Monday, September 10, 2012

Royal Gorge, Colorado

     Day 10 in the Colorado Springs area and we took a trip to Royal Gorge to see the bridge that goes over the deepest gorge in the U.S.A.  From the roadway, you are 976 feet above the bottom of the gorge.  We had planned to go over it, but the cost was too high.  They built a small amusement park at the bridge, which has a carousel, petting zoo, a tiny train ride and a trolley that takes you over and back across the bridge for $24.00 each!  The cable car ride costs extra.  Of course that is ridiculous, so we walked down a trail near the bridge to take a few photos. I would have liked to have gotten closer, but fences restricted us.
     Then we were going to Pueblo for the rest of the day and go to the auto races at I-25 Speedway that evening.  Well, our "Check Engine" light came on, which ended our day.  We called the Colorado Springs Dodge dealer and was told by a young lady to come right over.  We got there at 1:45 p.m. and were told by the Service Department that they were too busy to get us in and repaired by the time they close at 6:00 p.m.  So we made an appointment for Monday.  So, we went back to our campground for the rest of Saturday.  Sunday we did laundry, Deb worked on her basket weaving project and I read my book and watched football.
     Monday, day 13, we are at the Dodge dealer while they run the computer test and fix the problem.  Then we go back to the campground, hook up the fifth wheel and head for Taos, New Mexico.  By the way, today is Debbie's 61st birthday and I promised to take her out to the best restaurant in Taos.  Hopefully we'll be out of the dealership by 11 a.m., out of the campground by 1p.m. and at Taos by 6 p.m.  It should be a late birthday dinner.       
      UPDATE:  Well, we are not going to Taos, seems the turbo in our truck needs to be replaced for the second time.  So, we left the truck at the dealer, got a rental car, and I took Debbie out for lunch at a chain called Black-Eyed Peas.  Then back to the campground to tell them that we are stuck here in Colorado Springs another 2 or 3 days. Then hopefully on to Espanola, New Mexico for a week.
     UPDATE: Two more days in Colorado Springs.  The truck will take a full 4 days to repair.  Taos is out, on to Espanola, New Mexico on Friday after 15 days here.

Royal Gorge Bridge

Looking down into the gorge
The cable car crossing over the gorge
It is a long way down to the river

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