Thursday, April 24, 2014

Santa Fe to Colorado Springs Adventures

Our travel from Santa Fe to Colorado Springs wasn't without excitement. We left early enough to miss the wind advisory for New Mexico. I started out and drove to Las Vega, where we took on fuel. Our MPG has exceeded over 7 MPG even in the mountain’s.

While we were fillin up, Della said she wanted to start driving again.

We both veto her drivin. The last time she drove, the cost was over $2000.

Susan took over driving, she’s getting better at driving the mountain passes. Raton Pass is  over 7000 Ft elevation, she took it like a trucker. Downshifting when necessary, watching the temp gauge, along with worrying about the road construction. This is the 2nd time she has driven Raton Pass. She mentioned something about next time it’s my turn. But I am a believer that once trained, that’s the go-to-person.

We switched drivers around Trinidad and noticed the winds were picking up, however wasn’t too windy, so off we went.

The road between Trinidad and Pueblo seems nice, but looks can be deceiving. Spied signs warning “Gusty Winds next 10 miles”. Well the sign did not really tell the whole story………………….Gusty Winds! They forgot to tell you they were cross winds, which makes driving harder and then add to that winds gusting up to 40 mph …… It was due to these winds that we were forced over a few times to check everything on the outside of the rig. Making sure everything was tightened down. Climbing up on the roof, with the winds. Well I am glad Susan was on the ground ready to catch me on the 2nd  bounce if needed. Definitely this was a Kodak moment.

We arrived safe and sound at the Elks Lodge 309 in Colorado Springs around 3 pm, got settled in, signed into the lodge and relaxed for the evening. Susan has decided that we need to do a better job of reporting on the different Elks lodges we stayed at.

Thursday got us out and moving around town.  Many changes since I lived here in the late 70’s. At that time this was truly God’s country, except for economics. Enough said on that. Nonetheless a trip thru Garden of the Gods is always worth the drive.
Trip thru Garden of the Gods

Once we left Garden of the Gods, it was off to Manitou Springs, where I knew some people that once owned a custom furniture business. Wanted to check out the area, see what the changes were.
Manitou springs co
1891 Building

As we got ready to leave Manitou Springs, we spied this traveling singer on the sidewalk.

We have now opened a Da Girls Blog Complaint Dept. in case you need to complain about anything or everything…..Ha Ha

Safe Travels and Journeys 
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Susan, Dale, Della & Tilly