We probably rode for an hour and a half or maybe more before our first stop in Syracuse, KS. Not a particularly pretty place :-( It's sad to see so many towns dying and decaying. However, our stop was pleasant enough. We had a potty break, a smoke (me) and a drink (both) in the shade. Yes, it was already getting HOT. Nice thing is, the heat in the west is a "Dry" heat as compared to a "Humid" heat and that's the truth folks. The dry heat is so much more tolerable! Anyway, here are a few pics of our first stop along US 50 in Syracuse, KS.
Feeling a bit refreshed, we motored on. Since we were on US 50 and the speed limit was anywhere from 30 in the towns to 65 out of town, we made good time. Very little traffic, good road and clear weather. A few hours later we made another stop in Lamar, CO. What a cute town. We stopped at the visitor center to grab a map and look around.
I kind of think this train engine might be a HW3 bonus!!!! A beautiful stop, the grounds are manicured with nice exhibits. The peeps inside the Visitor Center were so friendly and helpful. They were fun to interact with. If you go through here, please stop. It is worth your time :-) Lamar, CO
GPS gave us several options in La Junta, CO. We weren't into fast food and love stopping at local places. So Boss Hogg's Saloon it was. The good sign was the number of cars in the parking lot. Okay, let's try this!
Back on US 50 motoring along at 65 -70 mph, making really good time. We flew through Pueblo which was 101 degrees HOT!!!! At that point we made the decision to keep on going. It was only about 2:30 pm, a bit early to check into the hotel and we simply weren't ready to stop. So there we go up into the mountains of Colorado!
Time for a break - we stopped somewhere along the Arkansas river. We had seen tons of rafts, canoes and kayaks on the river and looked like peeps were having a ball. About this time, the weather turned a bit nasty and we could see some rain in our future!
Salida was a welcome site as we were ready to call it a day only 100 plus more miles than planned. We made a quick stop at the Walmart and loaded up on tonic (for my vodka drinks) and picked up a couple of fresh salads for dinner.
On our way through town to Walmart, we spied several potential motels and decided on this one, the Silver Ridge Lodge. A very cute, clean, independent motel. I would definitely stay here again! Super nice. Silver Lodge
So I did just that. Can't get enough of "Bob" from Kansas with the 1969 Bronco. Here he is in front of the Bronco.
Tomorrow will find us in Grand Junction for the How the West Was Won Rally after a glorious (I'm sure) ride through the Rockies to get there.
Stay tuned for more fun and excitement!!!