Over the last few days we took a short (500+ miles) side trip to the Denver area to visit relatives. Found a very reasonably priced Elks lodge RV campground northwest of Denver with a very nice and very helpful host. Good spot to branch out from. RV and car gas at Costco – gas was 20 cents/gal cheaper than anywhere else. Spent part of an afternoon wandering around Golden, CO. Nice town. Dinner with my cousin Suey at a restaurant overlooking the river that supplies the water that goes into Coors beers.
Morning of next day was interesting. First we spent an hour or more clearing the clogged toilet in the RV. Not a fun task. And an apprehensive one. Will it clear? If not what then? Could be VERY messy. And when it clears it is very anticlimactic. It is clogged and then whump it isn’t. Then spent nearly an hour replacing burned out headlight with no idea of how it was put together. Spent much needless effort taking things apart before I figured out how it was designed for bulb replacement. Then had to put things together again and finally replace bulb. Finally another hour or so replacing the water pump for the house plumbing. Check valve went out in the old one. Fortunately we found a very well stocked RV parts store only five minutes from where we were parked. New pump works great. Took a shower about noon.
After lunch we went back to Golden to take the Coors brewery tour. Waited in line for nearly an hour to take bus to the brewery tour site. Tour is self guided with audio wands. Somewhat interesting but very impersonal and very crowded. End of tour is a pub where you can have a glass of three different beers. Pub was so crowded and so noisy we stopped at one sample each. The tour we had back east of Anhauser Bush brewery was far more enjoyable, interesting, and educational. Beer was better too. After the tour we headed north of Denver to Thornton. First objective, a quilt shop . Then a little farther north to see cousins Tim and Wendy and their family. Very pleasant evening visiting with them then back toward Denver to the carbus. Happened to be a Bronco preseason game that night. Saw freeway signs saying parking was full but we were on road after kickoff so traffic was not bad.
Now we are back in Grand Junction. Oil change, gas up, and to campground to get ready to continue our Four Corners adventure.