#108 – Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (Day 11)–Heading Home

Left the RV park about 9:30am.  Drove 354 miles to Russell, KS.  Staying at the Triple J RV Park.  Not really impressed with this place but it will do for one night.  Not much to see along the way in Kansas but I have enjoyed my second audiobook as I finished the first one and stopped for a second one in Colorado Springs, CO.

Monday, July 22, 2013 (Day 10)–Shopping in Manitou Springs

This afternoon I walked up and down the historic downtown Manitou Springs area.  They have a thriving downtown area with a lot of funky shops and food options.  It was over 90 degrees today but with very little humidity it does not seem that bad.

About 6:00pm I went over to check out Red Rock Canyon for a few minutes.

Heading for home in the morning.

Sunday, July 21, 2013 (Day 9)–Pike’s Peak

I had a ticket for the 9:20 train to Pike’s Peak.  I had to arrive 30 minutes early to pick up my ticket. The depot is only 2 miles from the RV park.  The ticket was $35 and parking was $5.  Here is a photo of the train depot.

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All the tickets are assigned seating by the railroad company.  I was lucky to get a window seat facing forward.  The seats were 3 seats on one side of an aisle and 2 seats on the other.  The uncomfortable part is that the seats are back to back so you are facing people and are knee to knee with them.

The trip is 1 hr and 20 min up then you get 30 minutes at the top and then 1 hr and 20 min back down.  It is 30-40 degrees colder at the top and very windy.   I was smart and wore jeans and took a heavy coat.  Many others were in shorts and flip flops and freezing.

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Saturday, July 20, 2013 (Day 8)–Garden of the Gods

Stopped at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center and had lunch with a view…..

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After lunch I drove into the park.  Unfortunately it was too crowded for a good visit.  There were no parking spaces at most of the scenic areas and it was warming up pretty fast so I left without seeing everything….

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I stopped at a few stores in the afternoon.  I went back to the park about 5:00pm.  I walked up to the local pizza place across the street from the park and got a small pizza and took it back to the Egg.  About 7:00pm I went back to Garden of the Gods…it was still busy but not as bad.  I stayed until it started showering.  It has showered for the last few hours.

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Here is a picture as I was leaving the park and you can see the rain in the distance..

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