Summer 2016 - Pacific Coast Here We Come travel blog

Heading toward Monarch Pass

Gaining Altitude

Lots of Snow

Starting back Down

Lunch Stop

Looking South

Blue Mesa Reservoir

Crossing Point

Reservoir Scenery

"Cool Place"

Heading toward Montrose

Getting Dryer

Heading North

Wide Open Spaces

Downtown Grand Junction


Route 50 continued to provide outstanding scenery as we headed west through Salida and climbed toward Monarch Pass. We cleared the pass with snow on both sides of the road at over 11,000 feet and then descended into Gunnison. After driving through Gunnison we followed 50 as it bordered and crossed the Blue Mesa Reservoir.

Although we had driven this route seven years ago it did not fail to impress again. The scenery continued to be excellent until we reached Montrose and the highway turned to the North. At that point the landscape turned to a flatter desert view with only the cliffs to the north as scenery. There only remained the snow capped mountain range in our rear view mirrors as remnants of the great drive that had stretched from Canon City to Montrose.

The final leg of today's drive saw route 50 meeting Business I-70 in Grand Junction and then following I-70 for a short six miles to Fruita and the Monument RV Resort. We are in a nice pull through site with full hookups and satellite TV. However we have two issues. First, and more importantly, the passenger side slide out won't extend and that could lead to some serious change in plans. In addition, as we were driving to dinner, Sue spotted a crack in the Honda's windshield that will require a repair.

Such is the life of a full timer.

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