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Las Animas County

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  • Day16

    Liberal nach Trinidad

    July 10, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Heute morgen ging es nach einem Kaffee und einem Stück Pizza weiter. Die ersten 25 km waren kein Problem, dann gingen die Kühe reihenweise Blümchenpflücken und Moorpackungen nehmen😂😂😂😂
    Passiert ist sonst weiter nichts nur bei einem Koffer ist die Halterung gebrochen, welche wir mit Zurrfurt und Kabelbinder repariert haben.
    Ansonsten ging es heute wieder über 300 km durch Prärien, welche reichten so weit man sehen konnte. Hier leben sie hauptsächlich von der Rinder und Schweinemast. Auch Maisfelder gibt es von denen würden unsere Biogasbetreiber träumen.
    Jetzt kommen langsam wieder so ersten Berge und den ersten Pass haben wir heute auch noch gehabt.
    Gelände sind wir heute im Motel Trials End. Das heißt so weil die Stadt das Ende vom Santa Fe Trial war.
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  • Day16

    Go West!

    July 10, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Hanno schreibt:

    Heute morgen, beim Abfahren, war mir wegen meiner auf Hitze ausgelegten Motorradbekleidung etwas kühl. Das änderte sich schlagartig, als wir auf einem tiefen Sandweg dreimal jeweils eine 1200 GS aufheben mussten. Einer der beiden Fahrer fand das so prima 😉, dass er mit wachsender Begeisterung seine 1200er in diverse Schlammlöcher legte. Ich sag mal so: wir hatten gut zu tun 😅. Einer der abgerissenen Seitenkoffer musste feldmässig instandgesetzt werden; hat gut geklappt. Das Wichtigste : Personenschäden gab es nicht.

    Hatte ich gestern geschildert, dass wir reichlich geradeaus gefahren sind? Das war bis heute Nachmittag immer noch so. Bemerkenswert war, das hier (bis gestern ist mir das nicht aufgefallen) mit reichlich Bewässerungsanlagen gearbeitet wird, so dass sich große kreisrunde Felder ergeben. Die Pumpen werden alle mit standesgemäßen V8-Motoren angetrieben. Grundsätzlich war zu beobachten : wo bewässert wurde, waren reichlich Früchte auf den Feldern, wo nicht, war alles verdorrt. Ab dem Nachmittag kamen wir in bergige Bereiche, ich erwartete jedem Moment eine Postkutsche, so „westernmässig“ sah das aus.

    Was gab‘s sonst noch zu berichten?
    Es gibt fiese Wasserlöcher auf den Strecken (wo deren Wasser herkommt, weiß ich nicht), die man vermeiden sollte (siehe oben). Einmal habe ich eine feuchte Stelle unterschätzt; da kam ich ziemlich ins Rödeln. Gestürzt bin ich nicht, aber ziemlich mit Matsch bespritzt (Foto). Aus Regenzeiten stammen tiefe, jetzt getrocknete Reifenspuren, die man besser vermeidet. Immer mal wieder sind Sandpassagen zu bewältigen 😄.
    Ach ja: die KTM muss immer mal wieder an die Brust von Bernds Marketender-GS: er führt für uns Benzin, Wasser, Öl, Nüsse, Bier (ab heute nicht mehr, weil es seinen Koffer eingenässt hat), und sonstiges mit.

    Es ist eine tolle Tour!
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  • Day16

