July 20 – August 3, 2009Road Trip Report

Destination: Denver, Colorado Springs, Ft Collins, Buena Vista, Fox Field, Durango, Colorado City — Colorado
Distance: 4,609 Miles
Attendees: Peter, Charlie

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Day 1 (July 19):  We gassed up and hit the hwy around 7am.  Our destination was Salt Lake City, UT.  “Ah Yeah” my 1986 4runner was loaded with camping gear, food, supplies and mt bikes.  We made good time and crossed the border into Idaho in the early afternoon.  Our progress was slowed when the truck’s alternator failed.  Thankfully, Schuck’s Auto Supply had the part and we kept driving until night fall.  We found a great camping spot right on the Salt Lake.

Day 2 (July 20):  I got up early to replace the truck’s alternator and enjoyed an antifreeze shower (good times).  We packed up and left for Salt Lake City, after stopping for supplies at Target we hit the hwy.  We drove through a monsoon in Arizona.  We arrived at the Grand Canyon North Rim that evening and setup camp.

Road Trip Utah

Road Trip Utah

Day 3 (July 21):  We spent the day exploring the North Rim, relaxing at the lodge and hiking trails.
(be sure to check out our “Grand Canyon” post for more details)

Day 4 (July 22):  We packed up and headed towards the South Rim (240 miles).  We stopped for a shower around the Marble Canyon Bridge.  We arrived at the South Rim in the early afternoon and visited many view points.  We found camping at the Ten-X campground.

Grand Canyon South Rim

Grand Canyon South Rim

Day 5 (July 23):  We left the South Rim and headed towards Durango, Colorado.  We stopped at 4 Corners for pictures.  We found camping about 10 minutes from downtown Durango.

Day 6 (July 24):  We went Mt Biking in Durango, relaxed at the river and attended the Durango Rodeo.  Durango is an active city full of fun shops, restaurants and recreation.  Definitely a favorite recreational destination.

Mt Biking Durango Colorado

Mt Biking Durango Colorado

Day 7 (July 25):  We left Durango and drove towards Denver.  Unfortunately, a storm slowed our progress when it flooded a small town and a landslide covered the road.  We decided to stay in Colorado City instead.

Day 8 (July 26):  We explored Bishop’s Castle which is located about 40 minutes from Colorado City.  This is a must see destination if you visit ColoradoJim Bishop has been building this castle single handed for the past 30+ years.  He might be thought crazy but he demonstrates what one person can accomplish in a lifetime.  After our tour we hit the hwy for Ft Collins, Colorado.

Bishop's Castle

Bishop's Castle

Day 9 (July 27):  We stayed with Charlie’s “Campus Crusade” friends in Ft Collins.  We did some biking, exploring and hanging out.  Special thanks to Scott “Addicted Off Road” for shop use.

Day 10 (July 28):  We drove to Denver, CO and stayed in a hotel about 10 minutes east of downtown.  We spent the day exploring downtown.  We had dinner at Casa Bonita (fun mexican restaurant) and enjoyed a concert at a local venue.

Dinosaur Ridge

Dinosaur Ridge

Day 11 (July 29):  We explored Dinosaur Ridge and Red Rock.  We then met up with Charlie’s relatives (Margi & Tom) in Fox Field, Colorado.  We hung out, played games and watched a movie.

Day 12 (July 30):  Margi took us about 40 minutes outside of Fox Field for some mt biking and she rode horse back; it was a fun, muddy time.  Huge thanks to Margi & Tom for your incredible hospitality.  Our stay was fabulous!

4wheeling Buena Vista Colorado

4wheeling Buena Vista Colorado

Day 13 (July 31):  We left early for Buena Vista, Colorado.  We met up with a group from YotaTech for the 4runner Jamboree.  We had a blast exploring and 4wheeling the mountain peaks of Colorado.

Day 14 (August 1):  We explored more trails and mines in Colorado.  That evening we packed up and drove to Grand Junction, Colorado.

4wheeling Buena Vista

4wheeling Buena Vista

Day 15 (August 2):  We began our drive to Nampa, Idaho.  The 4runner ran out of gas in Utah; we pushed it for a mile or so until someone stopped and offered us some gas (thank you God).  We arrived in Nampa in the evening and stayed with my friend Dan (thanks for the room!).

Day 16 (August 3):  We drove home!  Over 4,600 Mile Road Trip, Camping, Mt Biking, Hiking, 4wheeling and crazy times!

Check out our:  Grand Canyon Adventure

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2 Comments on Road Trip Report: Colorado 2009
Off Road, Camping, Biking, Hiking

  1. Gramps & Grandma says:

    Now that is what I call Oregon Beauty. Except for the Grand Canyon, you may just as well stayed home and hang out. But it is great to see new scenes and meet new friends. Since when has an alternator been filled with antifreeze? You must have gotten into the radiator hose. Oh well you should have been driving an AMERICAN VEHICLE and things would have better. Go FORD! You remember my song: “The little old ford just rambles right along——when the gas burns out of the Toy – ot – a, well the little for doesn’t need gasoline. If you run out of dope, fill it up with soap and the little Ford will ramble right along.”
    Gramps

  2. Colorado is very beautiful. I was draining the radiator fluid and the plug came out. It was an instant coolant shower. That stuff is a bit stinky. The Toyota is always reliable. The alternator never fully failed it just became intermittent. That was a lot of driving!!!