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Jun 13, 2019 - Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

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Mar 5, 2018 - Goodbye Awning

. The high winds continued, as Hazel and I traveled through Nebraska, Kansas, and into New Mexico. After the loss of our television antenna, caused more by stupidity than anything else, driving 200 miles after forgetting to crank it down that morning, a stop at Camping World in Albuquerque, New Mexico was on our agenda for a $110 replacement. . Our trip was becoming a "shakedown cruise", and it was about to get more expensive. . Winds were gusting 20 or 30 miles per hour all day, sometimes from the side, making it a bit white-knuckle a...

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Feb 11, 2016 - Still in La Junta

Bill wasn't any better this morning, and he didn't even argue with me when I told him we were staying put in La Junta again tonight (a testament to how sick he is). He's got some kind of stomach bug that's giving him intense heartburn. He already had an ongoing prescription for Prylosec (necessary to offset the consequences of all the medicine he takes), so he started back on that this morning, but it takes a few days to kick in. All he’s eaten since yesterday morning is a piece of toast for lunch today, and even it bothered him. He hasn't...

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Feb 10, 2016 - La Junta, CO

We left the house at about 1pm, heading south on I-25. The weather today was perfect: mid-60’s and sunny. Bill woke up not feeling well this morning, but he refused to stay home another day, saying he can be miserable anywhere. We turned east onto Highway 50 at Pueblo, and landed in La Junta at around 5pm. He wouldn't eat any lunch or supper (which is extremely rare for our family), and is laying under a blanket in the recliner right now with Bubba. It's a stomach thing, so I'm hoping it doesn't last long (I'm also hoping I don't get it)....

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Oct 6, 2014 - Colorful Colorado

We started out today on I-70 and had intended on not making any "sightseeing" stops because I wanted to make up some of the distance we lost yesterday. After looking at my Roadside Attraction app, we couldn't pass up a city that bills itself as "The Christmas City of the High Plains", so we left the interstate to visit WaKeeney, KS. Since 1950, WaKeeney has hosted an ornate civic Christmas lighting display that includes over 6,000 lights and a 35-foot man-made Christmas tree covering a four block area in the center of town. We were a little...

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Trip Journal

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Sep 3, 2014 - Bent's Old Fort Nat. Historic Site

/// Bent’s Old Fort Historic Site LaJunta, CO Wednesday – September 3, 2014 High Temperature: 103 degrees (New Record) Low Temperature: 63 degrees Day Trip: Bent’s Old Fort Historic Site We left the RV campground by 9:00 am for the 40 mile drive west on US 50. This section of US 50 is designated a Scenic Byway. The designation was lost on me. I’m having a hard time appreciating this part of Colorado. Arriving at Bent’s Old Fort Historic Site we watched a short video on the history of the fort/trading post then took a self guided tour. The...

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Apr 26, 2014 - La Junta, CO - A Long Drive Through NM

140426 (Ron Writing) We left Gallup, NM at 8 AM – a very early start by our standards! We had a long day of driving today, first continuing east on I-40 to Albuquerque, NM and then heading northeast on I-25 to the New Mexico, Colorado border at Raton Pass. A few miles later we headed northeast on US 350. Hwy 350 is a very lonely highway through many abandoned towns and widely scattered ranches. It is marked on the map as a scenic drive and it was vary nice but not nearly as scenic as many other drives we’ve taken. It crosses the Comanche...

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Apr 29, 2013 - La Junta, CO

Josh picked the 2007 Columbia Crest cabernet for dinner last night. Was very good and went well with the flat iron steak. Today is a work day so I was up at 6:30 to work out at the gym before we left. We packed up our food, clothing etc. and were on the road by 9:00. Another warm, beautiful day. We are going to the Great Sand Dunes National Park which really is NOT on the way to anything else in particular. However, it is a very unique environment with incredible sand dunes, high desert, wetlands and mountain alpines. We took CO 25 south...

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Oct 17, 2012 - Bent's Old Fort

A great stop! It was a trading post (the first in this part of the USA). It eventually rotted away but a engineer of that time period had drawn exact size and dimensions of the fort and the National Park Service went in and recreated everything to the exact duplication. It was a great find and stop for a passport stamp. We have passed this fort on highway 50 many times this time we took the time to visit it. This will also mark the end of the road trip. Hope everyone enjoyed seeing my photos and hearing about all that happened.

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Sep 6, 2012 - Time to get outa Dodge

We left Dodge City this morning on the Santa Fe Trail. Since we would be traveling along the trail all the way to our overnight stop in La Junta, CO, I wanted to try one more time to see the trails still left in the prairie by the wagon trains. We stopped at a place called Charlie’s Ruts. As I was walking over to the gate in the fence to walk out to the ruts, 2 guys from California were walking back and one of gave one of those shoulder shrugs that says he couldn’t see the ruts. As I said yesterday, I guess you have to use your imagination....

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May 8, 2009 - Heading to Colorado

Miles Today: 337 Day: 8 Total Miles: 1038 We had a bad storm come through Hutchinson, KS at about 3:30am this morning. A lot of rain, thunder, and wind. While in Kansas, I worry a little more about storms, but it ended about day light without any problems. We all lost some sleep over it though. They had a “Hitch-Up” breakfast this morning so that everyone could tell their new and old friends good-bye. About 9am, Don & Alice Faye, Bill & Cheryl, and Bonita and I left Hutchinson, KS with our caravan headed west. It was very windy driving all...

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Oct 17, 2008 - Trying to follow the sun and warmth!

Left Brighten after celebrating Ben's 10th birthday with a new 21 speed bicycle and banana cream pie. Grandma cried when leaving. Gonna miss those little boys that are growing so FAST! We spent one night in Limon CO at a KOA and then headed south on Hwy 71 to La Junta. This is cattle country. Lots of steak on the hoof. We even saw some Texas longhorns out on the prairie. They also grow a lot of feed corn in amongst the yuccas and choyas. We'll be heading east from here along the Arkansas River, a muddy looking body of water! Our plan is to...

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