    Wie im Wester meint Bäcker Bernd

    July 10, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Puuuh. Was für ein Tag .Alles fing gut an. Hans kocht uns mit seinem Feldkocher einen Kaffee. Schmeckte echt gut. Dazu ein Stück Pizza vom Vorabend. Um 7.30 Uhr sind wir am Fahren. Ein Stück Strasse und dann geht`s ins Gelände. Ich fahre vorn, dort ist die Luft auch besser. Nach einigen Kilometer will es ein Feldhase mit meiner GS aufnehmen. Über 1000 m und Spitzengeschwindigkeit von 60 km/ h schafft er. Was für eine Leistung. Dann biegt er rechts ab. Es läuft heute morgen super. Wir wollen einen Tag rausholen. Dann fahre ich Topmotiviert in einen Sandweg. Tiefsand brutal. Nicht 3 cm oder so, nein 30 cm oder so. 50 Meter - Ende im Gelände. Bodenbeschaffenheit weich und warm. Maschine aufrichten, aufsteigen, weiter. Weitere 50 Meter das gleiche, nur auf der anderen Seite. Das kratzt an meinem Ego. Na ja , die Anderen wissen bescheid, das ist eine schwere Nummer. Irgendwie kommen wir weiter. Jetzt kommen andere Herausforderungen. Schlammlöcher. Hier haben wir nicht alle die Bestnote verdient. Aber nur leichte Schäden und,das ist das wichtigste, uns ist keinem etwas passiert. Am Nachmittag erreichen wir die ersten Höhenzüge. Bis zu 2000 Meter. Es sieht aus wie im Film , fehlten nur noch Bud Spencer und Terrence Hill. Autos, Menschen, Tankstellen, Restaurantes, totale Fehlanzeige. Wenn uns die Einheimischen sagen, nehmt genug Benzin und Wasser mit,sollte man das tun, Haben wir auch gemacht. Auf den letztes 60 km sind uns 2 ( zwei ) Fahrzeuge entgegengekommen. Dann erreichen wir unser Quatier, sehr, sehr, sehr urig. Wir werden`s überleben. Ist in dieser Stadt wohl das Bikerhauptquatier. Morgen sind wir im Hochgebirge. Ich freue mich schon. Gute Nacht. Ach ja : wir sind in der nächsten Zeitzone. Also 8 Stunden hinterher.Read more

  • Day19

    Little house (RV) on the Prairie

    October 26, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    I take it back, Americans do get irony.
    The Nebraska sign also reads Home Of Arbor Day, this must either be humour, wishful thinking or total delusion.
    We drove a few days through Nebraska and barely saw a twig sticking above the grasses although to be fair this may have been our fault as most of our concentration was on keeping the RV from being blown sideways off the road.

    For those who prefer a short blog, you are in luck, there are only so many ways you can describe a windswept prairie but we will have a bit of a go anyway.
    There was a long road stretching into the distance, it disappeared over many horizons, looking to the left we saw a lot of grass, looking to the right we saw a lot of grass too.

    But then we came to something very interesting.
    Rhonda brought her own sugar over because last time we were in the US she said the stuff here tasted funny, unpalatable as well, I wouldn’t know I don’t touch the stuff so I just thought she was being weird as usual.
    But it seems she had her reasons because driving into a town, Scotts Bluff, we saw mountains of what looked like round rocks, huge piles of them stacked up everywhere.
    These were all around a complex very similar to our sugar mills and the reason for that is that it was a sugar beet mill.
    The smell in the air was similar to what you get out of our cane mills though not as sweet or aromatic. It was like a bad batch was cooking or some farmers poor dogs had got mixed up in the machinery as he was cutting the cane.
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  • Jul13

    Lathrop SP D2 ... Hwy of Legends

    July 13, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 90 °F

    This is part II of our second day @ Lathrop State Park ...

    So, who was it that said the Highway of Legends Scenic and Historic Byway (aka CO-12) was not a consideration on this trip because we had driven it in 2015? Oh yes, that would be me. Well, I should have known better because that’s exactly what we did today — with some adaptations — to escape the heat at Lathrop SP. That we had not driven the spur road off CO-12 last time was an incentive as well.

    (Photos from the 2015 drive are at this link: https://eenusa.smugmug.com/WeGoA-Rollin/Fulltiming-Year-3/Colorado-2015/Colorado/.)

    When we stayed at Trinidad Lake SP in 2015, we did CO-12 in its entirety from south to north. Parts of the road impressed. Parts did not. The scenery was wonderful … interesting geologic formations, green clad valleys and mountains, blue lakes. The towns, however, seemed mostly deserted … in many cases, little left of their original charm. Our past experience, allowed us to focus on the best parts of the top loop, this time heading from north to south.

