Days Inn Council Bluffs, IA 9th Avenue
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Another day of good weather, 691 kms covered and two more states, Illinois and Iowa, are behind us.
The boys are really taking to this travelling lifestyle.
This was just a 2 night stopover in Omaha. We spent the day buying Christmas presents for Julie, her family, and her extended family who we would be spending our first White Christmas with. After travelling for 6 months without being able to but anything a little retail therapy was quite fun. Hours were spent finding just the right gifts for each person. Our friend of 25 years (Julie) picked us up and then in was a 3 hour drive to Loup City, ...
Sunday sees us tackling the most travelled peak in Colorado, Pikes Peak. At just over 14,000ft (3890m) up we go through the Forest Service toll gates and onwards to the peak which gives magnificent views out over the plains below. Then we set the navman to Aspen, via Buens Vista and the Arkansas River. We stop at the Gunsmoke Roadhouse for lunch before travelling through some of the ...
... lots of mosaics and gilt. I was impressed.
Just past that we drove past a chapel like the one in Arkansas I want to see. We took the next exit and found our way to the Holy Family Shrine. Simple and elegant.
Then on to the Mormon trail center in Florence where Winter Quarters was. I was not as impressed, or maybe I've seen too many that look very similar. But it was good ...
... br> We ended up leaving on Monday the 14th at 3:20 (it ended up being 3:30 when we circled around a couple of blocks to go back home and pick up Allison's phone charger). We got a late start, would have liked to have left earlier but it is what it is. Thank you HUGE to Eric and Kara for helping us pack on Sunday, I don't know if we would have left on Monday had you not come to assist us. And thanks to Matt who helped Monday to drag all the ...