Day 13: Nebraska & Colorado

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June 19, 2014 by Briana

This was a rough day.  We learned a valuable lesson about planning ahead.  So far, we’ve been winging it with the campgrounds, booking them as we roll into town.  That strategy didn’t work out with Denver though.  Find out why by reading below.

 

Day 13 (6/13/14): Omaha, NE | Denver, CO

We’ve been getting better and faster at unhitching the trailer from the truck and hitching it back up.  This morning though, not so much.  Our new slogan is “Camping ain’t easy.” Haha! We ran into a few obstacles.  However, I see them as a challenge to figure out and overcome.  Thinking back to our fun little trip along Lake Michigan where we got stuck on the dead-end street, we focused on the fact that we got through it.  We also reminded ourselves that we can now handle anything that comes our way! Okay…challenge accepted! We figured out the issues we came across and got on the road, leaving Omaha, Nebraska and heading to Denver, Colorado.

Now that we’re towing a 6,800 lb trailer though, our gas mileage has pretty much been cut in half and we can’t go as fast.  Therefore, it’s taking us longer to get from one place to the next as our speed has decreased and now we have to stop for gas every 200 miles.  The drive to Denver took all day and was our least favorite drive so far.  Most of the time we spent driving was in Nebraska, and the area west of Omaha becomes very flat with dryer grasslands.  Once we reached Colorado, I was hoping we would suddenly be in a forest, but that wasn’t the case at all.  Outside of Denver was very dry, flat and dull (a lot like what I initially pictured the Midwest to be like).  But luckily the further we drove into Denver, the nicer it became.

We had wanted to stay in the Denver area for quite a few days, and so far we had been booking overnight campsites as we were pulling into the towns.  We hadn’t had any issues with campsites being booked with no available campsites…until now.  When we were still several hours outside of Denver, I began calling campsites to make a reservation for the next few nights.  But I called all of the campsites in the Denver area (including some pretty far outside of Denver) totaling 18, all of which were completely booked for the weekend!

We were shocked! We assumed there would be ample campgrounds in Denver, but then we realized that it’s summertime, it’s the weekend, AND it’s Father’s Day weekend at that.  All of those factors added up to absolutely no availability.  Lesson learned: try to book at least the weekend campgrounds in advance, especially if it’s a holiday.  It’ll be challenging though because it’s hard to predict when and where we’ll be at any given point.  We like being able to roll into a town, get a feel for it, and then decide if we want to stay to explore it more or continue on to the next place.

IMG_3892That plan obviously didn’t work for Denver though.  We had actually wanted to stay there for several days, but we ended up having to rough it by trying to spend the night in a Cracker Barrel parking lot instead (they said we could park there overnight).

Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel

However, while we were parked at the Cracker Barrel, some punks tried to steal our license plate.  That was an unpleasant experience.  After that, we weren’t in the mood to stay at that particular location and didn’t have many other options at that point.  So unfortunately, we had to cut our visit to Denver short.  We decided to keep driving that night through the Rocky Mountains and ended up staying the night at a hotel in Vail, CO.

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7 thoughts on “Day 13: Nebraska & Colorado

  1. […] road trip finale?! This next RV excursion included Denver, CO (since we didn’t get to see the Mile High City the first time we visited), the West Coast again (just because we love it so much and knew there was more to see), and a […]

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  2. […] of our minds ever since our failed attempt at visiting the Mile High City. You might remember the fiasco that happened when we first stopped over in Denver months ago, which caused us to take off in the middle of the night and completely miss seeing the […]

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  3. […] practically impossible. Cracker Barrels has since become one of our favorite joints (even after the fiasco in Denver)! Plus, it’s super affordable. For example, they were offering a full Thanksgiving meal including […]

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  4. […] for Justin to sleep somewhere other than our travel trailer since the night we spent at a hotel in Vail, CO. We missed the familiarity, comfort and convenience of our trailer. But, we’d be lying if we […]

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  5. […] when the jerks in Denver tried to steal the license plate off our trailer? So inconvenient! Luckily they didn’t get away […]

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  6. Eric Metz says:

    All Wal-Marts allow over night RV Parking unless the local ordinances di not allow it.

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