Rain woke me up. Ugh. We hate traveling in the rain ... and usually we don't. But today we broke that rule.
It wasn't too bad as I got most of the outside stuff done which put a little pressure on Linda. Most often, she is finished with the inside before I'm done with the outside, but I got a jump on her today and, of course, I didn't have any utilities to disconnect. :)
We had a 230-mile trip today (long for us), and I wanted to arrive before 2:00. We managed to pull out of our campsite at Olive Ridge around 8:45 (early for us).
We followed CO Hwy 7 down through the twisty St. Vrain Canyon. The drive was rainy, but still beautiful. The 25 - 35 mph curves allowed us to keep the speed down as we descended the 3,000 feet from the campground (about 8,300 feet) outside of Allenspark to the town of Lyons (about 5,300 feet).
In Lyons, we picked up CO Hwy 66 all the way to I-25 north. We exited the interstate in Ft. Collins at CO Hwy 14 to access the Poudre Valley Co-Op on the frontage road. The Co-Op has a free dump station and we decided to fuel up there and top off our propane cylinders. That allowed us fairly simply access and allowed us to avoid going through most of Ft. Collins.
Note: There are multiple websites and apps to locate RV dump stations. We tend to use rvdumps.com or sanidumps.com (which is probably the most comprehensive and includes several different ways to search). Not the most pleasant thing in the world to talk about, but when you need one, you need one. :)
The only problem was that it was a deluge at that time. I bagged the propane idea as I didn't want to drag some poor soul out in the rain nor deal with the cylinders. But, I did want to use the dump station.
To use the dump station, I had to go inside, sign a log, and get a key. Then the dump station was in the back behind a chain link fence. Unfortunately, the dump station is on the wrong side as you go through the gate, but there was enough room back there to get turned around.
I got soaked in that very miserable ten minutes. But the goal was accomplished. I locked up the outlet and returned the key to the desk inside.
From the Co-Op, we went north on the frontage road to the next intersection where we were able to turn left and head west where we picked up U.S. 287 north. Hwy 287 was a great road with wide lanes and several passing lanes on the hills for others to go around. And we finally drove out of the rain.
In Laramie, WY we picked up I-80 west for the last hundred miles to Rawlins, WY. We considered boondocking north of the town of Sinclair on the North Platte River at a BLM site called the Dugway Campground (listed at the bottom of the linked page). But after a week of boondocking and knowing windy weather and possible storms were on the way, we opted for hook-ups instead. :)
We pulled into the RV World Campground in Rawlins, WY. We chose a water/electric site instead of a full hook-up site to save a few bucks. And with our 15% Escapees discount, it was pretty reasonable.
We were guided to our site and, as we pulled in, we noticed our neighbor's rig. Hmm. A Grand Junction with Nevada plates and a "chase" vehicle. Sure enough, out here in the middle of nowhere, it was our friends Paul & Mary.
Paul & Mary are "most-timers" that travel 6 - 7 months or longer each year and then spend the summers in their home in northern Nevada. They are on their way there, but decided to stay here one more night to let the weather improve.
After a warm welcome, they let us get set up. It's not the most attractive RV park in the world and we're close to the interstate and a railroad, but the 50-amp service is good, the water pressure is excellent, and the free Wi-Fi is nice.
At 95 psi, you'd better have a good water pressure regulator. We have, and recommend, the Watts Adjustable 263A Regulator (with gauge and flow rating of 4 - 4.5 gpm) from the RV Water Filter Store. However, I see they have a new X65BG with a flow rating of 6 - 9 gpm that I might have to try. :)
Our satellite internet that let us down in our boondocking spot at Olive Ridge is working here. I'm scratching my head about that.
Anyway, we got set up and watched the clouds roll by with the typical Wyoming wind.
I got started on yesterday's Journal entry of our drive across Trail Ridge Road and our wildlife sightings while Linda returned some emails and took a long, hot shower.
She whipped us up a bacon, egg, and cheese burrito for dinner and then I got my long, hot shower.
At 7:00 we walked next door as Paul & Mary invited us for pie. We sat and got caught up, and then Paul broke out the Walnut Cream Pie he made from his daughter's recipe.
Yes, it was as good as it looked. And he sent a couple more pieces home with us. :)
After Paul made a comment that his pie's picture was going to make the Journal but he probably wouldn't, I had to take a picture of the two of them. :)
While we talked, the clouds got colorful and I went outside for a couple photos.
Sometime after 9:00, the yawns took over and we called it a night. Thanks Paul & Mary for the evening and the pie. :)
Neither of us know if we are moving on tomorrow. For us, much depends on the weather, but we are also anxious to get to the Tetons, and we'll make one more stop on the way. Then we'll have about 10 days to explore Grand Teton and Yellowstone before heading over to Cody for a rally where we'll be weighing RVs.
As for today, what started out miserably turned into a pretty darn good travel day. :)