On Friday morning we headed west towards Colorado Springs, from where we are in IL the quick way was across I-70 is through Missouri, Kansas into Colorado, a trip we've done many times over the last 30 years. Our plan was to overnight in Odessa MO and then somewhere in western Kansas. As is normal for us while pulling the 5th wheel we continually monitor our tire pressure. While going through St Louis MO one of the tires started to heat up, we made it to the MO welcome center on the west side of St Louis. Dave was looking under the rv and saw where the cam plate (it's an adjustment plate to align the axles) was missing including all its bolts, not a good thing. This allowed the spring to release itself on one side. We tried calling a few local dealers but no one had the part in stock so our next call was to Lippert. They said they would put it in for overnight delivery but couldn't guarantee a Saturday delivery. Dave had talked with one of the Lippert techs about his proposed temporary fix so we could get to Odessa MO.
Saturday morning I checked my email first thing for a tracking number. I soon found out our package wouldn't be delivered until Monday sometime. A brief discussion of how we wanted to spend our unexpected time in Kansas City. Soon we were packing a few bags and getting ready hit the road to Colorado Springs. At 8am I was at the office checking to make sure we could have the same site until Wednesday morning. Once that was out of the way Dave and I climbed into the truck and drove 630 miles, arriving mid afternoon at a LaQuinta Inn in Colorado Springs. Had never been to one, it was fine for an overnight stop and quite a bit cheaper than the Hampton Inn we used to stay in. We knew Tom was working till 6pm so we looked for a place where Dave could get a good selection of beer. BJ's Brewhouse was just what he was looking for, after a wonderful dinner we took a walk while waiting for a call from Tom. Before too long it came and we headed over to see him and Krystal, when we had seen Tom in August he said he and Krystal were back together so we were anxious to see her.
We had a surprise visit from our friend Janell. We met Janell and Mark when we hosted in Cave Creek AZ, they lived there in town. Earlier this year Mark retired and they moved to Salida CO. Janell happened to be in town to see her nephew and had time to stop for a way too short visit. Thanks Janell for stopping by, can't wait to spend time with you and Mark next summer.
We had hoped to have Tom & Krystal out for a fire but Tom didn't get out early so we headed to their place that evening for another visit.
Monday Tom was off from work so we met him for breakfast with our favorite waitress. Krystal waits tables at Wade's Cafe, they serve breakfast and lunch. After eating way too much we took Tom for a ride to Bishop's Castle. We were here 4 years ago, you can certainly see progress has been happening.
This was as high as I went though the boys went higher. You can see the view from the sphere in the picture left below. Below you can see where we had been.
We had to go down one level so the boys could climb the other tower.
The view of the sphere from up above.
The very highest point you can currently reach.
They were all the way to the top of the tower to the right. This is a crazy kind of place, not all stairs go anywhere, you find things that to you don't make sense....this is someones vision and it doesn't need to make sense to anyone but him.
|Sunrise as we left Colorado|
Our park looks good but it so sad driving through town where so much devastation has happened. That's for the next post though.
Until next time...