Travelers on an Adventure by (Tom & Deb) travel blog

BIG hay bales!

The Rockies are coming into view!

Heading up into the mountains (La Veta CO) notice the snow fencing

Oh how beautiful

Blanca CO, this is spectacular, and will be even better with a...

Alamosa CO

All set up in peacock Meadows Riverside RV park, and Bentley likes...

 

Awesome food and atmosphere

The RV Park borders the Rio Grande River, looks like some nice...

WOW! This along Route 149 heading up toward Creede CO

As seen on our day trip up to Creede

 

 

 

Made it to Creede

At the Creede mining museum

A view from the mining museum back out over the town

Creede FD

 

Both the museum and FD are carved into the mountainside on the...

Back at the park, with a nice sunset.


We got an early start, leaving John Martin Reservoir State Park at 0830 hours. The weather was beautiful. We were heading to an RV park in South Fork CO, but we had some thoughts about maybe trying to go a bit further and get over "the mountain" today, as some cold weather was coming. South Fork is at about 8200 feet elevation, and Wolf Creek Pass on route 160 that we needed to go over is at 10,812 feet! Yep, they get snow up there much sooner than the rest of the world.

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However, as things sometimes go, we ran into a bit of a "challenge" along our way. About 20 miles outside of Walsenburg CO, the motor on the RV started having an occasional "hiccup". As we went along further, the "hiccups" got more and more frequent. The road was a two lane highway, posted at 65 mph, and it is nothing but rolling hills + fields for as far as you can see. No real place to pull off the road, and nothing around for miles! We were fortunate to have cell service, and Deb was somehow able to locate us a mobile diesel mechanic that could assist us. Now could we make it to Walsenburg without needing to be towed??? We could manage 40 going down hill and maybe 25 on the up grades. It was an anxious several miles, but we did make it and got parked at the Safeway grocery store. We called the diesel mechanic back and let him know we had made it. He was still about half an our away, so we took some time to do a little grocery shopping. Alvin showed up just as we got back to the RV with the grocery cart. Alvin had a few questions, and we went over everything that had happened on the trip thus far today. He looked things over and said he felt the likely cause was a plugged fuel filter. There was a CARQUEST auto parts store a block down the road, and thankfully they had both fuel filters we needed. Alvin gave us a short course in changing the filters and it was pretty clear the filters were gunked up. Once they were changed, Alvin followed us in his truck while took a test drive, back out through town, onto I25 up a good hill, and back to Safeway's parking lot. Perfect!! A gold star for this kind young man. If anyone is ever in need of assistance in the this area of CO (he is based in Rye CO) we highly recommend him.

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We got back on the road and made it to our original destination of Peacock Meadows Riverside RV Park in South Fork CO at just before 6 pm. (thank goodness we had an earlier than usual departure from the park in Hasty CO) We got set up in our pull through full hook up site, then drove the car a quarter mile up the road for a well deserved meal at 2 Rivers BBQ. Wow, the meal and atmosphere was great. This turned out to be one looong day! Also, since the park had room for us to stay an extra night, we decided to do so.

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Much to be thankful for!!

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Thursday October 4th was a cold morning, down to 35 degrees!! After it warmed up a bit, we drove up to the small town of Creede and visited a mining museum and the underground fire station. We saw spectacular views all along the way. In the afternoon we visited Three Barrel Brewing in Del Norte. (www.threebarrelbrew.com)

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Tomorrow morning we head up over the pass as we continue toward AZ.

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2-ole-buddies + Bentley



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