It is with sadness that we leave our spot at the KOA in Strasburg, Colorado, where we've been working for 6 1/2 months. Here we are all hooked up, slides in, hoses disconnected and stowed, and ready to pull out. It was a sunny but windy morning.
Sadness aside, moving on to a new job in a different part of the country is always exciting. Our travel between jobs is really our vacation, so we take things slowly and enjoy the sights along the way. In this photo we are heading east on Highway 36, shortly to turn north on Highway 71, passing through the high plains of eastern Colorado.
Oops! A stop for a long, long coal train at the town of Brush, Colorado. Just north of Brush we were stopped in our tracks from continuing up Hwy 71. It was closed for some reason, we thought maybe snow. We found our way back to the freeway, not easy in a big 5th wheel when we don't know the roads or whether we'll get into a spot where we can't turn around! Our detour took us 20 miles out of the way before we got back to Hwy 71 many miles farther north.
We thought we might run into snow, since the highways farther east were closed, but all we got was wind, and lots of it, very strong. This windmill was one of many just south of the Nebraska border. Mr. Keith did fine at keeping the rig between the lines. My biggest challenge was to keep our two cats calm in the car with me! They did well.
As we neared Gering and Scottsbluff, Nebraska, we were treated to this sight. I imagine the Oregon Trail pioneers felt even happier to see Scott's Bluff in the distance as they traveled along the Platte River. Our purpose in coming this route was so that we could tour the monument and see parts of the actual Oregon Trail and other historical sights around the area. We'll do that tomorrow and I'll be able to post some close up photos of the Bluff.
For now, we're settled into a very nice and inexpensive RV park in the south part of Gering, right near the Bluff. The sites are not too close, and they have concrete pads, making leveling very easy.