We left at 6:45am and saw 3 deer as we left the campground. One deer was munching away in the lawn near us as we were hooking up the car. We were on the highway by 7am. I made bagels for breakfast and we had our Starbuck's coffee traveler cups. We had some time to talk before the girls were up. They got bagels and toast. Later we hit construction and I used the time to make melted swiss & muenster ham /turkey sandwiches with tomato and onion for Tom & I. The girls got chicken fingers (baked in the convection microwave) with carrot sticks and strawberries. The drive was very hilly changing altitude by 1000 ft several times. Once we got to the I-25 it was easy going and we pulled into Colorado Springs with cloudy skies. The campground was very nice and we had the new "executive" pull-thru's. We hooked up and it started to rain. We saw flood warnings. Then heard lots of sirens; the road was closed; we saw news people taking footage of the stream in front of us. Hail started to come down. It was crazy. We were OK in the end but learned later on the news that the SWAT team had evacuated the RV park down the road. We went for dinner downtown. Downtown had a lot of homeless people and seemed strangely desolate and empty. I like the area we are in much better- Manitou Springs; I think the sub-urbs are better than the city here. Despite the cool temperatures afterward Sophia went swimming around 8:30pm. What a day !
Day 18 stats:
Departing Mesa Verde NP: 6:45am MT
Crossed the Continental Divide at 9:16am MT, 17,815 km
Wolfcreek Pass: 10,875 ft altitude
Gas fill up – Monte Vista, ½ tank 10:30am MT, 17,894km
Arriving Colorado Springs, 18,189km