Blue Spruce Motel
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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.
... over which I have ridden. We landed in Sheridan Lake and am able to write this in an A/C building with free lemonade, kitchen and coffee. Very gracious, informative and no attempts so far to initiate spiritual conversations. Our worst accommodations so far have been two KOAs. We decided their letters stand for "Know Other Alternatives". Tomorrow has a forecast for tailwind, a great way to enter ...
... 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 ...
... from Kansas (you're welcome). It was frankly a sad sight with a horrendous stench (just to make things worse), but luckily we had the distraction of a team crossword puzzle filled with our teammates secrets to keep us busy. Other mentionables? 1) the two of us laughing so hard we couldn't breathe over a rodent sized dog that scared the **** out of me. 2) finding a buffalo statue to sit on and watching ...