Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017 CROSS-COUNTRY ROAD TRIP - 5-7-17 - PARACHUTE, COLORADO TO GOODLANDS, KANSAS

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Odometer: 54365

Leaving our hotel in Parachute at 9.20 a.m., a late start today.

I have been interested in all these unusual names of town around here.  When we reached Parachute I decided to do an online search to see how they got them.  

I read the following from this link.  

"According to the Maxine Benson book, "1001 Colorado Place Names", Parachute gets its name from the shape of a creek when viewed from up high, or from hunters on the cliffs above who said, 'We need a parachute to get down there!'"



The town also has a Parachute Mountain, so maybe that is where those hunters were.  Not sure if I captured it in the above photo though.



It was 60 degrees F. this morning.  Lovely and refreshing after the desert heat.  Gregg and I are both feeling a bit heady.  We think it is the altitude.



These interesting sculptures were on a roundabout as we drove off the freeway to stop for gas.  


It is 800 miles to Kansas City. 

Next town we past was West Rifle, and then Rifle.   There is a state park called Rifle Gap


10:29 a.m. we stopped in Rifle for our McDonald's breakfast. I had an oatmeal and Gregg his biscuit. Then off to Walmart where we bought water and snacks.  Gregg surprised me by buying dried Edamame instead of potato chips. They were pretty good. 


Rifle, according to the link above, was named "when a soldier left his gun along a creek and returned at night and found it still there."



Driving through the Rockies, 6,000 feet up.  Glorious scenery. 

We are passing names like South Canyon, Red MountainGlenwood Springs and Aspen.  Also saw a sign for Hanging Lake at 10.59 a.m., and just left the White River National Forest

Other names, Dotsero and there was an Eagle County welcome sign at 11.05 a.m. 



11.14 a.m. We stopped so that Gregg could check the tire pressure as the light came on again.  Gregg is again wondering about altitude.  They were fine.

Saw Trail Gulch Road and Sylvan Lake State Park

11.46 a.m. and we are in a ski area.  Snow capped mountains in the distance.  Not much snow in this ski area.



Passed by Ski Cooper and now passing through Vail, 8,150 feet. We have been coming down. Gregg says we must have been almost two miles up. No wonder our heads are fuzzy. 



Two motorcycles went by, man and a woman. They are really moving. The man was carrying a bicycle on the back of his motorcycle. 




White River National Forest. There is snow up here. Window open to take photos. It is COLD! We have the heat on. We are a long way from Yuma!  

12.12 p.m. and we are at 10,600 feet.



Raining a little, hope it's not snow!

Officers GulchFriscoBreckinridge.  It is a ski area. 






Sign:  "Lost your breaks?  Don't exit at I-70."


We are seeing signs for gold mine tours. 






1.32 p.m. driving on the outskirts of Denver now.  We see the city skyline in the distance from the freeway.  It was not a good photo so I am giving you the Puppy Chow structure instead.




1.51 p.m. Saw another burned out shell of a car.  It must have happened quite a while ago as there was no smoke, looked like the metal was cold.  We saw the police car lights flashing first.  He was standing with a man several yards from the car, whose face from the few seconds I saw it, appeared quite calm, even smiling with the officer.  I thought they were maybe waiting for a tow truck.  Strange to see evidence of two of these car fires, one a raging inferno, and now this.

2.50 p.m. and we are leaving the High Plains Diner in Bennett, Colorado.  The link is to their Facebook page.  I cannot for the life of me remember what we had now as I took no photos.  I know it wasn't a burger!

Gregg went into Family Dollar next door for water.  They were having a competition to see who could sell the most M & M's, so he bought a couple of packets and we snacked on them until we reached the hotel.

4.40 p.m. We booked the hotel in Goodland, Kansas. We should be in Kansas in two or three miles. This part of the journey has been through miles and miles and miles of farmland. 

We have seen more wind turbines.


4.45 p.m. we have just passed the sign that said "Leaving Colorful Colorado"....



and shortly thereafter we passed the sign saying we were in Kansas.




Still going through farmland.


5.08 p.m. we have just reached our hotel and are in the room already.






24 comments:

  1. Hi Denise and another really interesting post, some wonderful countryside to view and then you are up in the snow, not many days before you were cooking. Enjoy the rest of your trip. All the best. John

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    1. Thank you John, all the best to you too :) Denise

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  2. I smiled when I saw the motorcycle carrying a bicycle. I saved a copy of that picture to,share with my motorcycle riding friends. I will reference your blog, as where am obtained the picture.

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    1. Hi Linda, I thought you might enjoy that :) Happy for you to share it with your friends, thank you!

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  3. Wow, I love this post! First, the Tepee downtown. Also the close up of the motorcycle with all the rows of pine trees in front. Then those cabins in the woods. Wonder if there is really dog food in those silos, or it is just an advertisement posted there. Glad you never got worse then a little lightheaded!

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    1. Thanks Ginny, that is actually the Puppy Chow company. We used to have a relative who worked with the company in Denver.

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  4. Such a radically different landscape by day's end! Terrific shots!

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    1. Thank you William, it was fascinating to me to see those changes as we moved from state to state.

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  5. I'm hoping it was 5:08 PM that you made it to your hotel. You have documented your road trip well. It will be nice for you to revisit. The big skies are nice to see.

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    1. Thank you Ellen, I enjoy writing about our trip and it is always fun to revisit them.

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  6. Incredible scenery.
    A bicycle on a motor bike is something I have never seen.

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  7. McDonald's looks pretty much the same here in Montreal as in your photo, Denise. Beautiful views, and the sculptures are lovely!

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    1. Probably all over Linda :) Thank you!

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  8. The name Parachute is intriguing. I always think there are some strange place names in the US but realise they must actually mean something.

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    1. Thanks Valerie, it is always interesting to find the story behind the name :)

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  9. Hello, I love the views of the Colorado mountains. The motorbike carrying the bicycle is different. The sculptures are cool too. Kansas would be a new state for me, I have only visited Colorado and states further west. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

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    1. Thank you Eileen and the same to you. You have been to a lot of places and I always enjoy your travels.

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  10. I love the mountain views...you captured them beautifully. Beautiful sculpture at the roundabout. Love the snow covered mountains. Have a beautiful weekend!

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    1. Thank you Nancy, I am very happy you enjoyed my post. Have a beautiful weekend also :)

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  11. Beautiful photos and I love to see snow so long as I am not in it:-)
    Thant roundabout is fantastic, must be ranching country.
    Have a good day Diane

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    1. Hi Diane, thank you so much. The snow was real pretty and we soon passed through it.

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  12. Big changes in your scenery this day.

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    1. It was always fun to see those changes.

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