Thursday, August 26, 2010

Day 52 Summer 2010 Park to Park Road Trip.

Today we will drive from Gunnison Colorado to Colorado Springs Colorado. A distance of about 300 KM.
We only took 56 photos today, far short from our usual 300 plus photos per day. The scenery is less spectacular, so I think this accounts for the drop in photos. Here are some of the photos that we took today.
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The road we are travelling on has a 7% grade, feels like we are running level compared to that 16% grade a few days ago. There is a runaway truck lane ahead just in case a truckers brakes fail.
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We are now driving on the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway… Here are more scenery photos as we drive along.
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Our original plan for this afternoon was to go for a ride on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, however when we arrived, the driving in the area around the railway station was a zoo, everyone was jostling for the few parking spots that there were and boarding time was 20 minutes away. It just all seemed too overwhelming to me, and I just wanted to get away from the madness. We will have to do further research and plan to come back for a ride in a less busy season.
We then went to visit and drive through the Garden of the Gods. This is a little park in Colorado Springs. We stopped at the visitor center to buy some postcards.
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We saw Balanced Rock.
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And a few other rockscapes.
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But I guess to my eye and after seeing Monument Valley, Mexican Hat, Yosemite NP, Zion NP, Yellowstone NP… etc… I know it is unfair to compare those National Parks to this city park, but I was quickly losing interest and after making a wrong turn and not knowing which road to follow, we gave up and headed for our hotel in Colorado Springs CO.
We will be leaving Colorado in a couple of days and continuing our return Eastward towards home. We will be leaving the beauty of Utah, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado behind us. As we travel East from here we won’t see much beauty in the landscape unless you like the flat prairies of Kansas and certainly after we cross over the Mississippi, we will be into all that urban sprawl of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ontario. We have made lots of notes and written down lots of places to return to, things to do and see on our next vacation to this part of the USA.
To see all of our photos from today, you can find them on my FLICKR site.

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