Monday, May 4, 2015
Manitou Springs. CO
I am on the road again. Just over 600 miles yesterday from home to Manitou Springs, Colorado.
Was a stormy night at home Saturday. That, and the normal problems sleeping before a trip, made it a long night. There was a little rain in the air as I finished packing the car. Got on the road 3"45am CDT. Stopped in Council Bluffs to gas the car.
The upper photo was taken along I-80 around Wood River. The sky was getting light and the full moon was setting. Did not get the focus quite right.
Stopped in Kearney for breakfast. At Elm Creek, I dropped off the Interstate for the more "scenic" drive on 2-lane roads. I have driven a couple times this route. I just enjoyed the drive. The weather has cleared and temperature climbed to 79 degrees.
I found some more old, abandoned buildings on the route. These little towns of the plains have a treasure trove to photograph. Got off the main road in Jennings, KS. During scooping on block, I shot several good shots.
Another boring drive on I-70 from Colby, KS to Limon, CO. I still J-76 from the Nebraska boarder to Denver is still worse.
Not much to see along US 24 from Limon to Colorado Springs. Saw several abandoned buildings like the lower photo. here. I had to pay close attention as I neared the Springs. Route 24 takes a rather circuitous route.. It did not help there was a traffic jam near the I-25 interchange - sign indicated they were cleaning up a vehicle fire.
Found my Motel in Manitou Springs. Had a problem with the room, I could not get a good internet connection. Interference with WI-FI from another motel. Move from a room with a King bed to a room with 2 Queens. The internet connection for more was more important than the size of the bed.
Headed a mile or so up the road to find beer and food. The hotel desk clerk had suggested The Keg. I was in heaven when a pint of Mass Transit Amber Ale was placed in from of me. The brew was crafted by Bristol Brewing in Colorado Springs. There were a couple of problems.
First, I had not seen any parking meters. Another customer told me where to pay parking - as the police in Manitou Springs love their parking fines. Took care of that, but the place was only serving a limited menu because of a kitchen fire in March. No fried food (could not have my burger). I settle on for the french dip. Had a second pint to wash it down,
The town of Manitou Springs looked like an interesting place to shoot photos and wander around, but, I was just too tired and had left the D-SLR in the room. i headed back to the room and crashed into bed.