Having not traveled in the motorhome since February, we’ve been itching to hit the road! We had planned on a 7000 mile trip earlier in the year, but then stupid COVID hit and everything started shutting down. We decided to go to Colorado to some higher elevations where it is cooler. I’ve always wanted to stay at Tiger Run RV Resort in Breckenridge, so that’s where we are headed. We are planning to do some hiking, offroading in the Jeep, tour a gold mine, visit Georgetown, and hopefully ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad. The weather is looking awesome, albeit not that much cooler than it will be at home! It seems like every time we try to go to cooler temperatures, the weather at home suddenly gets better.
The 50 amp outlet we had installed at home has sure been nice! It’s so nice to have the air conditioners going and the refrigerator running as we are loading up.
We made it to the KOA in Wakeeney, Kansas. Good overnight place to stop.
We then stopped at a little grocery store called Malays Market and picked up a few things. It reminded me of the old IGA store in Port Aransas, TX. We really like going to these older grocery stores.
Day 2: Had a clear but windy night last night, which sounded like a roaring sound all night. It was making a small tree branch rub against the RV wall where our bed is, so we had to retract the slideout a bit. Woke up to beautiful sunny sky in the low 60s!
Day 3: We drove to Breckenridge and are staying at Tiger Run RV resort. As we gained altitude, most of us started feeling a little queasy or had a headache. We reached 11,000 feet in elevation by the time we got to the Eisenhower tunnel! Breckenridge is at 9600 feet.
And while all of the above looks fantastic, the truth is that today has been pretty stressful and most of us felt pretty crummy. It was a stressful drive through the mountains on I-70, and the high altitudes yo to 11,000’ made three of us have headaches and feel queasy. Also, Avin has had a stomach ache all afternoon. The lack of oxygen has kind of sucked the life out of us. It’s a similar feeling to when Dad and I camped at Echo Lake and got altitude sickness at 10,000’. It’s also like the time I hiked up Mount Evans with some friends back in the 90s and got altitude sickness at 11,200’. We all drank lots of fluids this time around, and that probably helped, but it was still rough. Hoping tomorrow is easier!
Day 4: Today was a much better day! It was the first day to not be traveling, and we felt more acclimated to the elevation (but it still wears us out to do much of any activity). We started off the day with breakfast at the Log Cabin Cafe in Frisco, which is a really neat little town just a few minutes from here that has lots of shops, bike rentals, and food places.
We then went back to the RV and got ready to go off-roading in the Jeep!
We headed for trails around Mineral Hill.
Day 5: Had a rough night with a sick dog that needed to go outside at 3am…ugh…dogs…. Today, allergies were really really bad for Avin and me. Lack of sleep + allergies made for a rough day working. I was on PTO for the afternoon, and despite wanting to sleep off the Benadryl, I didn’t want to waste the day. We went to the Breckenridge Fun Park, where we rode the Gold Runner alpine coaster! It was so much fun, and it was Avin’s first roller coaster!
Day 6: After I got off work, we headed to Georgetown to ride the Georgetown Loop Railroad! It was so much fun! The drive to Georgetown required us driving up to over 11,000’ high at the Eisenhower tunnel, which was a real chore for the jeep. The jeep was revving hard and not able to do the speed limit. I kept it at around 4000 RPM, going around 50 mph, and the engine was staying pretty warm. If I had tried to go the speed limit, we would have definitely been overheating like other vehicles we saw.
We then drove down I-70 a bit more to the Phoenix Gold Mine in Idaho Springs where Dad and I went in 2008. It was so neat to be back there! Just like 12 years ago, there were chipmunks running all over the place that would actually climb on you and eat out of your hand. I meant to do that after the gold mine tour and forgot.
After the tour, our guide showed us how to pan for gold in the creek near the mine. I’ve always wanted to do this, so it was neat to finally pan for gold in the Rocky Mountains!
I forgot to mention the other day that it is crazy how many Jeep Rubicons there are at this RV resort. Virtually every one of them is modified. It’s like going to a Jeep show! There are also tons of really high end motorhomes here. Several that are well over $1 million! Crazy! Here are just a FEW of the ones we’ve seen here.