Leaving Breckenridge I had to go back over the Continental Divide at Hoosier pass to get back on the eastern slope again.
Instead of going to Leadville Colorado like I had planned, this morning I decided to go to Fairplay Colorado instead. No real reason except I don't like plans, and never really have. So I'll go up to Leadville tomorrow and hopefully find a place to stay in the area.
I stopped in the old mining town of Fairplay Colorado this morning and took a few pictures. I was actually planning on staying in downtown Fairplay because I found a combination cabins and RV Park on the Internet this morning that is right in town whose website said they charged $25 a night for RV parking. I don't normally like to stay in RV parks but in this case the price sounded reasonable and staying in town overnight would let me get lots of pictures.
I pulled into the RV Park, the lady in the office said they had a site open and it would be $40 I reminded her that their website said $25, and she said, "that was the rate years ago we no longer honor that rate". So I thanked her for her time turned around and left. So "for years" no one has taken the time to change the rate on the Internet, it made me wonder if "for years" anyone has spent time taking care of the RV Park, and in the brief time I got to see it I would guess the answer to that would be no!
So I moseyed on down the road and ended up going to a national forest campground about 10 miles down a really bad dirt road. The potholes and washboard were so bad I'm really dreading having to go back over it again tomorrow morning. I don't know what it may have done to the truck and the tires, but I do know it completely rearranged everything in my refrigerator.
I'm getting a little behind in my pictures so tomorrow I'll post some of the pictures I took while in Fairplay.
At the bottom of Hoosier pass Is the old mining town of Alma. It has managed to survive because it's on the main road that goes to Breckenridge which gets very busy during the winter when all the skiers from Colorado Springs are heading up into the mountains.
And where would be a more fitting place to stop than the world-famous Hoosier Daddy Liquor Store.
Alma is a small town but its big enough to have its own Al-Mart.
My boondocking spot for tonight. normally I try to park in the sun so my solar panels will work but this time I had no choice every site was shady.
Breckenridge Colorado. All the cool locals call it "Breck", I guess because they're too busy having fun to say the entire name.
I spent some time last night looking on the Internet for a place to camp near Leadville which is my next destination, and didn't have much luck. A lot of the national forest campsite's are full, and the RV parks in the area are too expensive mostly around 50 bucks a night. From what I've seen it appears the government has leased out a lot of the national forest campgrounds to concessionaires who have raised the prices and put in a reservation system which makes them more appealing to a lot of folks, which quickly fills them up. My Plan "B" is to see if I can find some boondocking in the area but Leadville's around 10,000 feet in altitude so I probably can't get too far out in the sticks before I run into some snow.
So anyway, I went to Breckenridge this morning walked around and took a few pictures and then came back to the Frisco area where there's enough national forest campgrounds that there's spaces available. So I'll spend another night here near Frisco and then get back on I-70 in the morning and head for Leadville where hopefully a camping spot will turn up.
I suppose when you spend all day shredding the slopes, doing gnarly jibs, or bailing off a kicker, there's just no time left to complete a sentence or even a word. Radical throwdown ma steezy bro.
Old building on Main Street in Breck.
The gold pan saloon has been open longer than any other Saloon west of the Mississippi.
If you would like to open your own shop in Breck I think this one has potential limited only by your imagination and financial depth.
it took me a while to find a place to park, but I ended up With a nice view of the ski slopes.
My boondocking spot at a national forest campground just outside of Frisco Colorado
I pulled out of Denver about 9:30 this morning and got to the town of Frisco Colorado before lunch. And at the moment I'm boondocking at a National Forest campground about 100 yards from Dillon reservoir just outside of Frisco.
The traffic heading West on I 70 was pretty bad, but it seems to be that way no matter when I go anywhere. It's a looong uphill pull when you leave Denver heading for the mountains and the slow moving trucks, and large RVs kind of keep everybody bunched up and moving slow until you cross the Continental divide at the Eisenhower tunnel.
I'm up about 9000 feet so the high temperature for today was in the mid-50s, which despite what you might think, was actually pretty comfortable, between the very low humidity and the sunshine keeping things warm I was in a T-shirt for most of the day.
I stopped in Frisco because I wanted to visit Breckenridge which is just down the road, and since Breckenridge is a famous ski town I don't think I would be able to find anywhere in that area to stay that's even remotely affordable. But despite being a world-famous ski area, it's also a historic mining town which should offer me some picture taking opportunities.
the Eisenhower tunnel goes under the Continental divide. You enter on the eastern slope.
And come out on the western slope at about 11,000 feet
Dillon reservoir, Frisco is on the other side of the lake
The little Bronco with the pop top up. It's ready to be lived in, I haven't slept in it yet it will be interesting to see how that goes.