast. Start with coffee and breakfast at the excellent Culprit Café and Bakery in downtown Omaha, then head across Nebraska into Colorado. I sent you across the Rockies on I-70 in the 3.5-day trip, but I’m sure you won’t mind that I’m sending you down that road again. It’s the Rockies, for Pete’s sake! You’ll end up in Moab, which specializes in mountain bikes, rock formations, and near beer. If I remember correctly, there is also a snake museum. I might be misremembering this. Anyway, Moab rules.
Day seven -- Moab, Utah to Escalante, Utah via Capitol Reef National Park (219 miles): This will be the best day of your trip, if not of your year. Meander around Moab and Arches National Park for a bit before working your way toward UT-24. Follow it to the spooky, transfixing Goblin Valley State Park and through the less-creepy Capitol Reef National Park. The most exhilarating drive in the contiguous United States is the stretch of UT-12 between Boulder and Escalante. Time it so you go right before sunset, and then pull into historic Escalante, where you can get a clean cabin and excellent food at Escalante Outfitters.