Day 20 – Loveland, CO

I woke up at 8:45.  Shari was awake, too. Shari went down to the hotel breakfast area and got us coffee.  I sat in bed reading the news on the internet.  Later she went back down and brought back breakfast, so we can eat in the room before getting on the road.

Today we are driving to Loveland, Colorado.  We will spend 3 nights there and in and around Rocky Mountain National Park.

It was an all day drive, but it was mostly interstate. We had some great scenery like the rocks below.

James Town, WY

We stopped and bought lunch at a Jimmy John’s in Rock Springs, WY. At first we planned to find a park to eat at, but when we exited the restaurant we noticed they had tables setup behind the store. So we ate there. We were able to go in and get refills before we got back in the car.

Behind Jimmy John’s Rock Springs, WY

When I was a kid in Pensacola, there was a Sinclair gas station on 12th Avenue. I remember my mother going there. It was right across the street from the A&P where she bought groceries and the T.G.&Y that had a candy isle that I could never decide on what I wanted. Sometime in the late 60’s or early 70’s the Sinclair station closed. I thought all the Sinclair stations went out of business until I travelled out west and saw that they are still prominent in some western states. Today we stopped at the Sinclair station near the Sinclair refinery in Sinclair, WY. Albert wanted his picture taken near the Sinclair dinosaur.

Sinclair, WY

Shortly after leaving Cheyenne, WY I could see a very large thunderstorm cloud ahead. We continued to drive and I saw a white hill on the horizon. I didn’t think anything of it because we had just been in Utah where there was white sandy soil. As we drove closer to the hill the temperature outside dropped 20 degrees and I noticed hail piled up on the roadway. That is when I realized that the hill was white because it was covered with hail. It was an interesting sight. It has been years since I was caught in a hail storm. Fortunately, this was not the windshield busting size hail.

It was almost dark by the time we arrived at our hotel in Loveland. Instead of trying to go out to eat, we popped the cork on a bottle of wine and ate snacks in the room.

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