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Apr 30, 2014 - Resting in Fruita

We had another beautiful drive today, about 200 miles. We enjoyed driving through Utah and seeing a glimpse of the Canyonlands and Blanding, Utah where we met with Vickie, Betty and Sammy last June. We also saw the La Sal mountain range where Jerry and I drove the snowy scenic drive when we stayed in Moab. We stopped in Moab for lunch, we wanted to go to our favorite Moab Diner, but we could not find a place to park the RV. We ended up at Denny’s and we had to take up a lot of parking spaces to park our RV and car. :-) Back on the road...

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Aug 27, 2013 - Mountains

We drove 250 miles today. It wasn't a bad drive. About half of it was over mountains , some pretty steep grade. Then the other half was in between the mountains. I guess you would say through the mountains. We took interstate 70 across Colorado today. We are camping in James M Robb -Colorado River State Park. It is a real nice one. Have full hookups and a beautifull lake behind us.

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Don't wake me up

Jun 27, 2013 - Western slope of Colorado

Leaving Fort Collins I head west through Rocky Mountain National Park going over Trail Ridge Road, had been about 14 years since I had driven on the road, a very beautiful morning and as it was Thursday was not a lot of traffic. Made a few stops along the way checking out a couple herds of elk, reaching the highest point on the road at 12,183 feet above sea level, the temperature at the was 67 degrees F, with some snow in places. Heading on down the other side through Grand Lake, Granby, Kremmling, and across Gore pass 9,570 and on to...

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Sep 28, 2012 - Fruita CO

It was a wonderful day to travel with sunny blue skies and mild temperatures so over the Rockies we went on I-70. We turned right on Parker Road out of Cherry Creek State Park and followed it south to the 470 bypass. We think perhaps the first section we hit, called E-470, is or soon will be a toll road. We wondered why so many cars turned west on 88 prior to E-470 entrance. Oh well, the state of Colorado hasn’t come after us. And 470 is a great bypass around Denver which has horrible traffic. The Rocky Mountains west of Denver are nothing...

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Jul 17, 2012 - First bike ride

July 17, 2012 Hit the Ryus Street Bakery first thing.  Awesome whole wheat cinnamon rolls and John got his first berry pie.  (It really was great pie.)  Then we rode 20 miles, out and back from La Veta, which was great (especially the downhill part).  Absolutely gorgeous view!  (Will have to upload photos from camera later.)  20 miles isn't going to do the trick on the tour, but at 7000 feet, it will have to suffice for now.  48 hours ago we were at 600 feet. Then up and over 11,000 foot Monarch Pass and on to Grand Junction.  (We actually...

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Summer Trip 2012

Sep 11, 2011 - Idaho Falls, ID; Salt Lake City, UT; Fruita, CO

Left St Marys, MT, in fog. We wanted to get an early start, so we had to drive in fog for the first 30 miles or so. Northern Montana, east of Glacier, flattens out with fields of grain. As we headed south on I-15, the landscape became more hilly and then we entered the Big Belt Mountains. The mountains provided a refreshing relief in scenery as they looked somewhat like the Black Hills. We traveled along the Missouri River as it wound through the valleys. We serendipitously stopped for lunch at an overlook in the mountains. What a beautiful...

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Sep 4, 2011 - Fruita, CO - Monument RV Park

It was a short 84 mile drive from Rifle Gap State Park to Fruita, CO that was filled with amazing scenery. When you follow the Colorado River, you can be assured of some terrific views. I will have to say the I-70 from Denver to Fruita has to be one of the biggest engineering achievements in this country. Coming over the Rockies and through all of these canyons presented some major challenges to building an interstate highway. We are staying in Monument RV Park just on the edge of Fruita, a couple of miles from the Western entrance to the...

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Sep 30, 2010 - Leaving Colorado

The campground office opened at 9 o’clock and we settled our bill for the electric charges for our extended stay…not too bad, considering how warm it was. Joe & Foxy were frugal in the use of the a/c. We topped off with propane too because we know we’re going to be in some cold climates before too long. And, we topped off our diesel so we had plenty of fuel to navigate the mountain passes we knew were ahead of us. So, we hit the road about 9:45 a.m. and headed west on I-70. The road was very rough in places and it was tedious going over the...

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Sep 24, 2010 - Colorado National Monument; Fruita, CO

Our drive along I-70 was pretty uneventful on our way to Fruita, CO. This is where the southwest entrance into the Colorado National Monument is. We planned to spend three nights here. This is where the "uneventful" part changed. We arrive at entrance to the Colorado National Monument, we get our pass into the park and begin the four mile drive up and around the canyons. The drive was at 15-20 miles an hour with the red rock canyon mostly on the drivers side and the drop straight down with a "curb" to stop you from falling over on the...

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Aug 15, 2010 - Agricultural Tours in Palisade

We drove to the small town of Palisade which is just 24 miles from Fruita. This town, with its winding country roads, is known for its agricultural products. This area of Colorado is packed with orchards, farms, vineyards, a brewery, a distillery and even an Alpaca farm. The chamber of commerce of Palisade has done a great job in promoting this area by encouraging local farmers and businesses to offer tours of their facilities. We had a fun afternoon touring a few of them. My favorite was a tour of Suncrest Orchards Alpaca Farm . Owners...

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Aug 12, 2010 - A National Park and National Monument

We’ve seen the Black Canyon gorge from the perspective of a boat ride and from a hike down from the rim to Curecanti Creek. Our next perspective was from a visit to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. We based ourselves in Montrose so we had a short 15 mile drive to the south rim of the park. It was an easy and scenic drive up to the park. This park is mostly a “driving” park – lots of scenic overlooks and pullouts. We did one short hike called the Oak Flat Loop Trail which is right near the visitor center. The young ranger (aren’t...

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Aug 10, 2010 - Tee for Two

Tee Shirts have become a great marketing tool. Lots of businesses recognize the benefit of putting their name or logo on a shirt which then becomes a walking advertisement. When I wear my tee shirt with the Holland American logo, I get asked how I liked the cruise. My O’Leary pie tee shirt gets questions about whether the pies are really good. The tee shirt about finishing the Spokane, Washington marathon gets interest because of the design. I’ve been asked if I work for the pharmaceutical company when I wore a shirt advertising the drug...

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