Wind River Canyon
Previously I had just taken delivery of the Pleasure Way Ascent and had left for Silverton, CO. Here we continue the trip home to outfit the rig for coming adventures.
The route home was pretty much a straight line from Gallup to just west of Billings where my ranch is, Left Silverton, as you may have read, in the early morning and drove North. One of the epic drives in America is the MILLION DOLLAR HIGHWAY (CO 550) Have driven it countless times in all seasons.
Should you search the archives you will find a motorcycle video of this drive. It is a wonderful motorcycle road!
MILLION DOLLAR HIGHWAY in the Fall Color
As part of the San Juan Skyway, the Million Dollar Highway is a breathtaking; albeit to some, a nervous drive, there are no guard rails and the steep drop offs can be a unnerving. Originally established to transport ore to Ouray from the surrounding mines. It does offer one of the finest and most scenic drives in America.
From Ouray, my route was through Montrose, Gand Junction and East on Highway 70, exiting at Rifle
and heading up to Crai . This too is a very scenic drive. Agian about twelve hours in the saddle left me
a bit weary and ready to call it a day; so I did at 7PM. Fell asleep early. The peepers opened at around 1:30AM. I felt rested, so again started the long drive home. People talk about Highway 50 in Nevada being a long loney road, and it is; however the road from Craig to Thermopolis and beyond is also out in "never, never land" too. Beautiful but lonely.
Out in the middle of nowhere
One of the treats along the way is Wind River Canyon. The video below fails to do it justice. Spectacular with many turnouts for a picnic.
I kept the pedal to the medal and made it home before lunch. Long two day drive from Gallup, NM, over 1,000 miles.
See You Down The Road
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