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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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Sep 28, 2014 - Royal Gorge Railroad

We drove into Canon City around 8:30, having breakfast at the Waffle Wagon restaurant – which was very, very good! We still had lots of time to kill before our 12:30 departure on the Royal Gorge RR so we decided to take the scenic skyline drive that goes up, up, up onto a ridge overlooking the territorial prison – old and new. The “road” was built to access guard shacks above the prison. There is a 360 degree view from the ridge. The road is very narrow and not in the best shape – great for walking, biking – not really designed for an...

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New Mexico Trek 2014

Sep 27, 2014 - On to Canon City

We didn’t have far to go – approximately 67 miles. So we left the AFA famcamp around 11 am. The night before, Dave and I went over the route, programming his smart phone and my Garmin with the new campground co-ordinates. Two mishaps occurred upon departure – we forgot to crank down the TV antennae – but Jean called us before we even got out of camp so we could stop and lower it. The second mishap was a bit more frustrating – Dave left his smart phone in the trailer on departure. He thought he had programmed the GPS in the truck as well and...

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New Mexico Trek 2014

Aug 31, 2014 - Swinging High

Today we were swinging high above the Arkansas River (955' to be exact) on the Royal Gorge Bridge. Linda wasn't too excited about the swinging and swaying of a suspension bridge, but she's a real trooper and enjoyed this man made wonder. Now the eleventh highest bridge in the world, it was the highest from 1929 construction till 2003, and it's still plenty high for us. The wooden deck with it's 1292 planks speaks to a day long gone, but only a very few planks needed replacement after the massive fire of last year that destroyed most of the...

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Westward Ho

Jul 8, 2013 - Explored Canon City But Gorge Closed......

From Falcon Meadow Campground – Falcon, CO We traveled today to nearby Canon City. This Colorado city is located in a mountain bowl and straddles the whitewater Arkansas River which flows from the Rocky Mountains and through the mouth of the Royal Gorge. On this summer day the large tourist population the area normally draws was diminished. This due to the devastating Royal Gorge Fire last month has closed the National Park until early next year. The city was laid out January 17, 1858 during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. The first building was...

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Home Sweet RV - 2013

Jun 12, 2013 - Fire & Evacuation

Tuesday off to The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park again as when we visited last night only the bridge was open, first we rode on the Aerial Tram that goes across the gorge which is 2200ft wide and when you are in the middle it is 1000ft down with the Arkansas River roaring below. There is also a railway that runs alongside the river. Once we were over the other side of the gorge we walked around the animal area where we saw Elk, Bighorn Sheep & Bison, there was 3 White Bison very rare and scared to the Indians we had never seen these before. I...

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Wandering America

Jun 12, 2013 - Drive to Canon City

Monday a 2.5 hour drive to Canon City where are stopping just 2 nights, another nerve racking drive over Monarch Pass narrow winding roads with tight bends and me on the edge again pretty scary stuff. Amazing scenery along the way though. We also drove through Bighorn Sheep Gorge the river and the rail track alongside us all the way through but no train appeared. More road works on route that held us up again and a delayed journey. Later on we drove up to the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park where we walked across the bridge it is a suspension...

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Wandering America

Sep 18, 2012 - Manitou Springs

9/18 Had to leave Canon city today, we just hated to go. We stopped by in Pueblo to say goodbye to my Aunt Tat. From there we drove to Manitou Springs. another adorable town nestled right at the base of Pikes Peak, it is charming. We have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous as far as RV parks go. In Canon City we had a 40’ wide site; here in Manitou Springs we cannot open our awning because it will hit the RV next to us. By the way the RV next to us is a 2004 Allegro Bus with the same color scheme as ours; we look like twins sitting...

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Sep 17, 2012 - Skyline Drive

A quiet day today. Did a little house keeping to prepare for our move tomorrow. It was nice to relax a bit. We just went fishing in the Arkansas river…….. had steak for dinner. After fishing we drove the Skyline Drive. Talk about holding your breath. There are parts of it that actually drop off on 800 feet on either side. There were pull-offs where you can get photos. In one spot there are these odd big bumps in the rock, they are dinosaur foot prints. There’s a house next door to the campground with horses. They know campers will give...

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Sep 16, 2012 - Royal Gorge

9/16 Another busy day with my cousin Linda and Jack. They came to our place today, and we went to visit the Royal Gorge. When you walk in to the park you are greeted by a clock. It keeps hours, days, seasons and the year, and it runs on water, it is one of only three in the world. We then took the incline railway. It was built in 1931 and is a 45 degree angle. It is one of the worlds steepest and is considered one of the most difficult structures ever built. You stand-up inside a cage and are lowered to the bottom of the canyon, it is quite...

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