FridayFriday morning we left
Idaho Springs was founded in 1859 by prospectors during the early days of the Pike's Peak Gold Rush; the town was at the center of the region's mining district throughout the late nineteenth century. During the late twentieth century, the town evolved into a tourist center along U.S. Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 40, which ascend
through the historic mining
district. Clear Creek
The town today is squeezed along the north side of Interstate 70, with a historical downtown on its western end and a strip of tourist-related businesses on its eastern end.
Our bed for the night was at the H&H Motor Lodge, when was the last time you stayed in a place called a motor lodge? It’s old and kind of funky, from the outside I had my doubts, but the room was freshly painted, carpeted and furnished. All’s well that ends well.
Dinner was at Hilldaddy’s Wildfire Restaurant. Pot roast, mashed potatoes with broccoli and brown gravy, does it get any better then that! It was good.
SaturdayDinner was so good we went back to Hilldaddy’s Wildfire Restaurant for breakfast, ‘cause you don’t get a continental breakfast in a motor lodge. Yes, it was good.
With a full tank of fuel we headed east on I-70 towards
A couple of tunnels later we put Denver
behind us along with the mountains and all those beautiful vistas we have been
enjoying the past days. It’s high plains country east of Denver, flat rolling
land growing, cattle, corn, and sorghum all the way to our nightly destination,
Hays, KS. Denver
The flat rolling lands soon put Judy to sleep, mumbling something about how f….. boringit was. With all the excitement of the drive we opted for lunch at Denny’s and dinner at Applebee’s.