Day 25 - Wed 3 May 06
Breakfast by the poolside, and then on the road by 09:00 - it's just over 80 miles to Denver, so I hit the outskirts by about 10:00. There is a horrible one way system in the city, so I couldn't go up the road I wanted to, and I had to take a bit of a detour. When I finally got to the area I thought the Avis place was I pulled over to have a look at the map. Out of the corner of my eye on a side street I spotted the Red Avis sign. I'm I good or just lucky? No stupid, because as I drove closer I realised that I'd driven right past it on my way into Denver. I just didn't spot the ten foot Avis sign. Oh well! I dropped the car off and got them to drop me off at the Amtrak Station downtown. I packed up my stuff and left it at left luggage, and took the free bus that runs between the station and the Capitol building.
I did the tour of the Capitol Building and saw the Senate and the House of Representatives - Very good, then it was a quick visit to the library to check my e-mail. I'd seen an advert on the back of a tourist map for an Italian so I headed for that for lunch. A great pizza, and Tiramisu for $23.
Then I decided to wander up to Coors Field (Baseball ground), there wasn't a tour, but there was a game on tonight. The guy at the ticket office sold me the cheapest ticket ($4) for a seat on the "rockpile". I should be able to get in and have a look around as the game starts at 18:30, and my train leaves at 19:30. I headed back to the station just to double check my train ticket, and horror of horrors I find out that my reservation is for tomorrow! Argghh! So I decide to stay a night in Denver. I'd found a hotel just around the corner from the station earlier in the day (I'd used their Internet connection), so I headed for that. Bad news, they are full. They suggested the "Jet" around the corner. They did have a room, but at $200 + Tax. After the Bellagio in Vegas I decide to ask to see the room first.
It was a top class room, and after a bit of chat with the receptionist (very nice lady!) I managed to get the room for $200 all in. The room is really a suite with a sitting room including a TV, and DVD/CD player. All very nice. The I headed back to the ball park for the start of the game. I managed to watch the first three innings before the cold, and the rain got to me and I headed back to the hotel to watch the rest of it on TV!
The free buses that run up 16th street are all right hand drive , and I asked one of the drivers why. He explained that all the stops load and unload passengers on the right hand side, so it makes to sit the driver on the right hand side so they can see the doors in the mirror more easily.
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