- Friday, March 08, 2002

Here is a quick summary of our trip so far:

Week of Feb. 25th:

Wednesday we departed Dallas for beautiful Dalhart, TX (don't ask) and ran into unseasonably cold North Texas weather with howling winds. Our VW van (Heimo) performed flawlessly, despite the winter weather. Had Heimo come with a sail installed to harness some of the wind power, we would have seen better than the abismal 9 mpg (normal 17-18 mpg!). As we found out during Heimos' maiden voyage, the bread box on wheels design (those crazy Germans) was not destined for 40 mph North Texas side winds. Either way, we have to admit nothing beats the all inclusive mini-home on wheels. It's great to be able to pull a soda or snack from kitchen while driving or pull over for lunch at eat off the table. We are looking forward to camping out extensively when the weather warms up.

Our stay in Dalhart was uneventful, as expected, and we continued our journey up to Colorado. Part of our journey in the US is figuring out where we might like to live after the trip. We drove up through New Mexico to Colorado Springs (CS), without any troubles even though we encountered a pretty vicious storm with extremely low temps and lots of snow (very unusual east of the Rockies in March). Unfortunately, we weren't able to camp out in our VW van (Heimo) due to the ridiculously low temps which were hovering around 0 degrees.

The first stop was Colorado Springs, where we enjoyed finest in late evening cuisine at "The Waffle House". The next day we toured around CS and went to the library to use the Internet and do a little research on CS as a place to live. Later that afternoon we traveled to our next stop in Colorado - Denver.

Thankfully, the second hotel we found in Denver had heat. Our first hotel choice seemed perfect due to it's prime location across from REI, with a great view of downtown. The problems started in the parking lot, when an overzealous hotel guest (an aging New Wave wannabee complete with the "Flock of Seagulls" haircut, who seemed to be a permanent hotel resident) decided to offer to park Heimo for us. After blowing him off, he seemed to appear out of thin air for a chat everytime we left the room. We decided to take a trip to our Mecca (REI), as we were confident that the sub-freezing temps in the room would warm up by getting the heater going. Little did we know that there was a water leak making for a nice sized ice skating rink in the bathroom area of the room (looks like the heater wasn't working after all). So we switched rooms (the guy at the hotel counter, much to his own amazement said, "That room was flooded too??). What a winner of a hotel!

It ends up the heater in our second room didn't work either, and Chuy had frost on her snout when we returned from dinner. After little deliberation, we made the move to another, much newer hotel complete with a kitchen. After again touring around town for a day, we decided that Denver was a little to big as a potential home city. We do like Colorado, but are looking for a smaller city??? Boulder, Ft. Collins, CS??

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