Kremmling, Colorado to Denver, Colorado
Miles Driven Today:
193 miles
Total Miles of Trip:  
5,404 miles
Hours on the Road:  
9:00 hours
Started At:  
9:00 am
Stopped for the Day:  
6:00 pm
    I wish I had written this after we made it across Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Or after we had driven through Big Thompson Canyon on the east side of Estes Park.  It was a great morning, sunny (cold, of course) and very blue sky.  We left Kremmling and drove to Grand Lake, a huge, very blue lake at the west entrance to the park.  I know I've been there before but had forgotten how large and pretty it is.  The drive over Trail Ridge Road takes you over the 10,758 ft Milner Pass, the 11,796 ft Fall River Pass, and the highest point on the road (which doesn't seem to have a name) at 12,183 ft.  These are the tallest mountains we've driven on this trip and I've always been very frightened in this part of the Rockies.  I had hoped that my recent experience in mountain driving would keep me from being so afraid this time but no.  But if you haven't been here, don't let me keep you from coming.  This is one of the most beautiful roads in the country and worth a little trembling.  But don't do it in a motorhome.
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Runs great...
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Runs great...
      ....Drive it home.
Big Thompson Canyon east of Rocky Mountain National Park
Day 53 - Sunday, August 15, 2010
Getting to Anchorage
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    On the east side of the park is the very touristy town of Estes Park.  Very cute, filled with things people really don't need.  We had lunch and set out through Big Thompson Canyon.  If you don't do anything but drive it one way and turn around and come back, drive through this canyon at some point in your life.  This canyon has all the good stuff - sparkling river with rapids, high craggy walls, twists and turns to keep your attention, and a good road (no gravel).
    As I said, I wish I could have written this after we came through Big Thompson.  Then I could have said our day was terrific.  However, you may recall that we intended to drive into Denver to see some of my family.  There are no pictures of this part of our drive.  Suffice it to say that I had to promise Ben that I would NEVER ask him to drive me into Denver in a Model T again.  He says that he may NEVER drive into Denver in a modern car again either!  (My apologies to the people of Denver who think this is a perfectly delightful place to live but they are wrong.)
    We did get to see my family tonight - my sister Judi and her adult children Wendy and Charlie and their families, and my niece Tracy.  It was a great dinner, all 11 of us at a nearby Chili's and, afterwards, Ben gave the children a ride in our Model T.  Tomorrow, we set out on our way home.  From here on, it will be flat, hot, and probably not as pretty.  Ben wants to try for 300 miles per day.  I don't. We'll let you know.
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Near the summit of the Fall River Pass and the Alpine Visitors
The view from the Alpine Visitors  Center, about 1/3 of the way
The view from the top of the world.
Ben hiked a rocky path nearly 1/4 mile  to get close enough to
A grassy meadow near the east entrance  of Rocky Mountain Natio
Nancy and Marian Rose at the  Big Thompson River.