Pueblo, Colorado to Almont, Colorado
1780 Total Miles
Our day started out with a quick trip to Mailboxes, Etc. to send home a few unneeded items. This is our first extended motorcycle trip and we packed like it was a car trip. Five days on the road gave us a good idea of what we could do without. About 20 pounds of assorted electrical gear and clothes left our bikes a bit lighter and our luggage easier to pack.
We left Pueblo on Highway 50, which took us through the last bit of plains leading up to the foothills of the Rockies. After over 1500 miles, we had finally arrived.
We begin a fairly rapid assent up the Sangre de Christo Mountain Range. The roads were as advertised; twisty and lightly traveled.
Bo on the wrong side of the road posing for a picture
Bill on the high plains. Check that background!
At this point Bo noticed that his right highway peg was missing. Not necessary for driving, the highway pegs are a second set of pegs placed toward the front of the bike. They make for comfortable riding when cruising on long, straight roads. A replacement is necessary before we reenter the plains states on the way back to Nashville.
We turned onto Highway 96, which took us through a number of small Colorado towns. We stopped in Silver Cliff, a pretty little town that appeared to be thriving. Which brings up a point: we have been through well over 100 small towns on our trip. We've talked to the locals, toured some of their attractions and gotten a real feel for their character. We have each remarked how much more connected we feel to the areas we've traveled through than on any other trip either of us has taken.
Spectacular vistas were the order of the day
We then took Highway 114, which gave the most spectacular ride yet. Amazing vistas were found at every turn. We drove through a high plain (about 8000 ft above sea level) that was incredible in its scale. What a panorama!
The horizons and sky merge in a way found only in the West
On the way to Gunnison, Colorado, we drove through the Gunnison National Forest, crossed the continental divide in the San Juan Mountains and drove over North Pass, elevation 10,189 feet.
Our best stop of the day waas at a combination Radio Shack and hardware store, a duo not usually seen. Bill allowed as to how this was his ideal in terms of retail sales. Everything you need in one place!
At Gunnison, we drove to Almont, Colorado, and spent the night at Harmel's Resort, a trout fishing camp on the Taylor River. At Harmel's we rendezvoused with a couple of college friends, Jim Cato and George Wright, and a friend of theirs, Paul Rosenblatt. Bo finds himself the only non-physician of the five. If he's gonna get sick on this trip, now is the time.
If Tomorrow we plan to catch a few Rainbow Trout.
Posted by Bill Thompson at September 09, 2003 04:33 PM GMT
BILL, STAY OUT THAT RADIO SHACK.....YOU HAVE ENOUGH STUFF....WELL, BO IS CERTAINLY IN GOOD COMPANY...IT IS SOOOO MUCH FUN TO SPEND THE DAY WITH DOCS...TRUST ME, I KNOW
don't miss the black canyon of the gunnison while you're in the area. sheer bluffs of granite and gneiss dropping about a mile to the river.
Hey Bill- those vistas look like they're just awing. Hope you're taking lots of pictures out there, we're gonna run up an archive between those and all the shots we've got from Italy. All of us miss you here at home, read your blog everyday, and are thrilled to see you having a good time. Laruel can't wait to see you; out of all of us, she misses you badly. Colin and Claire are all well, and school is at its usual. Eager to see what you've sent back!
Love reading about your getaway. Enjoy each and every moment out there. It's the same old same old thing here in Nashville. Seeing any Kerry or Dean signs out there?
Be safe, Christine Orrall
Dr. Thompson, Looks like you are having a ball. We will compare pictures when you get back. Please be careful, remember you pay my salary, so I need you to make it back. Laughing, Angela
You boys deserve commendation for your courage, your fortitude and your ability to talk your mates into supporting your three week escape, not to mention your escape route! Keep up the great work and stay in touch.