On the road from Colorado to Michigan - 2008 . . .
on our route
from the Pacific Northwest


Updated: 11/30/08


Colorado . . .   

Kansas and miscellaneous photographs on the way home.


Colorado . . .

a f1013utco rd_133 co sign_1.jpg (32625 bytes)We were basically driving straight through Colorado. However, we hoped to connect with some friends on our way. We did not make prior commitments, planning to contact them a day or two ahead.






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This bench was at the welcome center in Fruita just 19 miles into Colorado.



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Maybe because we live in a metropolitan area of flat terrain, we appreciate the rivers and mountains of the West. So, we have a fascination with the related dams, tunnels and other features we do not see regularly.



The Colorado River . . .








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At West Glenwood Spring rest area, the Colorado River was moving fast.




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We found the highway elevated up the side of the mountain at various heights and using various methods to reduce rock removal interesting. 


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The valley shared the space with the Colorado River.







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This elevated part of the highway had its own personal tunnel.


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It was a beautiful drive.




A passenger train was passing through the valley.







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Location, location, location . . .





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Karen and Steve are long-time friends from our church. When we called them, they were returning from a trip to California. They caught up with us a couple miles from their home. 


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We had heard that their daughter Trish had come to visit at the same time. As we drove into their complex, she was walking her dog.

 Steve prepared a great dinner. We had a nice visit.




a f1015 co rd _100 frost on ram_1.JPG (45562 bytes)Their house is in the mountains. We spend the night in a parking lot in their complex.  When we got up the next morning, the frost was on the 'pumpkin' . . . aka: 'truck'.







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Driving by Vail, we saw a mix of multiple and single homes, located in clusters and on hillsides and on mountain ridges.

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Construction was heavy in Vail.            



The snow was nearby, not just in the distance, as we drove over Vail Pass.


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This tunnel appear to be used occasionally for traffic going the opposite direction - green arrows and red Xs marked the lanes.


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A cable car . . .















a f1015 co rd _395 unicyclist_1.jpg (59206 bytes)We often see bicycles on the road.     

Unicycles are not as popular.    









Gene and Karen are HitchHiker owner friends we have toured with and see frequently at HitchHiker rallies. They live a short distance for US 285 and agreed to meet us in  Morrison for lunch. As the rally in Texas was cancelled this year due to the hurricane, we were glad to see them.











After lunch, it was obvious we were traveling on mostly flat land.
The mountains were behind us.

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Wind generator blades and a tower section were on the move.



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A short distance down I-70, we were going to be close to another HitchHiker couple we see regularly at HitchHiker rallies. Bill and Rita were one of the couples we met at the first HitchHiker rally we attended.

We met them for lunch at our overnight location - a Flying-J near Limon. It was nice seeing them again.


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Cowboys wearing black hats
are seated behind Rita.





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It didn't take long to reach the state line
only 77 miles down the road.



Kansas and miscellaneous photographs on the way home.



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Too bad we don't drink coffee.








Some of the terrain was not totally flat - most of it was flat like a table top.

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There was a lot of standing water in the fields. A campground owner told us they had  five inches in three days.











We met a guy in a campground who worked with his bother-in-law building plants that turned field corn into packaging peanuts. They are better than the Styrofoam peanuts because they are all organic.

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Fred wondered if these tires are big enough to float the HHII to Hawaii.











Someone is shipping a surprise package.

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a f 1017 wpch_109 sign_1.jpg (33280 bytes)We stopped in Ellis, KS to tour the Walter P. Chrysler boyhood home. It was a quaint little town with brick streets.

Our visit to this attraction is posted on a separate page.



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a f1017ks rd_349 cows_1.JPG (57629 bytes)We had lunch in a small cafe on the edge of town. A group of local men were sitting at a large table across the room. As they were checking out, Fred noticed that each man has a pair of pliers in a leather sheath on their belt. He asked one of the men if the pliers were for fence repair. The guy responded, no, its just a farmer thing.

The cows were wondering where the city folks came from. > > >    





a f1017ks rd_356 deisel soot_1.jpg (24422 bytes)The pickup truck pulling the half a house was pumping out the diesel soot. He was driving hard. He passed us like we were parked. 






More soot but the reason for the photograph is the size of the wind generator compared to the box trailer. 


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More standing water . . .




e ctr_473_1.JPG (60565 bytes)a f1018ks rd_485 de mural_1.jpg (40168 bytes)We visited the Eisenhower Center in Abilene, KS as our last attraction in Kansas. 

Our visit to the Eisenhower Center is posted on a separate page.






Back on I-70 East . . .

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Missouri . . .



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This is the only operating Stuckey's we saw. All the others were abandoned or converted to another business use.

It looks like a Dairy Queen - maybe, somebody assumed the name.








We crossed the Missouri River on our way East.





The sun was setting as we headed into St Louis, MO.




The sky was pretty as we crossed the Mississippi River.






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We found a spot to park for the night at a rest area in Illinois just East of St. Louis, MO. We we up early enough to see the sunrise.













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Heading home for us usually includes a stop-over to see our family in Southern Indiana. 




  You never know what you'll see parked beside the road.




Looking at the Cincinnati skyline from Kentucky.





a f1026tosh_131 mi sign_1.jpg (38242 bytes) We are really headed home now. 




Detroit skyline, getting closer . . .




The HHII in position for unloading.

No. They weren't that clean after our trip. We washed them at Fred and Becky's.



We were on the road a little over fourteen weeks, traveling 10,307 miles. But, no matter how much we enjoyed our Pacific Northwest journey, it is always nice to be home. 




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