26 June 2018 – I ate breakfast, loaded up and was cruising the highway looking for adventure. It’s mostly mountainous terrain. I’m gaining altitude. I can see that on my GPS. I’m coming up on 10,000 ft / 3048 m. I hope my old coal burner keeps on chugging along. I drove up to Monarch Pass 11312 ft / 3448 m and went right on by. I stopped about 1 mile / 1.61 km later and thinking “I’m going back to look and see what the Monarch pass is all about.” It’s the Continental Divide. It’s where rain water must decide if it’s flowing West or East. At the top of the mountain it’s 12,000 ft / 3658 m. and you can take a lift to get there. It was very scenic and windy. I had some ladies take my picture. I also took theirs. I eventually had seen everything the mountain had to show me and I took the cable car back down the mountain. No scenic trip or tour can skip walking through the souvenir shop. I found a gift for Mary. I took a few more pictures at the sign and the souvenir shop. I was glad I went back and checked it out.
Then it was back on the road again seeking adventure. Next stop Canon City, Colorado. I found a hotel ok. The price wasn’t bad either. I was going to stop in an see an old friend but they apparently faded into the Colorado Mountains. I stopped by their place and looked at their horses briefly, then left. I went and got something to eat and then back to the hotel. When I got to the hotel, a Honda Gold Wing trike was parked next to me. Nobody was to be seen.
I covered my motorcycle and went into my room. I planned tomorrow's route. My route was all about bypassing Denver, Colorado. I would take Hwy 115 to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Then pick up Hwy 24 to Interstate 70 East to Hwy 385 North to Interstate 80 East. It would be straight sailing on Interstate 80 all the way to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I was getting closer to home.