    Once we left Lathrop SP, we programmed La Veta to get us going in the right direction. Once we got there, staying on CO-12 was all we needed to ensure we were driving on the byway.

    The first few stops were at some rock formations — Profile Rock and Devil’s Stairsteps — for quick photo ops. Both of these “walls” are known as radial dikes in geology-speak. They apparently fan out from the Spanish Peaks like so many spokes of a wheel.

    The only town-stop we made was in Cuchara, a tiny unincorporated community that is situated on the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Its name is Spanish for “spoon” … which I later learned is in reference to the shape of the valley it is situated in. Alas, the place was overrun by visitors, so we didn’t get out to wander around.

    As we began to climb into the mountains, we opened the windows of the CR-V and enjoyed the much cooler air. At the sign pointing to Blue Lake in the San Isabel National Forest, we decided to take the detour … even though we’d already visited it in 2015. The dirt road wasn’t the smoothest, and the dust sure did a number on the recently washed CR-V … but it was worth it.

    The area has a number of lakes … most accessible by trails … two easily reached just off the road. There were quite a few vehicles at Blue Lake … most belonging to anglers that had their hooks in the water. All were well spaced out along the rim of the lake. The remaining cars belonged to people like us, stopping by for a quick look see. We walked a short distance along the path circling the lake and found a high point from which to take a few photos. That most people weren’t wandering in this direction was an added bonus.

    Instead of retracing our way back from Blue Lake to CO-12, we decided to continue up the forest service road to Bear Lake. To get to this lake from the parking lot, we had to walk through the forest for a bit, stepping off frequently to let others pass us on the narrow path. But it was worth it. Alas, by this time, the blue skies were clouded over, so I don’t think we got to see the landscape in its full glory.

    On the way back to CO-12, we found the spot overlooking Cucharas Creek where we had a picnic lunch in 2015, so we decided to eat there again. On that occasion, we ate our sandwiches in the car, watching the creek through the windshield. Why? Maybe because it was raining … maybe because it was chilly … or maybe because there were too many bugs. I don’t remember the reason.

    This time, we found a flat spot along the creek and set up our portable picnic table. The temp was delightfully cool … almost jacket-wearing-weather. Overhead, the sky had grown quite gray but it looked like the rain would hold off for a bit even though we could hear the occasional distant thunder. The water rushing over the rocks in small cataracts made for a nice gurgling symphony to accompany our meal.

    We had just resumed our drive when a few raindrops fell … and then stopped. This cycle repeated in a few other spots on CO-12, but it was hardly worth using the windshield wipers. We continued up to Cuchara Pass — at 9,941 feet and from here we detoured onto CR-46, the county road that is a byway spur that connects to I-25 via the higher Cordova Pass at an elevation of 11,743 feet.

    I imagine that the scenery along the spur and across the valley is especially amazing in the fall when the aspens have turned color. It was still quite delightful today … though the overcast skies and veil of haze from the humidity did not encourage me to take photos. Nonetheless, we both enjoyed the quite curvy 35-mile drive even if it was gravel and dirt … bumpy enough in places that we were glad we were in a high-clearance vehicle.

    Once we got on I-25N, we had about a 30-minute drive back to Walsenburg. In town, we stopped to photograph a few murals, picked up some ice cream from the local Safeway, and washed the car to rid it of the dust that encrusted it. Then, we drove back to the Cruiser, arriving around 4:30p.

    Alas, our plans for an al fresco meal at the site fell through … not just because of the brutal sun, but also because the wind was blowing up a dust storm. At least we got to sit out for a bit after nightfall, so that’s something to be grateful for.

    We have another drive planned for tomorrow as the high is forecasted to reach 94F.
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  • Day13

    Last Colorado Stop

    May 29, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

    Wonder the name of that flat top?

You might also know this place by the following names:

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