Day 35: Friday, October 19 – Hotchkiss, CO to Manitou Springs, CO

  • Happy birthday, Frank!!!
  • We said goodbye to the gang at Dan’s house. They had just finished harvesting the potato crop.

Goin’ fishing!


Potatoes and trout for dinner sound good to us!

  • On the road, we thought, to Pueblo. We drove on Route 50 through the Monarch Pass (elevation 11,300+). We think this is the highest we’ve been. It was dicey.

Sue at the pass

Naked Aspens

Mountain view from the road

Roadside attraction – world’s biggest rocker

  • Drove through Canon City, home to 4 maximum security prisons, housing a couple of notorious criminals including: Ted Kaczynski, Oklahoma bomber Terry Nichols, the shoe-bomber and more.

Unabomber home

  • Driving along, Glenda found a different possible destination in our book – Manitou Springs, CO. So here we are. Our motel/cabin is vintage quirky 1950’s. A couple of sketchy motel-mates are a cabin or two away from us.


  • Manitou Springs has several springs, like Saratoga, and it turns out the town is a cute, western, friendly, funky town with a good vibe. We like it.

Sue at the well

Jersey Junction

A new couple checked into the B&B last night and we talked to them at breakfast. Sue was surrounded by Bell Heads! Our couple both worked for the Bell System in the past and spent a few of those Bell years in Homdel, Matawan, and Freehold. They are from Nebraska and the land of wide open spaces. They thought NJ was a little too crowded for them.

Theme of the Day: Leaving the mountains behind…

Next Up: Dodge City, KS


2 thoughts on “Day 35: Friday, October 19 – Hotchkiss, CO to Manitou Springs, CO

  1. geralyn

    Are you still going to Pueblo, Co? I did summer stock there in 1977. Just catching up on your amazing journey. Great fun.

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