Keeping the wheels rolling in Colorado

Tuesday, August 2

P1130176Twin Lakes, Leadville, Colorado

Much to show you, much to say . . . .

However, that will have to wait.  The crew and I are moving camp today.  You’re probably wondering why we would leave Clear Creek dispersed camping area after only one week.

That’s a story for another time.

I’ll try to catch us up on recent happenings at our camp and also the lovely places we’ve explored, such as Twin Lakes shown in these photos, as soon as we’re settled in our next camp with internet.


An early start on moving day is always my goal.

So I’ll finish up this post. The crew and I are almost ready to “hit the road”   I hope we’ll be back on the blog soon!



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83 Responses to Keeping the wheels rolling in Colorado

  1. Kristi & Daisie (Nampa, ID) says:

    Short and sweet. 🙂

  2. Pam and Maya, Still in NY says:


  3. Jeff (AZ) says:

    Closest to the top I’ve ever been.

  4. Linda (Wisconsin) says:

    Seem to be five, way to thrive.

  5. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy says:

    Good morning. Early today?

  6. Linda (Wisconsin) says:

    Curious to hear the tale. This seemed like such an idyllic spot.

  7. Pookie in Todd Mission, tx says:

    whoo hoo…a new post… I’ll go back and read….
    cant tell ya’ll how much I look forward to these……….
    thanks, Sue…

  8. Fuji-maru says:

    Hi! blogorinos. Almost top, heh, he…

  9. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Well, safe travels my friend!
    Hugs from Hoquiam!

  10. Judy in East Texas says:

    Rvsue and crew….so much anticipation…..can’t wait for the rest of the story.

    Be safe out there and rock on my friend, judy

    • Linda from Oregon says:

      Can’t wait to hear the rest of the story. Thanks for letting us know so we don’t worry that you might be out of touch for a bit.

  11. Jean in Southaven says:

    at least half way to top today. Wonderful pictures. look forward to the next.

  12. Pam N in Wisconsin says:

    Like the way a suspenseful tv episode ends…leaves us wanting to know what happens next.

  13. Mindy Reed says:

    Love it ~ Used to live in Leadville ~ 10,500 feet!

  14. Reine in Plano (when not camping) says:

    My guess is she’s moving because the “dispersed” camping over the weekend was more like a city with very little peace and quiet. It will be interesting to hear the tale.

  15. Dawn in MI says:

    Sure looks beautiful there. Will be interested as to why you’re leaving it so soon. I’m here at the lake in Alabama. Family has gone home. I have the house and this piece of the lake pretty much to myself. I know what you mean about weekenders…no sense even going out on the lake on the weekend. But today I had a peaceful kayak ride with no other boats out there. Because it’s Tuesday. 🙂 I’m lucky to have this place.

  16. Millie says:

    Another cliff hanger…can’t wait to hear the tale!!

  17. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Safe travels, dear Sue and Crew!! 🙂

    Sending you all hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  18. Deena in Phoenix, AZ says:

    Anticipation: a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen.
    The Adventure continues and the Blogorinos wait patiently.
    Safe trip.

    Deena and Miss Mollie

  19. Suzan in Atlanta says:

    Oh, we adore Twin Lakes. We have a photo very similar to your first photo, but taken in the fall. I look forward to hearing more about your adventure.

  20. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Thanks for letting us know! Safe travels…

  21. Knowing you’re in and around Leadville proves you, the dogs, the PTV and BLT are all handling those Colorado roads and elevations just fine! Safe travels!

  22. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    Hi Sue, safe travels. Looking forward to “That’s a story for another time”.

  23. Safe travel to you and the crew! Look forward to seeing your new camp.

  24. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Oh, this is a cliff hangar!! Can’t wait to find out what happened and what’s happening!

  25. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Safe travels, Sue & Crew! I hate being in suspenders!

  26. Ilse Beijen says:

    Can’t wait for the next post.

  27. Cat Lady in Baton Rouge says:

    Sue, here’s an article re. Altitude and Its Affects and What You Can Do About It:

    Maybe the article will help you and others. Take care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Cat Lady. The crew and I are doing quite well now in higher places. Went through another mountain pass today– It was a “breeze.” 🙂

  28. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Sue: I wanted to make you aware of something I just read on Nina’s Wheeling It site – I’ll just quote her: “One of the many tools we use to keep track of stuff like this [wildfires] is WunderMap, both the free interactive browser version and the app. It has a special “active fires” layer that not only shows you where the active fires are, but also the extent and density of their smoke clouds -> very handy for planning.” You may already know about this tool and use it, but I thought I’d pass it along in case you don’t, or in case some of the blogorinos may find it useful as they travel in areas that are subject to wildfires.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Cynthia. I have used that site, although not regularly. I have to be careful about how much data I use. I’m glad you posted it as this is the time of year we need to be aware of the forest fire situation.

  29. retiredcajunlady 'n Louisiana says:

    Gorgeous pictures! Safe travels for you all.

