Friday, October 27, 2017

Our Day Five Route

Where Are We Today
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Our Route Day Five
Waking up this morning to clear skies, no wind but a chilly 15F, we read a few blogs, ate breakfast, showered and packed up. Before hooking up, I drove down the road a 1/4 of a mile and fueled up. Wasn't long and we were hitched and "On Our Way" by 8:35 a.m. M/T.

Getting fuel first thing

By 9:30a.m. we could see the mountains on the horizon and by 10: 35 a.m. we had climbed to 7521 ft into Denver Co. Hwy I 76 ended ( my rating for this hwy today is a 7.5 out of 10) and we were now on Hwy I 70 climbing into the mountains topping out at 11063 ft before starting the long road down. There were some long 7% downgrade where trucks had to use low gear and travel at no more than 45 mph. There were three tunnels thru the mountains, one of them being 1.6 miles long and magnificent scenery.
We were needing fuel, and there are no large truck stops to pull into. Took a chance and got off at Silverthorne and finally found a spot I could get into, barely, and got fuel. For a few minutes, I thought I was going to have to drop the trailer and go to a station to fuel up.

Beautiful scenery

Eisenhower Tunnel

1.6 miles long

Light at the end of the tunnel

More scenery

Back on the road again we found a REST AREA a hour or so later where we stopped for lunch. Continuing on to our destination of Grand Junction we spotted a State Park, James M Robb River Islands, and decided to stay here for the night. It is about 25 miles before Grand Junction, a nice park with great camp sites with full hook ups and scenery, while worth the $35.00 for the night.

James M Robb State Park

 All around us

Our SiteCo.  
So, that is where we are as I write this post, a beautiful spot at 4938 ft and 64 F. I think we picked a good year, and days to take this route. We were so lucky that by the time we got into the mountains at Denver, that the little skiff of snow they received over night was gone and the roads were dry.
One last thing, my rating for Hwy I 70 for today is a 8 out of 10.

Until the next time, take care and be safe. Love to read your comments. For more on our day, be sure to read Pat's blog.  


  1. Really appreciate your maps Bill. Don't have to go check Google Maps to find you.

    1. Thanks Stew, they help us to remember where we have been also.

  2. Looks like you two picked a beautiful spot to spend the night. Continued safe travels.

  3. I really likes your blog! You have shared the whole concept really well and very beautifully soulful read!
    Thanks for sharing

  4. Glad you made it safely over the mountains there and you did well with the weather as well, Now to enjoy some National Parks. If you go to a few the yearly pass is a good idea.

  5. Thanks George, we are looking forward to some great scenery.

  6. Thank you, I am happy that you enjoy reading it.

  7. Take some time in Utah. So beautiful!