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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Boy-oh-boy


This was the most windy day we've had so far here on the Island. Well I guess "windy" isn't really the right word. STORMY will fit much better. The rain dissipated though and that led to quite some outdoor work program. 


Trailers for sale or rent, rooms to lend 50cent...
I still haven't sold my truck and neither our 27ft. cargo trailer which doubles as a car hauler. So I have decided to get both vehicles over to Alberta. Right now they are advertised over the entire country.




So in order to get everything ready we had to clean out the trailer today and put everthing into that new shed/shop.
I am sure this entire task resulted in a few kms with running back and forth between trailer and shed/shop.



The last thing I did was taking pictures of that bugger and get them into an online ad.


But let's see what else we have for the blog today:



                                ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK                                     
and the Old Fall River Road

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The Old Fall River Road
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Between Boulder and Denver
It is unfortunately a fact that Bea cannot be in very high altitude without getting into breathing problems. 
Now there is this "Old Fall River Road" up from Estes Park, and I traveled that road back in 1996 with a 1972 Dodge Polara. (Had always "a thing" for those old sleds) Anyway, halfways up, that car stalled and I got a nice tow by a farmer from Greeley, CO. 
I NEEDED to go up that road again. And here is why:

Opened in 1920, Old Fall River Road earned the distiction of being the first auto route in Rocky Mountain National Park offering access to the park's high country. In the minds of many park visitors, the relatively subtle old route remains foremost. Unlike Trail Ridge Road which is well known for being the highest continuous paved road in the nation, the Old Fall River Road is much more a nature trail.

Primarely gravel, one-way uphill and punctuated by switchbacks, slower pace, 11-mile long. The old road quietly leads travelers from Horseshoe Park (a short distance west of the Fall River entrance) through the park's wilderness to Fall River Pass, 11,796 feet above sea level. The journey to the alpine world at the top of Old Fall River Roa is relaxing. The experience is one to be enjoyed.

The posted speed limit is 15mph, a clear indication that this trip is not for the impatient. There are no guard rails along the road. The road itself is safe, but narrow and curved. 

At the top of the road the visitor can rest at the Alpine Visitor Center. 
I went up the foot pass to the top of the mountain, but had to get down again quickly as I felt the common nausea, called High Altitude Sickness, which can be fatal if lasting for too long. 

So now you know why I had to go up there again. I just needed the "adventure" once more, even though it was a modern car, this time.

While I was doing all this, Bea was lodged on a park bench near the Estes Park Visitor Center reading a book!!

After completing the mountain trip, I found Bea, still sitting in that park, and picked her up for a lunch.


Thanks for the tour...and keep safe!

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