Friday, July 14, 2006

I'm beat!!!

We checked out of the cheap motel at 7:30 this morning and went on to the railroad depot.  We were to board our train at 9:15, but we figured to spend the time prior to that in the railroad museum at the roundhouse; indeed, that was enjoyable.

We both agreed we should ride in one of the open cars this time, breathing fresh air and looking straight out upon nature's delights.  Wonderful plan, that:  unfortunately, nobody warned us about the smoke and cinders and soot that speckle your clothing and any exposed body parts with black dots. 

On our trip from Durango to Silverton, we were facing away from most of the wonderful scenery, but when we headed back, we saw all the stuff we'd missed.  It truly is awesome; the only thing is, it lasts about two hours too long, heading back, because the train moves slowly... and the last couple of hours, you're out of the high country, looking at farmhouses and suburbs.

Here was our problem:  We got back at the depot at 7 PM.  Our original plan was to head east and camp someplace, but we hadn't planned on being so tired and dirty, or on getting back so late; the last thing either one of us wanted to do was put up a tent and inflate an air mattress.  We truly regretted the fact that we hadn't booked another night at the cheap, clean motel.

Cliff suggested we go see if they had any rooms left; I warned him that it's the weekend, when prices are usually higher... and rooms fill rapidly.

Thank the good Lord, there were still rooms left, and at the same rate.  We're in the room adjecent to where we spent last night.  We've showered all the soot from ourselves, decaff coffee is making on the propane stove for Cliff, and the TV captions are on.

Life is good. 

Tomorrow, we'll head east for sure.


sugarsweet056 said...

Sounds like you're having a wonderful time!!! So nice the two of you could get away. Enjoy EVERY minute dear.
God Bless,

lv2trnscrb said...

seems like a fun day, though, soot and all! glad you could be in the same hotel again; I bet a hot shower and a warm bed is just the ticket for a good night's sleep


grahamfarmga said...

a train ride sounds like fun

chat2missie said...

If I did all the traveling you two have done, I'd be tired also!!  

madcobug said...

Ken was telling me just this week that he wished we both were physically able to go on a train ride. Bet you were glad to get all that soot off though. Good for you getting another cheap clean room. Helen

bookncoffee said...

Oh I love a good train ride.  I know that was fun.

am4039 said...

the train ride sounded great. It sounds like your having a great time.