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Jun 8, 2017 - Day 40 - Fairplay to Canon City, CO

Today’s ride to Cañon (pronounced canyon) City, Colorado was a downhill and WINDY 66-mile ride with 2,149’ of ascent. From Fairplay, elevation 9,953’, to Cañon City, there was a large amount of downhill. The end-point of today’s adventure was Cañon City, Colorado, population 16,400 at an elevation of 5,331'. Cañon City straddles the easterly flowing Arkansas River and is a popular tourist destination for sightseeing, whitewater rafting, and rock climbing. The city is noted for being the location of nine state and four federal prisons and...

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Jul 5, 2016 - Pike's Peak

Just outside of Colorado Springs in the village of Manitou Springs is the COG railroad to the top of Pike's Peak. The train is standard gage, but there is a cog track between the normal tracks and cog teeth on the train which allows it to pull at a steeper incline than a regular train. The trip takes around an hour and half each way and goes from the base at around 6,300' to 14,100' at the peak. It was right around 90 degrees at the base and 46 degrees at the peak with a wind chill of 40 degrees. You spend about 30-40 minutes at the top,...

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Jul 4, 2016 - Garden of the Gods

Within the Colorado Springs city limits (in a residential area) lays a city park called "Garden of the Gods." The park is a series of unique sandstone formations which you can either drive or walk around. We chose the former, since it was 93 degrees. The Visitor’s Center has several exhibits and a video which explains how these rock formations were created over the past 500 million years.

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Jun 26, 2016 - Florissant Fossil Beds

North of Canon City and west of Colorado Springs about an hour is the tiny town of Florissant. The beautiful valley surrounding this town holds petrified redwoods and detailed fossils of ancient insects and plants. About 35 million years ago, enormous volcanic eruptions buried the valley. A lake formed, and the fine-grained sediments at its bottom compacted into layers of shale, preserving these delicate organisms as fossils. The National Monument has yielded over 50,000 museum pieces of over 1,700 species of plants and animals. The most...

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Jun 25, 2016 - Peterson Air and Space Museum

Another stop in Colorado Springs was the Peterson Air and Space Museum. The base on which the museum sits and the museum were named for Lt. Edward Peterson who was killed in a crash. A portion of the base was once the municipal airport for Colorado Springs until WWII when it was repurposed to be a training ground for a photographic reconnaissance squadron. One of the hangars which now houses exhibits was once used by the Broadmoor hotel for airplane storage for wealthy clientele. The museum exhibits include some personal artifacts from Lt....

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Jun 24, 2016 - Colorado Prisons Museum

Canon City is the home of a Colorado Territorial Prison (a medium security institution) and a museum of CO prisons. It was housed in one of the old cell blocks, and each cell displayed some element of prison life – what a typical cell looked like, shackles used, punishment methods, items created by prisoners. One of the more interesting items was a table top made of weapons confiscated from inmates. It was almost eerie to step into a cell - even though they did not have doors, you did not want to hear something closing behind you. But the...

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Jun 23, 2016 - US Air Force Academy

We took a day to visit the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. It is a huge campus at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The buildings (one with a tail like a plane) and Cadet Chapel are certainly beautiful and a very modern design. Like West Point, the campus was immaculate – no paper or beer cans lying around. Unlike West Point, the campus and buildings do not ooze with US history and a who's who in our military history. The Air Force did not become a separate branch of the military until 1947, and the first graduation was in 1960. While...

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Jun 22, 2016 - Royal Gorge

We left Mancos headed for Canon (pronounced “Canyon”) City which is about 50 miles west of Colorado Springs. The drive included driving through Wolf Creek pass which is 11,300' high. The coach climbed the winding road at a steady 40 MPH and on the way down the engine brake held us at a steady 45 without a foot on the brakes. A great thing! Once again, the mountain vistas are just awesome. We settled in at a nice park just outside of Canon City. Steph has a full list of activities for us including the Royal Gorge Bridge. The Bridge is an...

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May 6, 2016 - Canon City, Colorado

It is a less eventful day. There are no great pictures to post. I spend time talking with our KOA host. We decide to go to Cripple Creek. The travel time is a little more than we enjoy by motorcycle. Also, it is windy and there is a good chance of rain. We try taking the RV. We head north on Route Nine. We are definitely climbing. We turn toward Cripple Creek. We are now on a two lane road with a thirty-five mile speed limit. We climb nonstop. We have soon climbed two thousand feet and we are still forty-five minutes from Cripple Creek....

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May 5, 2016 - Canon City, Colorado

It is another great day. We get on the motorcycle and take “Eight Mile” into town. John needs a haircut. I find Main Street and a chocolate shop. We head back on “Eight Mile” to take a helicopter ride. We both love to fly. This is my second helicopter ride. We fly over the Royal Gorge and the Royal Gorge Bridge. Our pilot narrates the trip. It is really quite wonderful. A bit about the bridge: It is a bridge to nowhere. Supposedly, it was built because of a bet between two Texans. “Bet you can’t built a suspension bridge across that...

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May 4, 2016 - Canon City, Colorado

What a day! I stop in the campground office to say thank you. We have a good laugh about being allowed to pick our site. It was the only one available! We stop in West Pueblo for supplies and gas up. We continue west on Route 50. It is a short ride today. We see our first antelopes and our first prairie dogs. We look at the Rockies in front of us. We do some climbing. In no time at all, we are in Canon City. We continue on for eight miles to our campground. We later learn that this section is called “Eight Mile.” We continue to climb. The...

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Apr 1, 2016 - Canon City

Got going from Denver and stopped overnight in Canon City to visit our friends Ray and Rhonda. Had a wonderful meal and enjoyed their beautiful (off the grid) home with panoramic views of the Sangre De Cristo mountains. Also enjoyed their menagerie of pets including horses, goats, dogs and cats. Next Stop Santa Fe, NM!

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