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Jul 9, 2008 - Salida, Colorado

Salida is really a bigger version of Buena Vista. Both are located near, and surrounded by huge mountains, are on the Arkansas River, and are economically dependent on outdoor activities like rafting, kayaking, bicycling, mountain climbing and fly fishing. This gives both towns a certain attitude, which is similar in some ways to Denver and Moab. Lots of bicycling around town, kayakers everywhere, etc. Salida is a more artsy town, with artsy, craftsy places all over town. It is also enough bigger that it can support more of the amenities...

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Jun 19, 2008 - Vini, Vidi, Vici

Wow, I did it! And I can honestly say I had a smile on my face the whole way. All bronchi apparently functioned and the legs were steady. I now have as trophies the two highest continuously open passes in the US (Donner and Monarch). And now for a little surprise…I have accomplished my personal goal! A couple of days ago on the journey from Grand Junction to Montrose, fellow Three Muskateer Al commented that Route 50 was to be our new home for the next 15 days… I had to pause. Other than climbing the Rockies I would be looking at more days...

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"Retirement" Journey

Apr 29, 2008 - Day 17: Tuesday 29th April, Salida (Lizard Head Pass to Salida)

Last night’s temperature was only minus 7C, not as cold as the Grand Canyon. Plus we were able to see the sunrise over the mountain peaks, which was a first for us. With an early start, we decided to back track a little and sacrifice the last leg Skyway route and head towards Montrose and then east. Today we were up and down mountains like a billy goat, from 10,272, down the hill, along the valley to Ridgway, and then through lovely grazing valley to Montrose. Next it was up and over Monarch Pass 11,312’. Going up, went for 7 miles, with...

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Jul 4, 2007 - End of Day 5 -- Salina, CO

We had a reservation at the "Mountain View" RV park in Canon City, CO but we could see the mountains ahead of us, it was hot and the place did not have much shade, plus, we were hungry and there was NOTHING around to eat. Since it was a ma & pa place, they were closing as we arrived, at 3pm for 4th of July and therefore, the cafe was closed as well. Eric wanted to keep driving and so we did, all the way to Salida, CO. This knocks off about 45 minutes of driving tomorrow. As we were driving in, JoJo was aware of a storm coming in (he HATES...

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Nov 4, 2006 - Snowing in the Rockies

Well it appears that life has gone on for quite a few of you and we, especially Mum, have been forgotten. Is it my entries, have they become too dull? Are you waiting for her to send you two emails before you send her one? Get off your butts people. The woman would like to hear from you. Now on to the last few days events. Diane has been very kind and taken us on an overnight to a cute litle town called Salida. We stayed at a hotel there and managed to have a look around at all the fabulous houses and stores and appreciate the effort that...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

Aug 8, 2006 - The Colorado Rockies

Early July, fresh off the plane from Europe, we returned to Capitol Reef, Utah to retrieve out motorhome and head for higher, cooler territory. A pricey tank of gas later we ended up in the Colorado Rockies near Gunnison, on the west slope above 8,000 feet. Ahhh, cool, green, sparkling, with the sound of rushing water nearby. Just what we had in mind. As you'll see from the photos, we're pretty well established in a very nice, un-crowded spot. It's on the Taylor River, tributary to the Gunnison, near the continental divide about 20 miles...

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Kramers' Odyssey

Jul 14, 2006 - Gunnison to Salida, CO

At sunrise, five cyclists headed out of Gunnison toward the Continental Divide. Pedaling a solid, but manageable pace, the group was quieter than usual. Though the air was cold, everyone was thinking about climbing almost 4,000 feet this morning. Monarch Pass was 45 miles away. Gunnison River Valley was a green postcard as we rode Route 50 East. At mile 31 we reached Sargent, CO. We had gained a thousand feet and now we faced the bottom of the real climb to the pass. Immediately, grades of 6 to 8 percent presented themselves and everyone...

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