American Locations 47

The trip is from Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park, Illinois, by way of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Carlock, Iowa, & Kickapoo State Park, Illinois

We continued east on I-80. The Interstate followed the Platte River until Grand Isle, where the river turned north. Soon after we crossed out of Nebraska into Iowa, a severe storm hit. We got off the Interstate at Avoca and found a small camp ground at a county fairgrounds. The next morning we continued east on I-80. At Davenport we crossed the Mississippi River into Illinois, and turned onto I-74. We continued southeast to Carlock, where we found another small private campground.

There were a lot of wind turbines around.

The next morning we drove a short distance to Kickapoo State Park. This was to be our last stop on the trip, and we wanted it to be in a park and not a private campground.

The next morning we drove home, east on I-74 out of Illinois into Indiana to Indianapolis, then southeast on I-74 on out of Indiana into Ohio to Cincinnati. The trip was over and we were back home.

American Locations 46

The trip is from Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park, Illinois, by way of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Colorado, & Nebraska

When we ended our stay with family, we climbed back into our motor home and headed north on I-225. We then went west on I-71 to the Havana St. exit. We took that north to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. This is a former weapons testing grounds that has been converted into a nature preserve.

We drove all through this vast tract, and also hiked some. Once we’d had enough, we left the preserve and drove west on E. 56th Street to I-270. We drove a short distance northwest to I-76. We left the Denver area driving northeast out Colorado into Nebraska, where I-76 joins I-80. We continued east on I-80. The land was flat with a lot of feed lots. We passed many lakes. Driving was made difficult by a strong wind. It was warm and turning cool. The ground was saturated by recent rains.

We got off I-80 at North Platte, which is where the North Platte and South Platte Rivers join to form the Platte River, and found a private campground.

The next day we continued east on I-80. It followed the Platte River, which was wide and peaceful. We stopped at Kearney to see the Arch Monument, which spans the Interstate.

We spent a pleasant hour or so strolling through the dioramas. Then we continued east on I-80.

Next Destination – Carlock, Iowa, & Kickapoo State Park, Illinois

Ameerican Locations 45

The trip is from Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park, Illinois, by way of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

It was a treat to be riding along instead of driving. I got to see a lot more.

We made many stops, of course. We posed at this one.

You wouldn’t believe how my bicyclists we saw, not only here but also Mt. Evans and all over the Rocky Mountains. That seems impossible to me, but people bike up and down these mountains.

Motorcycling would be much easier.

At the highest elevation on the road is a visitor center. See the logs laying on top of the roof? That’s to hold it down. They must get some strong winds up here.

Of course, there is always a path to an even higher point.

From which you get an even grander view.

See the tall wooden poles behind the lovelies? That’s so you can find the road and sidewalk when it snows. No kidding. They get that much snow up there in the winter.

There is a dirt road that winds its way up, but we passed on that.

As you can see, the paved road seemed challenging enough.

We backtracked back out to Estes Park from that point. We would see the other side of Rocky Mountain NP another time.

Next Destination – Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Colorado, & Nebraska