Saturday, June 23, 2007

Rocky Mountain National Park

This post is being wrtten two days late, so it will be short. Today we did Rocky Mountain National Park, northwest of Denver.

On the way we stopped at a Home Depot and bought a new bulb for Gary's Motolight. They had one and it was changed in the parking lot. No problem to deal with it.

All in all, I was disappointed in RMNP. It was pretty, and lots of beautiful scenery, but I think it was a case of my expectations being too high. Bear Lake was beautiful--clear water fed by melting snows.

Road construction on the main road was a pain. We sat in one place for half an hour, waiting for our turn to ride. Paving during the tourist time of the year doesn't make sense, but that's what was going on.

Went through one pass at 12,110 feet-cool and pretty.

Like I said, it was nice, but not wonderful.

Saw several Elk near one of the summits, and another single Elk, but just barely. It was several hundred yards away, so we couldn't see much detail. Also saw a large herd of mule deer at one other location.

Having left the park, we rode to Steamboat Springs, Co.

In Steamboat Springs, we rode through town looking for a place to stay. We decided to check out the Western Motel. The owner greeted us and we learned immediately that he was a character. He kidded with us, telling us that one of the house rules was that we couldn't let any girlfriends into the room! That was no problem. He was originally from Switzerland but moved there in 1969 and has owned the motel for 17 years. A nice guy who loves to kid with folks.

The room was adequate. No Internet, but all of the usual things in a motel room. Not bad at all.

295 miles today.

That's it!

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