8th May 2012 - 10th May 2012
We made an early start from our BLM site and drove the scenic US Highway128 which again was spectacular. It had been a windy night on Monday but fortunately we only encountered one small rock fall in the road and we easily drove around it. We followed the Colorado River for quite a way and then the terrain opened out to give the appearance of plains although the mountains were never out of sight in the distance. We passed cowboys heading off to round up their cattle but apart from that it was desolate. We stopped off for breakfast, again with an amazing view. As we continued on our way Prairie dogs lined the roads taking in the sun’s rays. One dashed in front of Harvey and made it through to the other side but sadly the another one ran straight under the wheels – it was upsetting but unavoidable. We turned onto the I70 and headed east towards Grand Junction in Colorado which was our destination for the night. We soon crossed the state line into our 18th State – Colorado. We reached Walmart’s car park in Grand Junction at lunchtime and did a mega shop and Linda had a long overdue haircut – it was not the best cut and she was not best pleased. When we came out from doing our shopping Seamus noticed a sign stating that there was no overnight parking because of a city ordinance. There were two Walmarts in Grand Junction and so we decided to try the other one. There was no specific sign and whilst we thought that we would be ok we decided to check with Customer Services. The city ordinance also applied here but the lady on the desk said that we should be ok but if challenged we would have to move on or tell them that we were about to shop – that might not be plausible in pyjamas but we thought we would take our chance. We had fancied a Mexican meal and Linda had noticed a nice looking restaurant on the way. We asked the lady in Customer Services where she would recommend and without prompting she recommended the one Linda had spotted. We had the best Mexican meal yet and for a very reasonable price – just $28 including a good tip. As we travelled back to Walmart we were fascinated by the street names – C street, 28 ¾ street, for example. We had an excellent night’s sleep with no disturbances and set off early for Island Acres, James M Robb State Park as we wanted to make the most of having electricity and the internet signal and we also wanted to give Harvey a thorough clean inside and out, cook some meals for the freezer for when we would travel to and visit Badlands in the next week or so and do all the laundry. The park was lovely – huge sites by the Colorado River with mountains behind. We spent the rest of the day working – we were not used to it and found it exhausting, hiking was a doddle compared to doing chores. On Wednesday we spent quite a lot of time on the computer and then it was time to explore. There was a very pleasant walk alongside the Colorado River and we strolled along enjoying the sunshine. We walked around the lakes and kept hearing something going plop. Upon investigation we discovered that there were loads of huge bright green spotted Leopard Frogs that were diving in as we walked passed. It was hot and it should be noted that the temperature was registering 96 degrees F in Harvey.