Why Colorado?

Sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a faithful trip, it started with a Corvette top a top that would not fit…

A buddy and I had planneda road trip to Colorado to buy a top for his vintage Corvette. I was talking to my brother about possible routes and places to stay and he had suggested Glenwood Springs. Another friend had a time share there and it all sounded good until a sharp eye noticed that a photo of the Corvette top advertised was for a different year and wouldn’t fit. That trip was cancelled but the seed had been planted for Glenwood Springs.

So, the Browns got stir crazy after our Canada in August and we needed a road trip. 

Let’s see Las Vegas, Richfield and Glenwood Springs were all drives of around 275 miles per day. We loaded up the ebikes, some podcasts, snacks and hit the road.

First Stop Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct. 3, 2022

We planned all of our daily driving distances to be around 275-300 miles. We were in no rush so we gave ourselves time for lunch, rest stops, museums and photo ops.

We stayed at the New York, New York hotel and casino for the night and later found a wonderful shady spot for morning coffee off to the side.

Marla noticed that one of her friends posted on Facebook that they were in Vegas for a few days so we decided to walk to the Cosmopolitan hotel for a quick hello. That short planned hello turned into a 3 hour gab fest. Lee and Cristina are the couple we had traveled to Scotland for their wedding 5 years prior. Lee is a stunt coordinator for the TV show Vikings and other projects and Christine was there for a make up convention. The conversation roamed from work gossip to movie stunts, health care in Scotland and of course politics. I find it interesting that people from other countries are very much tuned in to American politics and we know little about their’s.

Rest stops on Hwy 70 and 80 mph

Green River, Utah
Oct. 4, 2022

The #70 highway in Utah is a beautiful drive and the speed limit is 80 mph which allowed us to eat up those miles quickly. We stopped at Green River for gas and appreciated the low prices. The John Wesley Powell museum is on the edge of town and we popped in. Powell is credited for charting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and was a bit of a bad ass as he also only had one arm.

Our Destination Glenwood Spring, CO

Glenwood Springs, CO
Oct. 5, 2022

Our next stop after our longest drive of 300 miles was Glenwood, Colorado. The weather was good and the town didn’t disappoint as we cruised through it and visited a music store ( it’s what I do) I also made a note of a Mexican/Guatemalan restaurant across the parking lot for a future dinner. The restaurant was excellent and had that colorful furniture that we love.

An employee at the Powell museum had suggested the Italian Underground restaurant in downtown and we inadvertently ran across it while taking a walkabout. Sure enough it was in a basement and the food was good too.

Bike Rides Along the Rivers

Glenwood Springs, CO
Oct. 6, 2022

The next day we took a 16 mile bike ride along the river and explored the town. The paths were well maintained and it seemed that we had them to ourselves. Later we found out that the paths are closed during rain as they flood.

Marla had booked 3 hours at Iron Mountain hot springs the next day and off to soak in hot water we went. It was wonderful as we tried a few different hot springs of different temperatures settling on one around 101degrees and a lively group of people. We laughed and talked until it was time for some lunch. So when in Rome… I had burnt end nachos- nachos with pulled pork and BBQ sauce.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Glenwood Springs, CO
Oct. 6, 2022

The next morning we walked over to some ski gondolas that took us to the top of the mountain where there is Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park a small park with a couple of roller coasters a short old western Main Street and some caverns that were the original draw 100 years ago.

We took a guided tour of the caverns and when we started to take the gondolas down the hill we were stopped due to possible lighting strikes. After about an hour an old school bus took us down some sketchy dirt roads for an added thrill.

The Small Town of Richfield, Utah

Richfield, Utah
Oct. 8, 2022

On the way to and from Glenwood Springs, Colorado we stopped at Richfield, Utah for an overnight stay. Richfield is a small town of 16,000 people and we explored the town catching a movie on our first night there at the recently remodeled Movie Theater and got some Mexican food. On our return trip we went to a concert in the park and the huge Ace Hardware store. Ace is listed as a Top Thing to do in Richfield and has a coffee shop conveniently located on aisle 30, sporting goods, clothing, toys, home appliances and even a jewelry counter. After dinner we watched Professional Corn Hole on TV. Good time, quiet, relaxing and we really appreciated the small town vibe.