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... Cities: Colorado Springs and Denver
Statehood: August 1, 1876
State Motto: Nil Sine Numine-Nothing without providence
State Flower: Rocky Mountain Columbine
State Bird: Lark Bunting
5 Significant features: Pikes Peak, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Denver, Roaring Fork River and Yampa River
Current Population: 5,268,367
Square Miles: 104,100 ...
... to I-70 to Grand Junction, CO. Then it is US-50 all the way to Dodge City, KS. It is a little over 900 miles.
We found a beautiful Federal campground on a reservoir lake for the first night .
http://www.nps.gov/cure/planyourvisit/m aps.htm we stayed at Lake Fork campground. A nice paved pull through site, easy in and easy out, and with a storm coming in how can you go wrong.
... 5 minutes from parking to get to it which preserves the frontier feel nicely. Ended the day quickly seeing Boggsville, another old settlement before settling into a rest area in Las Animas for the night. Sleep disturbed by lawn sprinklers, the morning routine even more disturbed by lots of mosquitoes. Today's ride in up to 99 degree heat was foreshortened by strong cross winds over the most ...
... once again appreciating how active this town was between 1800 and 1860 as a major passing point on the Santa Fe Trail. At this geographic point the trail and town were near a very large stand of ancient cottonwood trees bordering the Arkansas river. This stand of trees was completely logged by the end of the 19th century and by then the railroads were bringing settlers west not the S F ...
... reaching slaughter house. These smell absolutely terrible and I find very hard to see in person. I don't eat red meat, and don't plan to ever start again after having seen the conditions these poor cows are in. We made it through some headwinds and lunch, eventually hitting Colorado state border. For most of our group, this was pivotal. When we left NC, Colorado seemed like the intangible place we would never reach, ...