2014 Trip Four, May 7, The Southwest

Durango CO Wednesday May 7

Pike's Peak viewed from west of Limon CO

Pike’s Peak viewed from west of Limon CO

We have returned to the mountains. We got an early start today since most of the driving was on two lane roads. The road from Limon to Colorado Springs begins in ranching area and soon reaches the ‘burbs. Our first glimpse of Pikes Peak came along this road.

Driving along I-25

Driving along I-25

A quick drive down I-25 with its gusty winds brought us to Walsenburg. Along the way, I-25 is edged with tall mountains on the west side, making the drive quite scenic. The weather cooperated on this stretch, with sunny skies. We will be returning to Pueblo and Colorado Springs at the back end of this trip and will spend several days here.

Driving to Alamosa

Driving to Alamosa

Walsenburg began our drive along US 160. For the first half of the drive, the road is in the valley with mountain ranges north and south. The Sangre de Christo mountains to the north were particularly attractive. We had lunch at a local brewpub in Alamosa.

Along San Juan river driving to Durango

Along San Juan river driving to Durango

Past Alamosa, the drive is in the mountains. The clouds gathered, the temperatures dropped, and we experienced a few brief snow showers. The road was still wide, though, and not nerve-wracking.

In the San Juan Mountains on the way to Durango

In the San Juan Mountains on the way to Durango

We arrived in Durango around 4 pm and plan to do some laundry before being on the houseboat for 7 nights. Tomorrow’s drive will be through mountains and desert. We need to be in Page AZ in plenty of time to finalize the houseboat paperwork.

Ed and Chris 6:50 pm

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