Our On The Road Journal – Page 7
7/8/2018: Today we leave on what we’ll call our “Colorado Loop” excursion. Leaving our home in northern California, we’ll visit Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. The idea is to join our good friends Doug & Karen Petersen, in Reno, NV, and head east together! We met up at Sparks Marina RV Park per plan, and started our trip off with a really great ‘Happy Hour’ early dinner at the Atlantis Hotel in Reno. (The Bistro Napa on the 2nd floor) If you haven’t tried it, this is a must! Happy Hour menu (both food and drinks) @ 50% off, 4 to 6 pm daily…Wow!
7/9/2018: We’re off to an early start (for us, I guess) headed for our stop in Elko, NV, ( 286 mi East on I-80) where we find Iron Horse RV Resort I like this park. It’s friendly, clean, and I feel good here. I’ve heard it’s a bit tight for some, and I get that, still, when I find myself in the middle of Nevada, it’s a veritable ‘oasis’.
7/10/2018: Today’s destination is fun, (we’re checking out a new park in Heber City, UT) but the trip can get long, as we head across the Bonneville Salt Flats, and thru (around, really) Salt Lake City. It’s really only 273 miles total, but you may think the salt stretch alone is 200 miles! It’s not, but….. Mountain Valley RV Resort is a top-of-the-line park. Very wide, concrete sites, manicured lawn areas, well placed utilities, etc. This park was recommended to us, and will soon be featured here on Good As It Gets RV, under Utah Parks. Note the size of our site, below:
About 20 miles West of Heber City, you’ll want to check out Park City, UT. A really neat little resort town, it’s tucked into the mountains, amidst ski jumps and the like. It’s sort of one-of-a-kind, and I think you’ll enjoy the place. We took an extra day at Heber just to see Park City.
7/12/2018: Today’s trip is 284 miles, taking I-80, then US-40, and ending in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Our Homebase here was to be Steamboat Springs KOA , but you know how plans change…First, the weather had turned pretty warm. Warm enough that the 50 amp service we requested for our 7-night stay here became kind of critical. Did I mention that the park wasn’t able to make good on that promise? Anyway plan ‘B’ was activated, and we were able to get space for the last 4 nights of our stay at Eagle Soaring RV Park , about 10 miles NW of Steamboat on US-40. Eagle Soaring is not fancy by any stretch, nor packed with amenities. They did, however, provide 50 amps of power (all three A/Cs…..yeah!) and beautiful views. And to be fair, we didn’t come to Steamboat for the RV parks, anyway. We were here to visit more good friends, to see the annual Balloon Festival, check out Steamboat, cheer our friends along at the Pickle Ball tournament, and generally have a lot of fun!
7/19/2018: Today we add a rig to our group, making our caravan 3-long, all dingy-towing! The addition is Scott & Barb Campbell, who we visited at their summer home while in Steamboat. (You may remember them from our previous visit to Zion: see Editor’s Updates – Page 1) Together, our group will stop at Grand Juncti0n, Durango, and Page, ending in Springdale, UT (Zion National Park) Today’s leg to Grand Junction, CO, is only 201 miles, but promises to be the most spectacular piece of highway on our entire trip! For those who may want to duplicate this remarkable experience, we left Steamboat Springs heading South on CO-131, then West on I-70. The remarkable part starts on the I-70, and is about 2 hours of just awesome! The Grand Junction KOA was one of the nicer KOAs we have ever experienced. We had three adjoining sites with lots of grass! We’ll remember the stay!
7/20/2018: We’re off this morning for Durango. It’s a short haul, only 157 miles, (about 3 1/2 hours) but that’s through Silverton. Thru Moab, Utah, it’s more like 270 miles ( about 4 1/2 hours.) As it turns out, both ways are beautiful. The issue with the call, here, is that the Moab route is (my opinion) a smarter option for anything over about 40ft. (to be fair, that probably should be assembled overall length). A major portion of the Silverton route is more suited to snakes than motorhomes. I opted for this route, and found myself wondering “what was I thinking?” Glad I experienced it? Yes. Do it again? Nope. Not in my 45ft coach (with or without a towed vehicle!)
Our home in Durango will be Alpen Rose RV Park . This place had the usual amenities, plus a lot of shade, a home-cooked breakfast on some days, and an evening view (see below) across the valley to die for! We stayed an extra night to soak up the Durango feel! BTW, great shopping in town!
In that we have seperate experiences among our group, both are represented below in the photos.
The balance of this journey is on Editor’s Updates – Page 8