We took the road east towards Colorado Springs visiting Stewart’s sister Marian and her husband Jim. This was a lovely family week, just relaxing at home, chatting and catching up with J and M’s adult ‘kids’, Anita and Mark. Troopy had a ‘sleepover’ at the mechanics for some timely maintenance while we rested and his status has been elevated to ‘celebrity’ according to the mechanics who did the work on him and visitors to the workshop during the day.
Colorado Springs sits on the eastern slopes of a snow-capped mountain range and the buildings, cars and houses leave no doubt that it is a well to do city that provides a myriad of outdoor enthusiast activities for locals and visitors alike. This ‘Outdoor store’ was a cross between a NorthFace shop and an amusement park!
The climate is dry. It rains in summer and snows in winter and apparently Colorado has 300 days of sunshine a year, making it just perfect for outdoor pursuits. According to locals, Pike’s Peak, just out of town, is the most visited Mountain in the USA and also has the best donuts in the world due to the rarefied air in which they are made! The drive up was stunning but snow the night before prevented us from reaching the top and trying out the donuts!
Driving up Pike Peak, the guy in the cross between a grader and a truck told us to wait until the road was cleared. Just in case we wanted to go on, the blue and orange monster came around the corner – we decided to stop!
It was certainly a pretty drive – and very popular!