Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Today we were on the road by 6:30 AM. to leave Moab and head to Chapman, Kansas. This is the first of our two days to get back home. The skies were beautiful as we headed out of town.
Our drive has been uneventful today. We didn’t have any traffic delays, issues on the road or with the RV! Whew!
When we hit the mountains of Colorado the temperature fell from 90 degrees to 54 degrees! Our gas mileage wasn’t very good when we were driving in the mountains.
Our route took us through Fruita, Colorado which had several roundabouts. The town has added sculptures to the roundabouts that we drove through.
For awhile I-70 was parallel to the Colorado River.
We passed several ski resorts. One was Vail.
We also drove by Copper Mountain Ski Resort.
Bridal Veil Falls is near downtown Idaho Springs, Colorado. The falls spills out of Soda Creek and then flows into Clear Creek.
Our granddaughter did a FaceTime call with us! That was the highlight of the day!
Near Evergreen, Colorado we saw rafters on Clear Creek which runs along the freeway!
Our overnight was at Chapman Creek RV Park in Kansas and was located just off of I-70 which was perfect for us.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
We left Chapman, Kansas a little after 7:00 AM and our destination is home! The last day of our trip and it was raining. This was the only day where we had to drive through rain.
Late morning we got ahead of the rain and the sun was shining!
Our drive was going smoothly until a car motioned for Dave to pull over. Our tow dolly was smoking near the tires. Thank goodness a driver let us know before we had a fire! We sat for a little over an hour to let the wheel bearings cool down. But it turns out the issue wasn’t with the bearings but with the emergency brake that got triggered. We believe that happened because of all the bouncing on the freeway. Every time we stopped for gas, we checked the emergency brake on the tow dolly.
The rest of our drive was uneventful and there wasn’t much to see in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, or Ohio. Our travels for the last 26 days have taken us to places in the United States that we have never visited and were overwhelmed by the beauty of our country. We put over 2,000 miles on the Prius, and over 9,000 miles on the RV. It was a trip to remember!
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes