On the road again...
Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
17Trip End Jul 27, 2012
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Nous avons finalement repris la route vers 17h pour un 7 heures de route, entierement realise par mon chum compte tenu le retour de la douleur cervicale, probablement reliee a un 4 heures de conduite consecutives… quelle deception… Merci mon homme, je sais que cela ne fut pas facile…surtout la conduite de nuit, avec les animaux sauvages qui sont toujours tentes de traverser la route. Joey a d’ailleurs vu un bobcat (lynx) marchant tout bonnement sur l’accotement…Trouver un restaurant fut aussi assez ardu, en fait, on a roule plus de 3 heures sans voir un fastfood! Pour une fois, que nous voulions manger chez McDonald, pas moyen dans trouver un! Vers minuit, nous sommes arrives a bon port. Et lors de notre reveil, nous avons appris la triste nouvelle d’Aurora, Colorado….ville pas tres loin d’ici, nos pensees sont avec les familles…
We found out that there were a few different routes that we could take on our way to Denver
We passed under some cloudy Arizona skies on our way to Mesa Verde passing by some interesting rock formations in Monument Valley. Then on the smooth 7-hour drive we encountered road construction 2 miles before hitting the Mesa Verde entrance. Then after heading in a little ways and enjoying our picnic another bit of road construction. We had to wait about 20 minutes then follow a pilot car 5 miles down the road just to wait another several minutes for more road construction! Now we were finally on to see some ancient cliff houses. First, we explored the Spruce Tree House. It’s pretty amazing how those people built communities high up inside the cliffs and essentially rock climbing to bring supplies there. We then went down the road and saw that the cliff walls were dotted with small ancient cliff communities. We got the the overlook of the cliff palace which was very much intact and well maintained to get an even better view of how those people lived. Unfortunately, considering our time constraints by this point we couldn’t do the tour. Then we went onto the Balcony House, which we couldn’t view from the road so we went on the small hike to Soda Canyon Overlook to take a look
We passed by the San Juan and Rio Grande National forests, which looked like great spots to do some hiking. Then we were getting hungry for some fast food. Considering we wouldn’t arrive until after midnight in Denver I wanted to wait until after 7 to grab some dinner. After passing Pagosa Springs I didn’t think it would be a problem to find a McDonalds or Burger King. 200 miles later…nothing. Finally we ran into a Domino’s pizza and with the help of some Red Bulls we were back on the road. Luckily, on the way we only came across a deer and a bobcat on the side of the road; no close calls. Now we’re back in Denver relaxing for a bit before a short jaunt up to Rocky Mountain National Park.