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Sep 13, 2018 - US Olympic Training Center and US Air Force Academy

Sept 13 We continued northward on I-25 to Colorado Springs where we first toured the US Olympic Training Center. This hour long walking tour included a introductory movie and visits to a number of gyms, training venues and facilities. This is one of two impressive, nongovernment funded facilities, which is available to any qualified athlete, summer of winter sports, who compete at Olympic level, including Para Olympic athletes. Our next stop was the USAir Force Academy. This is a huge base with a relatively isolated education and training...

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Sep 10, 2018 - Pike's Peak Ride

What a great ride up Pike's Peak. About 75 at the entrance, and about 37 at the summit. A lot of construction at the summit, building a new summit store/complex. Some hairpin turns going up were quite a challenge, but we managed to stay upright. Coming down was much less stressful.

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Aug 23, 2018 - America's Highway & More Red Rocks

This was probably the clearest day since Minneapolis if not of the entire trip. Since arriving in Colorado Friday night it's been mostly overcast w/ some hazy sunshine at best. Today was blue skies which worked out well because it was Pikes Peak day. The Pikes Peak Highway is owned by the City of Colorado Springs and their is a $15 fee to use it. The drive up is similar to Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain NP but there doesn't seem to be as many sheer drop offs. In many cases there is a foot or two of macadam berm, then another couple of...

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Aug 22, 2018 - U.S. Air Force Academy

Only thing on the docket for today was a visit to the Air Force Academy. Since it is only about an hour from Denver, just north of Colorado Springs, I thought I would have an early day and be checking into the hotel by 3 or so. Not to be. After taking care of some housekeeping items before I left Denver it was just before 11 by the time I got to the USAFA visitors center. I caught the film about the first year in a cadet's life at the academy. The beginning was a bit traumatic for me because it showed them on the first day of basic training...

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Jul 31, 2018 - And Now For the Rest of the Story

I’ll never forget hearing that distinctive voice on the radio while growing up. Paul Harvey. He would come on the radio and tell stories...about life. But his stories always had a story behind the headlines (the REST of the story). And, it usually tugged at your heart. His ending was classic. This is Paul Harvey...good DAY! I bring this up because this is the story behind the story. If you read the blog about the first half of this trip, then you know me and the pups took off in Gypsy with no plan and the intention to stay the entire trip...

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Gypsy Journey

Jul 25, 2018 - The final stop

We had decided to spend the final three days of our trip at Mountaindale RV Resort just outside Colorado Springs. This campground is located about 12 miles south of Colorado Springs. It is surrounded by miles of open country and game preserves. From our campsite we saw lots of deer and turkeys and supposedly there were bear and bobcats that came through. Here are a couple pictures Susan took from the campsite. The people at the campground consist of about 50% long term people and 50% those in for less than a week. We met some really...

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Jun 10, 2018 - A Wonderful Greeting

Marilyn & I had only a bit over 3 hours to travel today so we took our time getting ready to go. It was easy to leave a bit after 8:00 AM and a nice trip. I was so happy to hear Marilyn say, when she first caught sight of the mountains and Pike’s Peak, “I’m in my Happy Place again”. We pulled in at Mountaindale RV Resort around 11:20 AM and were greeted by Jesse & Ginger. We exchanged hugs and visited until we finally decided we had better get checked in and get things set up in our Site #82. We completed the basics and left some of the...

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Apr 16, 2018 - Monday Colorado Springs CO

The ladies, Candy and Dawn, went to do the Segway’s in the Garden of the Gods. I told them I would meet them at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center when they returned from their Segway ride. I drove over to and could not believe all the people that were there. Traffic in the park was bumper to bumper plus all the people hiking the trails. I drove thru the park but never found the Visitor Center and ended up outside the park. Don’t know what happen but I missed the place. It was a nice drive but I never did meet up with them so I ended up...

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2018 Winter

Apr 14, 2018 - Saturday Colorado Springs CO

We decided to drive over to Canon City and take the Royal Gorge Train ride. It was a little over an hour drive but it was nice once we got out of Colorado Springs, traffic is crazy out here. Cañon City was laid out on January 17, 1858, during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush, but then the land was left idle. A new company "jumped the claim" to the town's site in late 1859, and it put up the first building in February 1860. This town was originally intended as a commercial center for mining in South Park and the upper Arkansas River. In 1861, the...

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2018 Winter

Apr 13, 2018 - Friday Colorado Springs CO

We kind of took it easy today waiting for Mike, Jerrica, Dominic and Kayden to arrive for the evening. Once the boys got out of school they will drive down from Castle Rock to visit. Got a surprise that Dawn drove down also but needed to go back for a funeral tomorrow. They all arrive and it sure was nice to see all of them. The boys are growing up, Dominic is 9 and Kayden is 8, been a couple years since I last saw them. We all visited, Dawn returned home and got in a snow storm on the way home but she made it safe. We all got settled in...

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2018 Winter

Apr 12, 2018 - Thursday Colorado Springs CO

We decided that we would not stay in Pueblo because there were not any good campgrounds in the area we could stay, they were all full. We got reservation at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs so that where we will drive to today. We have stayed there before and it is a nice and central located campground for us. We stayed at Garden of the Gods back in 1984 on our first trip to Denver in a Motorhome. We also stayed here 2 years ago on our trip home and it snowed while we were here. Colorado Springs is a home rule municipality that is the...

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2018 Winter

Jan 14, 2018 - Lacie's engagement Party

We left early on the 12th to drive to Colorado Springs for Lacie’s engagement party. Our first stop was in Trinidad to renew the Old Guy’s drivers license since he didn’t get it when we originally left from Colorado last September. I had all the correct documentation and it only took about 10 minutes before we were on our way again. The drive was uneventful, but we were thankful we were not pulling the trailer with the 40 MPH crosswinds we had the whole way! At last we arrived. Don’s younger son came over with his girlfriend and we shared...

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