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Jun 11, 2018 - Silverton

Silverton “There’s no gold in them there hills, but we have silver by the ton!”, that’s how Silverton got its name. A quaint little former mining town that boasts a Harley Davidson – at the highest elevation in the world. After a recommendation from the Harley worker, we headed down the street for some lunch at Handlebars. Entering in the door you are immediately taken back in time to the saloons made popular by the miners in the area. The wooden floors are original and the walls are hand hewn logs displaying a menagerie of animals, teeth...

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Westward Ho 2018

Jun 10, 2018 - Telluride

Telluride “To hell you ride” a slogan given to this remote mountain town before the laying of the San Juan Highway. Snaking along the valley of the mountain today the ride is easy with long expanses of (semi) straight roads, cresting the Dallas Divide at 8,970 feet, and swooping curves following streams gushing with clear, crisp mountain waters. The red rock rising up from the valley is dotted with spruce trees clinging tenuously to the rock. It never ceases to amaze me how nature will find a way to survive in the bleakest of conditions....

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Westward Ho 2018

Jun 9, 2018 - Ouray

Ouray To say that today’s ride was exhilarating would definitely be an understatement. We headed south from camp to the town of Ouray. Oh, my goodness, what a quaint western town! The town is located on the side of the mountain near the valley of the San Quan Mountain range. No horizontal surfaces here, every structure built into the side of the mountain. As we entered the grocery store the entrance and 10 feet or so into the store the rock walls spoke of times changed by human hands. Further into the store man’s hand was quite evident. We...

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Jun 8, 2018 - Heart of the Rockies

Heart of the Rockies We packed everything up and said our goodbyes to 10,000’ elevation, the place we had called home for the past week. We left Cripple Creek late morning and made our way westward. Heading out on highway 24 we encountered some climbs and some curves. The easy-going drive led us through Wilkerson Pass at 9,500 feet and in the distance a horizon of snow-capped mountains loomed ahead. Passing through an open area, barren of green life and relatively flat, we saw homesteads of nothing more than a travel trailer in the middle...

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Jul 28, 2017 - Ouray CO 2

We rented our 2017 Jeep Rubicon, "Goldie", and picked it up last evening before we drove to Yankee Boy Basin. Ken really tested out his driving skill today as we drove Corkscrew Gulch, Hurricane Pass, California Pass, and part of Engineers Pass as we completed the Alpine Loop back to Ouray. The rain hit us hard in the afternoon just as we were at the most treacherous part of the road. These old mining roads are not generous on space! On our return to Ouray, we drove out Camp Bird Road again, this time going to Sydney Basin. The basin next...

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Jul 27, 2017 - Ouray CO 1

Ouray is another quaint western town that shrinks to a population of 1000 once the snows come at the end of October. The Uncompaghre Mountains still have a lot of their snow. Ouray calls itself the Jeep Capital of the U.S. - they at least compete with Moab, Utah for that title. Ouray is just east, over the mountains, from Telluride. One does not drive between the two easily, however. The roads to the flowers here are seriously rugged. We drove to Ridgeway today, drove along the Dallas Divide, and part way up Last Dollar Road. In the...

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Jul 17, 2016 - Ouray CO

July 16 Did a day trip to Telluride today. Telluride was once a mining town and is now a ski area. Like Ouray it is in a valley surrounded by mountains on three sides. We went up to Mountain Village which is an area half way up the south mountain. There are a number of hotels and condos where the rich people go when then ski. July 17 Today was an all day jeep tour day for me. Dianna did not go as an off road trip would be too hard on her bad back. So she stayed around the campground with Cody for the day. We rode in a 6 person jeep. I had...

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Jul 15, 2016 - Ouray CO

July 14 Moved from Durango to Ouray today. The truck got a real workout dragging the trailer up and down those steep grades but she got it done. The campground is really nice located adjacent to the Uncompahgre River. There is a river walk trail and our site is large with a clear south facing location so the satellite works. July 15 Did some exploring today retracing some of our route from yesterday but this time without the trailer. Stopped at a number of pullouts to take photos of the scenery. Tomorrow we take a day trip to Telluride.

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Aug 19, 2015 - Off to Colorado for a special Jeep Ride

Today we are getting a late start as we only have about 140 miles to drive to go to Ouray, Colorado where tomorrow we will take a Jeep Ride over the top of Black Bear Pass from Ouray to Teluride, Colorado. Dick chose to take the back roads over to Ouray and what a ride it was! We took Utah Rt. 46 East from about 30 miles south of Ouray. It is a narrow two lane road with lots of twists and turns. That becomes Colorado Rt 90, again a very narrow two lane road that climbs over mountains and into valleys with beautiful scenery but some scarry...

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Aug 10, 2015 - Continuing on

Beautiful ride from Gunnison to Ouray, as luck would have it after about an hour here it rained; continued into the night. However the next day was overcast but no rain so we headed to Silverton to wander around eat lunch and watch the Durango to Silverton train arrive. It's amazing how a small town and increase in population when the passengers disembark, sort of like ants swarming. It became cooler, I think the high was about 48, fortunately we all brought jackets. Nice day and nice drive even though it was overcast, able to sit out...

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Aug 13, 2014 - Ouray

We spent the last 2 nights camped outside of Silverton once above on hwy 2 and then up towards the ski area. We started to drive up the alpine loop to animas forks to camp. The road got too scary so we turned around and found the ski mtn rd to camp.Bill made excellent burritos with smoked cheddar, olathe corn and beef! We hiked up the road about a mile straight up to an old mine and found boletes but not the kind we will eat. Headed back down thru Silverton and got a growler of beer at the Avalanche and drove back to Ouray.We are sitting at...

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Jun 19, 2014 - 4 wheelin'

Ouray, CO We spent the day with San Juan Jeep Tours. Our driver, Kent, took us in the morning up to Corkscrew Basin. It is an open jeep and we were above the snowline so it was cold. Fortunately the company provides blankets. Some of the “roads” we went on really pushed the definition. Even the jeep’s heavy duty 4-wheel drive was not enough, however, to take us all the way to the pass – too much snow. During the ride we were able to spot a tiny fawn, so small it looked like it was a newborn. We also saw a doe later. Since we could not go to...

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Rail Days 2014

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