Trip report, Colorado Springs
We left Austin in the dark of morning, 9/15, west on TX 71 through Llano and Brady. No traffic, in the first 2 hours, we were passed by no more than 10 vehicles. Then, up to Abilene, west to Sweetwater, and north to Lubbock. We intended to overnight at Lubbock, but it was early so we went on to a municipal RV park at Plainview. $10 honor box. Pretty bleak and right by the jail, but also right by the sheriff's office, so we felt quite safe.
Next morning north to Dumas and west to Raton, NM. Raton Pass was under construction with a 35 mph limit. I had been worried about the 8000'+ pass, but I found it hard to stay under 45 mph going up. We pulled into Trinidad, CO in early afternoon. $23 tacky RV park. Great town. My wife loved the shops and old buildings. Great Mexican food.
Next morning, off to Colorado Springs. I had to stop and buy a 50 amp to 30 amp dogbone because the RV park we were going to had only 50 amp service. We stayed at Northwood Village near the center of town. It is a mostly permanent resident park, but for the location and $20 a night, it worked out well.
We left for home Sunday morning early. No traffic. We turned east at Pueblo and followed US 50 to Lamar, then south on US 287, joining our original route at Dumas. We stopped for the night at Palo Duro Canyon SP at Canyon, TX. $12 for the night and beautiful scenery that my wife hadn't seen before.
We left our outbound route again at Lubbock and took US 87 through Lamesa and San Angelo, stopping for the night at Brady, TX in the worst laid-out RV park I have ever had the misfortune to stop at.
This morning (Tuesday), we came on home in about 2 hours.
Outbound 12 MPG; coming home, 13 mpg. Perfect weather all the way out and back.
John W. Irwin
2018 Interstate GT, "Sabre-Dog V"