How many times have I driven this route? Too many times to count. Have done it in cars, RV’s, motorcycles, and now again in the 2024 Pleasure Way XLTS. Have driven the Million Dollar Highway in all seasons. Always beautiful!
From Gallup, NM drove direct to Durango, on to Silverton on to Ouray and a great lunch.
My fears of the 4 cylinder being able to handle the mountain passes rolled under my tires at 50 miles per hour as I climbed Molas Pass. Not a race car but adequate considering the altitude.
Molas Lake. Camping is nice here; however a bit brisk in the Fall.
From Molas Lake a downhill drive to Silverton where you will find good restaurants and RV camping.
If you have never done it, You really should plan a trip out here and take the train from Durango to Silverton. About a three hour ride and a wonderful experience! If you are skittish there are some area that you may not wish to look over the tracks. My father and mother did the trip in 1941 when it was still a work train running sheep to the high country. He shot a wonderful 16mm film of the trip.
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Arrived in Ouray in time for lunch. Had a hankerin’ for a pizza so stopped into GOLDBELT’s, restaurant, established in 2011, offering up some fine craft beers and to die for hand tossed pizza. Highly recommend this fine establishment. Started with a fresh Greek salad followed by the pizza - worth the drive back!
Overnighted at a Harvest Host property, a delightful family award winning winery - La Noue Dubois; located just south of Montrose a few miles. After a informative wine tasting with the owner, Rick, bedded down next to the vineyard and next to the river.
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