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Trip Start Mar 01, 2007
48Trip End Feb 29, 2008
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We dropped off the car at Denver airport & had to travel 30 miles to go & collect the RV, Helen & Les were due to arrive, as we were trying to pull into the 3rd car park (rest were too low) we got the dreaded text saying 5 hour delay (lovely).....it is surprising how many times you can walk around a large airport in 5 hours !
Fair to say that Kim & Helen didn't stop to take a breathe for several hours catching up..... but we couldn't wait, the journey had to start !! first stop was Rocky mountain NP, we were there on 4th July....(Kims dads birthday) Estes park nearby.......packed or what, but at least there were fireworks.
Driving over the 14000 ft summit pass in an RV with sheer drops was fantastic but excruitiating as Kim can't stand hieghts, so Colin of course wanted to find every ledge to stop on..... but it was fun to watch kids playing with snow at the top & Colin trying to Lassoo a wooden cow in a 1920's Dude ranch, his excuse was there was no call for this in England !!
Won't bore you with the specifics too much of the rest of the journey, other than to say we were pretty exhausted at the end........a couple of things worth commenting on, we got caught in a thunderstorm while at a rodeo near Yellowstone in Montana....we were the only people to walk to the show (told by the RV camp site staff where we were staying only 5 minutes walk) well, the 20 mins there was ok until the heavens opened up half way through the rodeo, the make shift canopy roof we paid $5 each extra to be under split and we all got soaked anyway, and then at the end, we had the 20 mins walk back in the pouring rain.
We were all confused about Mount Rushmore, the Americans we met treated this place more as a shrine, the evening show started with the pledge of allegiance, followed by "god bless america" and ended with the war veterans up on stage to applause with the National anthem at the end....seemed way over the top to an apethetic Englishman, but it seemed to us that there is a fine line between patriotism & nationalism.....not sure which this was.
Anyway, the 3 weeks flew by & Helen & Les went home, we all managed to hold back the tears (well almost) and we move on again to the next stage of our journey around the USA.....LOVING IT.