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Sep 8, 2013 - Day 8 - The boys are back in town

Day 8: The Boys Are Back In Town. After yesterday’s excitement and being that today was “halftime” of sorts for this trip, I decided to take a more “leisurely approach” to my activities. I slept in, watched the sun come up over the mountain and sat for a while in my camp chair reading my book and writing this foolishness. After 7 days of hard riding in all kinds of temperatures and weather, my two pairs of underwear and three t-shirts were all standing up by themselves over by a tree keeping the bears at bay. I had given some of them...

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Sep 7, 2013 - Day 7 - The most terrifying thing I've ever done

Day 7: The Most Terrifying Thing I’ve Ever Done The sun came over the mountain at 0700. It was a chilly 39 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. My first thought was to hide and wait for it to warm up but I had an agenda. I wanted to have a look at Black Bear Pass. Morning at camp Black Bear Pass is considered the “Double Black Diamond” of off-road trails for motorcycles. It’s a steep, rocky climb with many steps or “ledges” to climb or circumvent to the very high pass at 12, 840 feet. But the pass gets it’s notoriety from the descent into...

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Sep 7, 2013 - Telluride and Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway

Today was another day of beautiful sights. We started out the day driving to Telluride. Of course, for us Florida "flat-landers" all the highways are scenic here beacause there are mountains everywhere!! Telluride is like Mount Dora on steroids. The weather was perfect, low 70's and sunny. We stopped at the visitor's center and got maps and information on what to see and do. It was quite busy today because there was a foot race that was ending in Telluride and had started in Ouray. This was on rough terrain and at an altitude of over...

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Jul 24, 2013 - Last Dollar Road

We went on another “incredible” scenic drive today, this time to Telluride, it actually ended right at the Telluride Airport. We didn’t take the usual highways, we took the 19 miles short cut on the rustic Last Dollar Road. :-) Bumpy, colorful, vast and adventurous, this hidden dirt road in historic ranching country gives stunning rewards for those willing the take the time to get around the bend. It took us over three hours. We even passed by the farm where Mattie lived in the movie “True Grit” with John Wayne. The whole area was...

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Jun 9, 2013 - Telluride & "Sophia" The Gondola Dog

We had one of those "WOWSER" days today. We drove over to Telluride and rode the gondola over to Mountain Village. When we started to get on the gondola a man with a HUGE dog asked us if we would mind having him and his dog ride with us. We told him we would be happy to have them. We told him how we had taken Ollie on rides with us in gondolas before too. :-) Well, we found out he and Sophia are well known in the area. Sophia is allowed to run down the mountain from St. Sophia where the gondola stops half way between Telluride and Mountain...

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Jun 12, 2012 - Matterhorn NF Campground

We arrived at Matterhorn NF Campground at Trout Lake near Telluride on June 12th from Cortez and departed to Montrose on June 15th. The detailed description of our activities in this area will be in our next entry titled Cortez to Montrose, dated June 15. The map location shown for this stop is for Telluride.

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May 16, 2012 - Telluride, Colorado

Monday, May 14, 2012 - Telluride I awoke at 7:45, but it was too cold (47 inside), so I turned on the furnace and went back to bed until it warmed the motor home up. When I got up, it was still only 58 degrees, but the sun was shining completely on the RV, causing it to warm up within an hour. I studied my maps and discovered that I am still about 35 miles from Telluride, so will drive over and see what there is to see. Well, after writing and posting my blog, sorting and tweaking all of the photos, uploading them, which took forever, it...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Riding the "Last Dollar Road"

Today we ventured out for scenic road trip on a back road called "Last Dollar". It runs out of Ridgeway North of Ouray and ends at Telluride. It's one of those roads that won't rattle your teeth. Majority of it is smoother than my driveway back home. It cuts through several large ranches and climbs up to 9000 feet and ends above the Telluride airport. Many of you are probably familiar with RIdgeway and the country side if you saw the John Wayne movie;True Grit. The hanging scene was filmed in the city park of Ridgeway and at the the...

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Aug 27, 2010 - Friday, San Juan Skyway - Ouray/Telluride

The 232 mile San Juan Mountains Skyway loop is one of the most scenic drives in America and spans elevations from 6,200 feet outside of Durango to 11,008 feet at Red Mountain Pass. On our drive today we took in beautiful views of alpine forests, scenic mountains, cattle ranges and the towns of Silverton, Ouray and Telluride. Telluride’s real estate is a bit pricey – with a 1200 sq. ft. plain looking house listing for $799,000. Telluride has a celebrity status – it is rumored that such big names as Oprah have a house there. The dogs had a...

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Aug 23, 2010 - Ouray

Ouray is a quaint, charming, touristy little town located in a spectacular valley. It's called the "Switzerland of America" by many. I've not been to Switzerland to compare, but it surely is beautiful there. We stayed at a full hookup campground walking distance from downtown and both of us enjoyed our visit in this delightful little town. Check out the pictures and enjoy!

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Aug 21, 2010 - Evening at Sunshine NF

After we got back from our trip over Ophir Pass we had decided that we would be moving to Ouray. I took one last walk around the park and took my camera. On our drive into the park I had spotted a photo op that I just had to investigate. This was such a beautiful area up off Hwy 145. We look forward to revisiting this area. Here are the results of my walk...

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Aug 21, 2010 - Trip Over Ophir Pass

We left about 8:30 am to drive the Ophir Pass Road over Ophir Pass toward Silverton. It's about a 70 mile drive the regular way, but only 9.8 miles between Rt 145 south of Telluride to Rt 550 north of Silverton. We expected it to be rougher than it turned out to be which was fine by us. We were in 4 X 4 low range all the way, but for the most part it was a very well maintained road thru some stunningly beautiful area. We stopped many times to take pictures and just to stand in awe of the beauty. We encountered a number of cars along the...

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