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We left the KOA campground in Fort Collins, Colorado on the morning of August 21st and headed north up Highway 287 for Laramie, Wyoming to catch Interstate 80 west for Idaho. It’s an amazing drive through the high plains and valleys nestled on the eastside of the Rocky Mountains.

I didn’t really think about it much until I saw a few signs along the way that we were riding along The Overland Trail. From Fort Collins at an elevation of 5,003 feet we drove up to Livermore then further up the road a few miles climbing to 7,034 feet above sea level through Virginia Dale past the old community church in use since 1880 and by the old abandoned Virginia Dale Cafe and Post Office.

Virginia Dale, Colorado Community Church

Virginia Dale, Colorado Community Church

The history here is amazingly rich and I had no recollection of how famous this area was back in the late 1800’s... Virginia Dale is about 4 miles south of the Wyoming border and was established in 1862. It was a stopping point on the Overland Trail Stage route and the Pony Express. Samuel Clemens came through here and so did Wild Bill Hickok driving stagecoach. The famous Musgrove Gang stole horses and rustled cattle here in 1868 and got lynched for it by vigilantes from the Larimer Street bridge in Denver.

My greater concern (or fear) however would soon be faced. I’m not at my best facing extreme heights while seeing vast distances and depths while rocked about in a pickup truck with a 28 foot travel trailer by high cross winds being passed on blind corners with 6% grades by insane drivers doing about 80 miles an hour. ~ just sayin'

The old abandoned Virginia Dale Cafe and Post Office

Virginia Dale Cafe and Post Office

Thank goodness Keith was driving this stretch. I kept my eyes down and glued to the iPad on my lap running navigator :O) for many many miles as we went up and over the Continental Divide with a rapid and constant dialogue between me and my maker. Several promises came forth and many were about the things I'd accomplish if only I survived this day and made it home alive.

I think it was about Montpelier, Idaho just across the Wyoming border when I finally started breathing regular again and returned to taking in the sites around sunset.

In closing... Let me try to tie this little story to real estate. I’ll never ever think about it quite the same way ever again when I hear someone say (or me either for that matter), “I want to move to a place where I got plenty of open space away from people and the hustle and bustle and traffic!”

I'll have to qualify that statement from this day forward. Through parts of Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and Idaho, I can’t believe how many miles and miles there can actually be between homes. It’s all a matter of perspective, I guess.

And finally, it’s Friday and I’m home... I don’t take my promises lightly, especially those I've made to my maker, so I'll move along now and get busy on a few of them...

Have a wonderful Labor Day holiday weekend!

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Hi Patrick White ... Thank you  and you and your family have a great holiday weekend too! Thanks for stopping by!

Sep 04, 2015 11:48 AM #4
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Thanks Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner ! You just never know what your gonna learn on a road trip ;O)

Sep 04, 2015 11:49 AM #5
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat ... We broke down in Nebraska and I have to say some of the nicest people I've ever met are in Nebraska! They were so accomodating, kind, cared, and fun to be around... Thanks again... Love my iPiccy for the bottom pic! Thought it fun with both to cast a little historicalness :O) Thanks so very much for the feature!

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Rene Fabre great photos! The Overland Trail looks familiar to me. Sorry to hear you broke down in Nebraska, but happy to hear Nebraska people are the nicest. America is a big land. Thanks for sharing your road trip, 

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 Good Saturday morning René. The Overland Trail is familiar as I have been on some of it.

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good morning Rene. Your story is telling and your pictures terrific. What a trip.

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Sounds like a great drive with beautiful scenery all around, I would like to take trips like this eventually.

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Hi Pamela Seley ... Thanks! This area and especially the little community church has been photographed a lot and has been seen in many publications and movies. 

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Thanks Michael Thornton ... I had a lot of fun between discoveries on the trip about the Lewis & Clark Trail, the Overland Trail, Pony Express, and Route 66. We really drove through a lot of history and Americana!

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Hi Sheila Anderson ... Thanks! Funny, at first it seemed like it would be such a long trip. I don't usually take very long vacations. But, as it turned out, this one went by so fast! Only wish I would have had more time. There were so many many spots along the way where I asked, "I wonder where that road goes?" It would have been fun to follow them.

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Hi Brian England ... I was in my 20's the last time I took a big road trip. That was a few years ago now. For years I mostly took a plane and flew into town. I really enjoyed driving and loved the sense of space between destinations. Getting there was 1/2 the fun. Do it! :O)

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Hi Rene -- love the black and white photos and your perspective on life on the road.   As for those wide open spaces, nice to visit but I like the city life --- maybe I'm more Lisa than Oliver (Green Acres reference).   

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Good morning Rene. We have been through that part of the country on a couple of our camping trips, always very special. Thanks for sharing some of the history.

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Hi Michael Jacobs ... I tend to agree with you. I am what I am what I am... I love the wide open spaces, but the city is my home.

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Hi Joe Petrowsky ... Thanks! I'm such a coastal guy and used to seeing the Cascade Mountains. It was good for me to get beyond eastern Washington and over the Rockies.

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René - I felt like I was right there with you and your story.  But what a great adventure.

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Rene

Looks like a great drive . . . .

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

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Thanks Grant Schneider ... It really was a great adventure!

Hi Lou Ludwig ... Thank you... 5400+ miles :O) Great way to see America!

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Rene, this is a part of the world where, when I'm flying to Seattle, I have to resist a strong urge to request a parachute and jump out!  

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Agreed Pat Patricia Kennedy ... Like driving and seeing a road and asking, "I wonder that goes?" It would be so cool if we could hit the pause button and parachute in to do a little exploring.

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