Miles: 245 miles
Route taken: Route
to Route 491 south to Route 160 west, exit at
The clouds came early and weren’t leaving. I knew it, even if I didn’t want to admit it.
My denial was shaken about 10 miles out of Walsenburg when I ran into a solid gray horizon that seemed to be running to greet me.
In less than two minutes the storm was upon me and threw stinging rain on my arms and face. I pulled over to put on the rain gear and helmet with visor to counter the elements.
Two miles down the road, I was forced to retreat. The rain was heavy, the skies dark and the wind unrelenting. It was too much to take. I decided to go back into town, eat an early lunch and wait the storm out.
An hour after my meal the clouds had broken up enough that I felt confident on continuing.
Highway 160 is a scenic road that twists along southern
The storm was more active the higher I climbed. I had the rain gear on and the little spits of rain didn’t affect me too badly.
By the time I reached
A squall had stopped above me and was unleashing rain that was almost sideways because of the wind. I sat in the gas station for about an hour waiting it out.
Kelloff owned a drive in just outside of town since 1955 and
lived on the property. One day in the mid-60s he got the idea to build
with large windows so people staying at the hotel could watch movies.
The drive in supported the motel in the beginning but with
The hotel now brings in the revenue and Kelloff has decorated
it with a
Between May and mid-September the drive in runs movies nightly. Kelloff is the ticket taker for the two screens, one that serves the hotel and the other for people who come in their cars for a little nostalgia.
There would be no movie on this day. It is early October and my brief respite from the rain is about over. I left the Movie Manor Motel and was reacquainted with the rain and wind.
By the time I reached
I thought if I could just get over the 10,000 foot pass and start declining the rain would slow as well and for the most part it did.
About 40 miles outside of
When I got to the motel, I peeled off the rainsuit and took off my wet clothes. I was going to go into town and have dinner after I got a hot shower.
I got no further than the shower. I put on a pair of gym shorts and a t-shirt and fell asleep on the bed.