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Finding a Cubbyhole

to hide from the cold and rain

Continental Breakfast day 2! Still just as exciting. Then around 8am we started calling motorcycle shops and guess what? All the shops in Colorado springs are open Tue-Sat, and it was Monday! No, we can’t stay here 3 nights, we just can’t throw that kind of money at motels. So we called ahead to our next stop in Montrose by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and we not only found a radiator shop, but a motorcycle shop too! (Both open Monday and Tuesday). So we were going to head out to the Gunnison National Park, but first Joe really wanted to stop by Seven Falls (we saw a pic of it at breakfast). It’s a waterfall with 7 tiers. I didn’t want to go since it was out of the way, but Joe was insistent that I’d love it (I would love it, but that wasn’t the point). Here is where Joe and I played Freaky Friday again, he wanted to see everything, and I just wanted to get the bike to the shop.

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But when we got there the sign said it was $9 per person! Just to see a waterfall! That’s just about as expensive as it was to see then entire Yellowstone Park for a full week! Joe tried to haggle, but she wouldn’t budge b/c it was privately owned. So we left, but it wasn’t all for not, b/c the town we passed to get to Seven Falls was really cool. Joe liked all the roundabouts the town had rather than stop signs.

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Then it was back over the Rockies.

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And we thought about going over the Royal Gorge Bridge, but it was $12 a person just to drive over a friggin bridge! Thankfully Joe asked customer service at WalMart just before we were going to leave the interstate to go on the bridge, so we never ended up having to turn around to get back to the interstate, we just skipped the road with the Royal Gorge Bridge all together. So while we didn't get to see the water from way high up, we still got to drive along side the river, and it was free, and we got closer to the river than anyone who paid to go on the bridge.

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It was starting to get nasty looking, and Joe pulled under an overhanging. I saw sunlight in the direction we were going (but out west that could be on the other side of the state for all we know, you can see weather for a deceivingly long distance), and I talked Joe into trying our luck. We got caught in some sprinkles, but it wasn’t bad, and we did keep heading in the direction of the sunlight. But then it was getting dark, and really cold, so we stopped in the first town we passed in the mountains, and pulled under the gas station overhang. Unfortunately since it was a little town, the convenient store closed at 6, and it was 2 till. But we did get some good advice while we ate our banana and drank our chocolate milk (the woman kept the store open longer for us so we could get warm before heading back out). The guy buying gas said that Monarch Pass was in blizzard, and a motorcyclist was already stuck up there, and he wasn’t sure what he was going to do because there isn’t a way he could drive through the pass during a night blizzard. So that was that, no Montrose that day, and we started looking for motels. They told us about an RV Park/ motel just past town, so we went there, but it was $65 a night, and Joe said we would find something else. Me, shivering on the back, wasn’t so optimistic.

But then we came to a place that even had a café, and I stayed in there while Joe tried to get a room. The rooms ended up being only $40! Yay! B/c by the time Joe got into the café it was dark. The café was closing, but they agreed to stay open for us! So we ordered their special (Mexican grilled steak/ chilly thing). It was really good, and I got to sit next to the heater. Then we went to our room forgetting to leave tip! (We left her a tip in the morning with the café) But the room was great, and it was filled with all these little cute bears that held the toilet paper and stuff like that.

I took a bath again to warm up and Joe talked with my fam (night before Brittany’s flight to York). Then I talked with them while Joe took a bath (we didn’t used to be bath people, then we lost the option and it became a commodity).

Posted by - Rain 08:45

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omg! i have been having nightmares about bears chasing me and breaking into our house the whole last two years, i had another one a few nights ago. in the dreams i am also running on their giant bear heads as they are frozen in the ground and waking up from hibernation. one bear the other night was running at me through houses, and, in my dream, jess was driving and I was like “faster jess, that’s not the big one,” then another bear burst out of the foliage (think T Rex in Jurassic Park), as big as 5 houses, and was chasing us! Brittany googled what bears in dreams mean, and much to my delight, it means independence. Is that cool or what?

by georgi r

omg! i have been having nightmares about bears chasing me and breaking into our house the whole last two years, i had another one a few nights ago. in the dreams i am also running on their giant bear heads as they are frozen in the ground and waking up from hibernation. one bear the other night was running at me through houses, and, in my dream, jess was driving and I was like “faster jess, that’s not the big one,” then another bear burst out of the foliage (think T Rex in Jurassic Park), as big as 5 houses, and was chasing us! Brittany googled what bears in dreams mean, and much to my delight, it means independence. Is that cool or what?

by georgi r

Wow, I can't describe how much I enjoy your picture, there awesome! Hope you get you bike fixed. What's wrong with it? About my baby now. Ciani and I have found the Acelin, so Acelin Rak, say it a few times in a sentence like Ace get over here", or don't little Ace Ace!" We both like better than Ryu (REU) like from street fighter. So that's the news for now and I'm at work drafting, yah! Sneaky, Sneaky! Love you guys and stay safe. TYL.
Anarki

by Anarki

Dude Jeremy! Kung Fu peps are on the map! Or at least on our travel map. So, where did Acelin come from? The name, not the baby, I know how that works (I asked Joe before I commented)

by - Rain

that river was so inviting. rivers always make me just want to climb right in, which is dumb and hypothermic but oh so true.

ps the bears are way creepy.

by laur

SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!

by BritterBee

$9 for to see a waterfall?! lame. Glad you guys shunned them :-)

by buddy-JC

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