  30. weather says:

    About half of your time on Clear Creek was wonderful. The rest, well…makes good blogging material 🙂 ! I guess at the end of any day, going to sleep in your little home with you and the crew healthy and together is a sweet blessing. Thank you for taking the time this morning to let us see them enjoying life,give us news and a hint of the story for another time.

  31. AZ Jim says:

    Safe travels Missy….

  32. Mertinkentucky says:

    I am getting sooooo excited looking at ” new homes ” my first stop i think is going to be nashville to do some boot scootin booging 😉 first i must buy a home with wheels. Well first i must decide what i want…. gosh, i have so much to learn. …oh but so excited. Safe travels y’all peace and love.
    Mert and miss asia mae

    • Geri says:

      Mertinkentucky, if you are going to Nashville, you might want to wander over to Howenwold (sp?) TN where the Oliver Travel Trailers are made! You can call for an appointment. An Oliver is a Casita on Steroids. Chuck and I have had both and enjoyed both.

  33. Virginia620 (Mobile AL) says:

    I have a post in your last blog post about Keen shoes awaiting moderation approval. Would you please delete as the links I supplied are incomplete. TIA,,

  34. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hello, Blogorinos!

    I’m writing this from our new camp! We will stay here one night and push onward tomorrow. I’ll write a new post before we leave in the morning. I don’t want the blog to get too far behind real time.

    Today was one of those days that seems unreal when recalling it. I’m trying to think of the perfect word to describe the drive. I’ll go with “stupendous” because frequently I was “stupefied” by the magnificent scenery.

    If I never see another day in Colorado, I feel that now I have viewed her essence … her mountains, rivers, streams, meadows, glorious trees — oh what trees! Going around a rocky cliff face with mountains peaks high above and a canyon so deep it made me dizzy.

    What a day! The crew and I even went through a pass at 10,000+ feet without any problem!

    Well, I just dropped in to let you know we arrived safely and a new post is planned for tomorrow.

    Wishing you a good night,

    • We hope you took some fantastic photos of this days trip, love to see it,,, have a pleasant evening and sleep good for tomorrow’s move Sue,,,,,, Rusty n Piper

    • Larry in AR says:

      Sounds like Independence Pass, but at 12,000 ft. I don’t know…. Look forward to photos.

      • edlfrey says:

        I doubt that Sue went across CO82 and over Independence Pass. If she had I think she would have been bragging about going over a pass that was over 12,000′ rather than a mere 10,000’+. HA

        I think it is much more likely that she was writing about Tennessee Pass on US24 north of Leadville. I have been over it by bicycle and after climbing to Leadville the pass was a non-event.

    • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

      I am so envious as I sit here in my office yearning for the open road to see the many wonders of this great country!

    • I’m going to hazard a guess that you went over Independence Pass? Or if you went the other way out of Leadville and hit I70 and went east it would be Vail Pass. Tomorrow we will be heading over Vail Pass (westward) to end up in Snowmass Village for the Scottish Festival this weekend. I’m so glad you are enjoying Colorado. I’ve lived here 13 years and haven’t scratched the surface of it’s wonders. In September, I will be retiring and will be able to do more wandering.

      • edlfrey says:

        I don’t think Sue would go out of her way, so to speak, to drive on the Interstate. Independence Pass is 12,000′ which would have given her bragging rights. I still say she went over 10,424′ Tennessee Pass on US24 north of Leadville.

        If she “went the other way out of Leadville and hit I70 and went east it would be Vail Pass” . That would mean she was on US24 and would have summited Tennessee Pass first before reaching I-70.

  35. Kitt NW WA says:

    Glad you are tucked in for the night. I am looking forward to your next post to see where you have been and where you will land again.
    We have just skirted the edges of Colorado in our journeys. After seeing your incredible photos, we will definitely have to go back!

  36. ApplegirlNY says:

    Have a lovely and peaceful night and safe travels in the morning.

  37. rvsueandcrew says:


    The post I promised for today has been written. Unfortunately, I must have hit a key that caused the entire post, photos and all, to be thrown into the trash bin of cyberspace where it has been shredded and turned into toxic waste.

    It was a complicated post and I’m not in a state of mind to rewrite it this morning. Plus we need to check out of the campsite and move on down the road. This day can only get better!

    I hope all is well with you. If we have internet at our next camp, I’ll be back later today.


  38. casitagirl says:

    Love ya, Sue! Happy Travels.

  39. AZ Jim says:

    Wait a minute teach, the dog ate your homework? Come on now. J/K It sucks when that happens, it has happened to me too. We have patience….*smile*

  40. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Hi y’all!

  41. Fuji-maru says:

    Hi! RVSue and Crew,
    Co82 and US24, both routes look gr8 scenic roads. I can’t wait for your photos on the next post!

    I hope for the best restoration of your lost post, with your impressive words.

  42. weather says:

    Hi, Sue, I hope that you and the crew started this new day well rested somewhere lovely. May whatever you set out to do-drive somewhere, write a post or just relax at your current campsite-bring results that please you. A friend and I are meeting for breakfast and a visit on the lakeshore before the afternoon’s higher temps come . I’ll check back in here after that.

