Jul 162010
 

We were up by 7 a.m. yesterday, which is way too early for us, but we had a lot of miles to travel. We pulled out of Pony Express RV Resort in North Salt Lake, took Interstate 215 around the west side of Salt Lake City to where it joined Interstate 15 on the south side of town. I-215 was a nice road, but as soon as we hit I-15, we ran into heavy traffic and road construction that lasted all the way south to Spanish Fork. By the time we left the interstate there and got onto U.S. Highway 6, I was sure glad to get off the superslab.

It was 133 miles to Interstate 70 at Green River, and a lot of it was two lane road. U.S. 6 is a good road, but not one where you’ll go very fast. In some places it is narrow, there are no shoulders, and it does some climbing.

US 6 Utah 4

It also has a couple of steep downgrades, but they are relatively short.

US 6 Utah downhill 6 

Did I mention it has a lot of twists and turns, especially as it goes through Price Canyon? Note the road sign. It didn’t exaggerate!

US 6 Utah twisty sign

US 6 Utah twisty road

Price Canyon was pretty impressive, in spite of the bug on the windshield.

Price canyon utah 2

US 6 Utah price canyon gap

We also had several stretches of road construction to deal with. At one point, the road was down to one lane, and we passed a long line of cars and trucks headed the other way who were waiting for their turn to go.

US 6 Utah construction zone backup 2

We also saw a wind farm. Nothing strange about that, except most of them that we have seen are on top of ridges to get the most wind. But these were down low.

Utah windmills

Miss Terry ran down the batteries in both of our Olympus digital cameras, but she got some great pictures. There were quite a few railroads tunnels through the mountains.

Utah railroad tunnel 2

Once we passed the little town of Price, about halfway along U.S. 6, the road became wider and the countryside flatter. We even had some four lane stretches of roadway.

It was hot! When we got onto Interstate 70, my dashboard thermometer said it was 104 degrees, and later on, as we crossed into Colorado, it was 106! But, our Winnebago performed well and climbed up the steepest grades without hesitation.

Interstate 70 utah

We saw some gorgeous scenery in western Colorado, including lots of impressive rock formations.

Colorado rock formations 2

Colorado rock formations 3

The scenery was absolutely spectacular, and the highway had lots of curves and, of course, more construction zones.

Glenwood Canyon twisty road

Glenwood Canyon rock formations 2

The highway follows the river, and we saw lots of rafters and fly fishermen.

Colorado river view

Did I mention the road construction?

Interstate 70 Colorado road construction

The battery in the second camera died just as we got to Glenwood Canyon, which was disappointing, because it was breathtaking.  I want to go back and drive this stretch of road in the van, and see it again.

We arrived at River Dance RV Resort in Gypsum just after 4 p.m., covering 397 miles in one day. That’s a lot of driving, and we much prefer 250-300 mile days. But sometimes you just do what you have to do.

Rusty and Rebecca at River Dance are super friendly people and really made us feel welcome. There was a little snafu, because the full hookup site they had reserved for us was still occupied by the previous person, and he was off sightseeing somewhere.  Rusty had us pull into another site, with water and electric, so we could plug in and have our air conditioner on while we waited. They were both very apologetic, but what the heck, things happen. It was no big deal.

Once we got into our site, we had a great view out of our windshield. You can’t see the Eagle River in this picture, but it runs right alongside the campground, and if we had time, I’d launch our kayaks.

River Dance windshield view 3

Here is the view behind us. I don’t think there is ten feet in flat land in all of the western half of Colorado!

River Dance rear view

By the time we were settled into our site and hooked up, we were famished. Terry drove the 7 miles to Pazzo’s Pizza, in Eagle, where we had one of the best pizzas we have had in years.

Between getting up earlier than usual, the long drive, and the elevation, we were really worn out by the time we finished dinner and got back to the campground. The mosquitoes here are about as big as sparrows, and as aggressive as hawks, so we made a mad dash for the RV. But I still got bitten two or three times before I could get the door unlocked and we could get inside.

Today we plan to sleep late, and then do a whole lot of nothing. We had a busy week in Salt Lake City, and we have a busy weekend ahead of us, so we need to take advantage of every quiet moment we can.

Thought For The Day – The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.

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  9 Responses to “Salt Lake City To Gypsum”

  1. Great photos, Terry. Almost got seasick from the curves and down grades.
    Suggestion: next camera, get one that uses standard size batteries. Nick: looks like the guys that place the orange cones in the road are getting close to the 60/40 rule.

  2. Going back to see that stretch of road will be worth the trip. I like the dual level of road on that side of CO. Have a great time and think DEET. Bugs with tail numbers should be req. to get clearance to land and steal blood.
    Enjoy the time in CO.
    LRWZAW in Liberty

  3. Great pictures, Terry and as usual, good story, Nick.

    We have been known to run our generator just to charge camera batteries going down the road. We have a great little point and shoot camera now that takes AA batteries and we keep spares in the rig and the car.

    It’s true you cannot always trust navigation programs and GPS… Someone said, “In talking to several people who are familiar with this area, we decided to take a longer route that they tell me is a much easier trip.”

    I think we can use this in our Navigation seminar.

  4. The Glenwood canyon portion of I-70 is a very spectacular drive. I drove I-70 all the from its western start to Indiana and in Utah and Colorado it has some amazing scenery. We hope to be back in Colorado next summer.
    This entire summer we are in northern Indiana/Illinois visiting family.
    Jim

  5. I-15 through Salt Lake City and south always has heavy traffic and always is under construction. Not a fun drive.

    Our digital camera has a rechargeable battery that lasts about 400 pictures and that is with the image stabilization turned on. We also carry a second battery just in case. Extra batteries are not very expensive.

  6. Nick, we really love your posts with travel pictures! Terry does a good job. A lot of people we know take pix thru the windshield and all you see is the back of the truck ahead of them. They must not weed out anything, just show them all. A friend motorcycled through Canada recently, nearly every picture he showed was of the three bikers ahead of him on the road. Boring!

  7. Terry should do a seminar on taking picture from a moving rig, I do not take good pictures and I am standing still as is the subject I want a picture of. I love the mountains in both the Wasatch and Rockies. I leave the driving to Mike in these areas. Last time thru Colorado we were stopped by the police, no it was not for a ticket but a herd of Fantail deer decided the grass was nicer on the side of the road, they stopped everyone for their own safety and of course for the deers. It was an awesome site.

  8. How does Terry get such great pictures from a moving RV? Mine are always a blur. And when I shoot through the windshield, my camera auto focuses on the bugs and the rest is out of focus. Does she use an expensive camera with lots of high tech options? If so what kind? I just use a Canon PowerShot, but I think I need to step up to a more expensive camera to get any quality..

  9. Scott,
    I have a Canon Digital Rebel SLR that I use sometimes, but most of our photos are taken with our two Olympus pocket digital camera. Terry’s is a model FE-330 8 megapixel that cost about $140 at WalMart. Mine is a model FE-230 7.1 megapixel that was on sale for $99. Both cameras have automatic image stabilization, which helps a lot. But the real secret is to shoot a lot of pictures. For every one I post in the blog, Terry shoots another 10 or 20 that don’t make the cut.

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