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Sunday 12 October 2008
By Dick and Pip Smith
Oct 12, 2008, 15:54

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We enjoyed our last breakfast inside our little home and got going at 8.45am with the skies overcast the temperature 40° F.
Our last breakfast inside our Earthroamer


We drove through Loveland and turned off towards Estes Park as the rain began to fall.
Homes in Loveland
It was still raining as we headed towards Estes Park


We drove along the Big Thompson River gorge and gradually the sun appeared as we drove down into Estes Park.
Soon the sun appeared
We drove into beautiful Estes Park with all the autumn colours


We stopped at the Information Centre and had a coffee at a local café before driving into the Rocky Mountain National Park, paying and entry fee of $20 at the gates.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Beautiful views in the park
Rocky Mountains
Elks resting under the trees
Beautiful autumn leaves


We drove through the park up to Bear Lake at 9,400ft with magnificent scenery along the way.  We walked around Bear Lake, where a good covering of snow was on the track.
Driving towards Bear Lake
Mountains ahead as we drove
Bear Lake
A mountain just behind Bear Lake


We returned to Estes Park where they were holding sidewalk sales along the main street.  It was very cold so we bought ourselves some warm jackets and had some lunch in a pizza café.


As we left the rain started to fall again and soon we were driving in heavy fog.  We stopped in a grassy area off the road and emptied our watertanks and gave the toilet and shower a good clean with the last of the water.
Entering Boulder County in the fog


We drove back to Bloomfield and checked into the Renaissance Boulder Suites Hotel where we had stayed in March 2006, at the very beginning of our Earthroamer adventure.

Our Earthroamer parked in the hotel's car park at Bloomfield near Denver


Today 126 miles (202 kilometres)


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