450 miles of interstate, SLC to Denver

Trip Start May 01, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Cheif Hosa Campground

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

We left SLC and decided that the most sensible route back across the rockies to Denver was to use I-70. 400miles of interstate, the only non interstate route is route 40 which has many high passes and would have taken us at least 2 days to get across, it normally takes 8-9 hours on I-70. We got caught in our first major delay on this road we lost over 2 hours because of an accident. On the steep hills 6% & 8% the traffic was so backed up the trucks started to breakdown with the stress, then the regular cars were over heating and people were stupidly burning out their clutches with the stop start on the steep grades... it ended up being a slalom course around broken down vehicles!!!  Thankfully the Beast did us proud and hauled the Eagle with no worries at all!

We did not make it to our chosen campground but stopped at about 930pm at a place called Chief Hosa Lodge, turns out it was the first motor campground in the US in 1918. The Lodge is an old stage coach stop from the 1800's.

We spent Thursday in downtown Denver walking the streets including Larimer square. We had arranged to have dinner with Kent and Liz, Kent worked with us in Abu Dhabi for a while before returning to Denver. Liz cooked a great meal for us and Kent took both of us for a short spin on his new Victory motorcycle.

Friday we headed to Rocky Mountain National Park http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Mountain_National_Park 
In Rocky Mountain National Park is a road called Trail Ridge Road http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trail_Ridge_Road which is the highest paved road in the USA at 12100ft (3700m)! We have now been to both the highest (Trail Ridge Road) and lowest (Death Valley) points assessable by car in America!

Saturday we spent in downtown Denver again exploring (mostly coffee shops and bars!). As the Democratic National Convention is being held this week in Denver we went to one of the "kick off" parties in the evening. It was fun and interesting....... One of the DJ's from One Mighty Party was playing.

Sunday, Kent and Liz very kindly invited us to their home for brunch (Thanks again guys!) with Mimosas and everything! We tried to walk it of by visiting Red Rocks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Rocks but it was closed to the public as they were setting up for a big show for the DNC, Michelle Obama was speaking, we heard Sheryl Crow doing sound checks for her performance. We were able to get some photos of the amphitheater but not get inside. That evening we had dinner with some other friends of ours from Denver, Bruce and Janice, who took us to a great little Thai place, after just getting into town from Nebraska!

We have had a great time in Denver but it is time to move on!!

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a2taylor on

Miss you
Wish I were in Colorado with you! It is one of my favorite places...

brittharris on

I finally am all caught up with your escapades!
Now I cannot decide which place I like the best, everything looks interesting and you've seen alot of beautiful places - keep on trucking and posting great pics!! Brittany leaves on Friday for her Semester at Sea, so I have convinced her of how great your travel blog is so, she's going to do one as well, I will send you the link so you can keep up with her on her round the world trip!! Love, Donna

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