We had left Twin Falls later than we expected (remember the incident I ‘might’ tell you about?) and so we only made it as far as Provo, UT – which was fine.
We located the KOA there and stayed at the literal foot of a grand mountain peak. Awesome view! We highly recommend this KOA, they are very friendly and organized.
We immediately began to climb into the Rockies. It was a beautiful drive. Then it started getting dark and cold. I had not winterized the trailer upon leaving Provo because I didn’t think it would get much colder than the 40’s – boy was I ever wrong. As we started climbing toward Vail, it started to snow. I checked the onboard thermometer – the temperature was steadily dropping. As we approached 8,000 feet it fell below 30 degrees (F). I looked at the taillights ahead and saw a snaking line rising up before me. “Great!” I said to my wife. “We are still climbing!” We sure were. We went over the Vail summit around 10,100 feet and temperature was in the teens.
It wasn’t over yet! We continued to climb and the snow was now thicker and it was snowing harder – making it very difficult for people to see the road. There were many vehicles creeping along. I had a decision to make. I finally told my wife. “I am NOT spending the night on top of this mountain!” I was going to muscle my way through. I hit the 4WD button and pressed down on the accelerator, flicked the turn signal and started passing cars, praying all the way. Once again, I got behind a semi truck, but wasn’t brave enough this time to keep up with him all the way. The wind started to blow pretty hard at times and it was a two-fisted fight with the steering wheel. The sunflower seeds were flipping out my mouth at an increasing pace, right onto the floor – I didn’t care at this point. I could vacuum them up later…I wasn’t taking my hands off of the wheel.
Up, up, up! Snow, snow, snow! Wind, wind, wind! We finally peaked out at just over 11,000 feet!!!!! Where we went through the tunnel and started back down the other side. Nearly as nerve-wracking and treacherous as going up. I flicked on the hazards and took my time going down. After 10 miles or so…it all disappeared!! Wow! What a relief!
We pulled into Colorado Springs, CO that night around 10pm and once we were set up made a run to Walmart and through Del Taco. Then we crashed! What a day!!!