7-19-01
381 miles
10 hours



Yesterday July 19 I loaded the Honda and decided that Colorado was calling my name. Getting started around 8:30, I drove south on highway 191 to 46, through Lasal, then crossing into Colorful Colorado and then Paradox, Bedrock and Naturita. Nice little towns with much less activity than Moab. The road was dry and the air temps were just right. Surprisingly, there were few bugs on this trip.

After going through a few nice small Colorado towns like Redvale and Norwood, I turned off at Placerville to Higway 62 and over Dallas Divide.(only 8970' here) Ridgeway was the first gas stop and a nice busy place. I then headed south from Ridgeway on highway 550 to Ouray. Ouray is the start of the Million Dollar Highway and I remember taking this road on Spring Break from college. Getting stuck in the snow outside of Ouray and having to find a motel room for the night while the snow crews cleared the roads so I could continue my trip.

I asked at the gas station about the road conditions to Durango and the gal behind the counter said the road was "curvey" and she was right. I did run into a couple of places where road crews were repairing the highway and caused minimal delays. Luckily where I had to stop wasn't where it was raining. (more on that later)

I did notice an abundance of motorcycles on this road and I can see why. It is very scenic and unless you are driving a convertible you miss so much with having a metal roof over your head. Of course it would have been nice having a roof when it started raining as we neared Red Mountain Pass(11018') and Silverton. After clearing Molas Divide(10910') the rain dwindled and remained cool a short while and then we were down into Durango. I stopped at the first Pizza Hut to warm up and have some lunch.

It was pretty warm leaving Durango on highway 160. Just outside of town is a reptile farm. I stopped into see lots of mostly rattlesnakes and a few turtles, aligators and Bob the iguana.

There was more road construction as I approached Dove Creek. The Utah heat welcomed me back to Monticello and the second gas stop. With the wind behind me, it was smooth sailing north to Moab again.

It was a fun trip and look forward to doing this or other trips into Colorado again.

Colorado Trip
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