Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. We make it over the Rocky Mountains. But, I get ahead of myself.
I am always thinking of a Plan B. The best route for us today is to head to Salida and then cross the Rockies over Poncha Pass. However, it is a pass. Plan B is to go a long way around the Rockies.
We head west on Route 50 to Salida. We follow the Arkansas River. We climb slowly to an elevation of 7400 Feet. It is beautiful. This is why people visit Colorado. I would have hated to miss this!
In Salida, we make a grocery store stop. It is now decision time. Do we stay here for the night or tackle the pass. Sleeping here a night is not going to make the pass go away.
We turn onto Route 285. We immediately learn that the pass is in seven miles. Here we go. One thousand seven hundred feet in seven miles.
The RV performs wonderfully! We never fall below forty miles per hour. We never overheat. I do not take pictures. I guess I am a little nervous as I call out the elevations.
Before we know it, we are at the top of the pass! The RV has passed the test! We take lots of pictures and give the RV a break before heading down.
The scenery changes. We are in the San Luis Valley. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are to the east and the San Juan Mountains are to the west. This also to beautiful!
Wind is my only complaint of the day. From Poncha Pass to Alamosa, John is fighting a strong cross wind. I am not expecting good gas mileage. It is really windy!
I hope the wind settles down by tomorrow. We would like to travel by motorcycle to the Great Sand Dunes National Park.