Intro/ Day 1
After a lot of "will we, won't we" get there moments for various reasons during the build up to our trip and it finally happened, I would like to share our experience with you. This is our second RV trip to the USA and the plan was to see the Rocky mountains, tour Colorado and head back into Utah to see some of the places we didn't get to see on our first trip, such as Canyonlands, Arches and Mesa Verde, before heading to Four corners and into New Mexico and back through Colorado to Denver, completing the loop.
You can see our starting itinerary here and the advice I was offered. [Thanks fellas].
At 4am on the morning of Sun 27th Sept we left home for the airport to catch our 7.45am flight to Denver via Chicago. Originally it was booked as a direct flight but airline cut backs resulted in us having to change planes as our original flight no longer existed.
On arrival in Chicago we had little time to make our connection which wasn't made any easier by the fact we had to get from Terminal 5 to term 1, security check in was a nightmare and I was still recovering from a bad back injury. Hobbling across the airport with my boots still in my hand and my back killing me, we were greeted by a woman clapping her hands shouting "Hurry hurry, hurry up !" [If looks could kill Lol !]
At least we made the connection and arrived in Denver on time, well the 4 of us and 3 of our suitcases did, the other suitcase was missing. The airport said they would send it on to the Hotel later when it was located, during which time we missed our shuttle bus to the Hotel and had to wait another hour. A long, tiring day but we were happy to be here !
[ Tip ] It's always worth packing suitcases with half and half contents so if this happens to you, you don't need to go out in your wife's dress or her in your suit for the evening, luckily Simon and Louise had done this.]
The Hotel we chose didn't have great reviews but it was near to the airport, offered a free shuttle and I was pleasantly surprised. It's not in a great location for a long stay, but it was great value for an overnight stop.
A nice view [and poor photo] of Cherry creek state park and downtown Denver from the room.
It was around 3pm [local time] when we arrived at the Hotel and to get our body's adjusted to the time difference we had decided we would head straight out rather than crashing out, so we called a cab and went to the Cherry creek shopping mall before eating in the "Cherry cricket" bar. Good food and a great atmosphere, although hard to appreciate having been up for almost 24 hours. A couple of cold beers to celebrate Simon and Louise's 1st anniversary [our Son and DIL] and it was back to the Hotel for a hot drink and it's time for bed.
Much to our disappointment the missing suitcase hasn't arrived, which is worrying as we are on the road at 10.30am.