We left Michigan on Saturday, December 29, 2018 to be able to get around Chicago before the normal work week began on Monday. Also, no snow yet in Holland so travel will be good in the next few days. Headed west on I80 to Greeley Colorado to see Matt and then traveling south. Doing this even with the predictions of the winter warning in Southern Colorado and in New Mexico.
Estes Park was beautiful but the cold and the snow were starting. Before leaving Matt in Greeley we stopped at the propane company and bought two more 30# LP tanks. The wind had come up tremendously and we wanted to make sure we had the extra insurance the LP would give us, as not to freeze to death, if we were stuck in the cold for a period of time.
What you cannot see here is the smashed SUV against the rocks behind the fire truck. It was a very slippery road. Down hill to boot!
What you cannot see here were the problems that started to happen on the way to Denver. During the night we had our propane generator and one of our water lines freeze. By morning I had to stand on Bob's back, to climb through the skylight above our bed, with a broom, to sweep off the solar panels. The panels were snow covered and unable to generate the power we needed. "Let the adventure begin", had begun!
By the time we got to Albuquerque, NM even Gracie was sick of the cold and inconvenience, she crawled into our bed and laid under the down comforter to get warm. There was about 8" of snow on the ground there. At least their water had heat tape on it! Our water line was froze all the way past Flagstaff. Not sure I want to take that route again.
At this point this sign looked pretty good.