    • weather says:

      Our visit yesterday ended up lasting until early evening because we found cool places along the waterfront to stay comfortable in.Wishing you and the crew a day as lovely, Sue.I hope everything falls into place just right for you to enjoy it.

  43. pdxjen says:

    I bought a Carl Jrs Turkey burger and shared it with my dog and it made me think of you.

    Good luck finding new camps.

  44. Bob G says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I spent about 6 weeks in the Buena Vista area in 2013, and I have a few suggestions, providing things haven’t changed too much.

    1. The best free wifi in BV is at Wally Lala’s laundromat, right down an alley from Hwy 24, opposite the park. The city library is ok, but slow.

    2. Best breakfast and lunch anywhere in the area is at the Evergreen Cafe, about two blocks north of the park on Hwy 24.

    3. There is a nice BLM area on the east side of Hwy 24 along the Arkansas River, a mile of so south of the Clear Creek Dam. There are a few rough spots on the way in, so try looking it over in the van before dragging the BLT in there, but the campsites are secluded and right on a small bluff above the river. You can stay two weeks for free.

    4. About 10 miles west of town on 306, you will find Cottonwood Hot Springs. A great place to while away an afternoon in the various pools, and dry off resting in the shade of trees. Dunno about the dogs. This place will slow you right down.

    5. About 20 miles west of town on 306, there are a series of modest but free campsites along the creek, complete with beaver dams. Some of them are a little hard to turn around in once you get down in there, but many are easy. When in doubt, park on the side of the road and walk in to check it out. They are below the road, and very quiet at night. A few fishermen walk through during the day, but the area is lightly used. If you don’t like the first one you see, keep looking along the road. There will be others.

  45. Joyce Sutton says:

    I must vent to someone who understands. My beloved almost vintage 99 tioga is in need of more repair thAn feasable for me. Moan and much tears. Can’t really afford moter homes so we have purchased older rigs and repaired. In the 80s we had a 70 model and upgraded to an 80s rig in the 90s. Then to a 94 which we sold in 2012 and purchased this 99 we loved. My husbands health will no longer allow him to upkeep and repair. We have been stationary for 2 yrs awaiting the progressing end. He has been helping me gradually pay others to keep it up but I have surrendered to the inevitable that without his income I will not be able to keep it or full time in it as planned. It’s the death of a dream for me. I share the rest of my frustration on the next post as I’m mad and nearly screaming disappointed with my own limitations that should be overcome

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      I understand your frustration, Joyce. **hugs**

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Our dreams seem to be sliding away too…tis not easy growing older…but if plan A goes away…go for plan B…and if plan B goes away…go for plan C…

      Maybe there is a way we can find to keep some parts of our dreams…at least a little bit…hang in there!!

      • Joyce Sutton says:

        Plan B is a problem. I can afford a smaller used trailer. And will sell some other stuff be able to upgrade to a usable tow but I have that disability to back one up. The probability of finding a usable class B is almost nil. They usually cost more than a class C. I have boat attached to ranger now and have tried for 2 days. I have actually turned it around in a city lot without jack knife. That’s it. I can’t get going any directions not even straight back. My hands are on the bottom of the steering wheel. I hold steady and straight back. It goes to the right. I pull forward and get it straight turn whelk to left. It goes right. Pull up turn wheel to right it goes right. I would like to think that old boat has a lisp. This isn’t my first rodeo with a trailer. I’ve lived on a farm all my life. Hay trailers and I can’t hit the barn door. Wood trailers forget it. Feed stores and the owners send there their 14 yr old out to back my trailer to the dock. I can pull one forward to kingdom come and pre think stops and gas stations etc but back it up. Uhuh I pick up the boat 2 days ago from dry dock. It’s for sale now too with the moterhome. I practice til I cry parking it. Son saw it and asked where I wanted it and look surprised and kinda snorted when I said I would do it. DH says I have to unhitch but I say he doesn’t really need this truck He is no longer able to drive. I go back and think wheelbarrow. But the same result.

  46. DesertGinger says:

    Just a quick check-in. I’m in NY for two weeks, attending class. Staying with my friend Charmel. Flying with all my equipment was quite an experience; not something I will want to do often. But hey, I don’t know if I told you guys…my last 6minute walk test I did better! He said rehab was helping me! So maybe I can get better enough to get off this oxygen. At least I hope so.

    So I hope you are all well and good, and I’m off to get ready for school. Ta-ta.

    • Virginia620 (Mobile AL) says:

      Did you fly or Drive? If you flew, I’m curious how you handled the oxygen Issue? My hubby on oxygen 24/7 and we’re want to take a trip to AZ but really haven’t done any investigating the O2/flying issues. TIA. ☺

  47. 11Blade says:

    Thanks for the idea about cell phone snaps of stupid people doing stupid things. And, off that topic, how are you faring with keeping the woodland creatures out of the Casita? My Winnebago has become mouse-party central since the move up Mt. Shavano. I probably should have broke out the traps (humane) sooner. The first few days it was standing room only in the Lil Pete boxes. Now I’m down to 2-4 per trap…..and, I’m hoping the FreshCab and peppermint oil things I got at TrueValue in Salida will keep them from coming back.

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