Day Three ~ Royal Gorge

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View from the backseat

Today would be our first day of actual "sight seeing" and we couldn't wait to get started.  Our first stop would be the Royal Gorge Bridge, which was just a short 30-minute drive from our motel room.   All of us had heard that this was a "must see" from other travelers, so we were anxious to see it for ourselves.   At at a height of 1,053 feet, this bridge is the highest suspension bridge over water in the entire world. 

The one-lane bridge has a roadbed of wooden planks rather than concrete or steel.  After we drove over the bridge and parked, we walked a fair distance back onto the bridge.  That was when we noticed the spaces between the planks that provided a peek of the canyon bottom a looooong way down there.

The red dot is the aerial tram.
   I'm actually afraid of heights and decided it best not to look down. 

The road inside the park continued on up the mountain, so we took the short ride and checked out the view.  The aerial tram caught our eye.  The world's longest single-span aerial tram was carrying it's passengers from one side of the gorge to the other.  One strand of steel cable held the closed-in car as it floated 1,100 feet above the canyon floor.   It didn't take long to decide that we would just take our chances on the bridge.

 Of course, we had to pose for the camera and do some shopping in their gift shop.  We had a full day ahead of us so we figured we better head on down the road.  

This morning at breakfast, someone at the motel had told us about Skyline Drive, a road in the area that offered panoramic views.

Our travel buddies, Janice and Randy, looking at the highway down below from Skyline Drive.
 Jan remembered seeing the sign that marked the entrance to the Skyline Drive.   It was a clear blue-sky day and we were curious,  so we took the short ride up the mountain.   This little one-lane paved road was popular with walkers and joggers, but today they had to make room for us.

The view from the top showed us the surrounding countryside as well as the town of Canon City.  Randy shared his binoculars and we all enjoyed watching a cowboy with his dogs round up stray cattle on one of the ranches in the valley below.   We could see miles and miles of four-wheeler trails.  I would imagine that these dirt paths were crowded with all types of off-road vehicles on the weekend.  It looked like a motocross heaven.   All riders must have been in school because the trails were deserted today.

Colorado Springs and Pike's Peak would be our next stop.  On the road again  . . . . . . .

 

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View from the backseat
View from the backseat
The red dot is the aerial tram.
The red dot is the aerial tram.
Our travel buddies, Janice and Ran…
Our travel buddies, Janice and Ra…
Jerry and I posing for the camera …
Jerry and I posing for the camera…
Bikes on Royal Gorge Bridge
Bikes on Royal Gorge Bridge
Randy with binoculars.
Randy with binoculars.
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