Researching the drive we heard everything from "You're crazy to drive that with the trailer" to "It's not a big deal at all, especially going North". Hans was feeling confident, after all semi's drive it all the time, so drive it we did. And even though we were a little nervous (who wouldn't be with all that build up!) it wasn't that bad at all. We were also fortunate to have road construction on two parts of the drive, so we had to follow a pilot vehicle where we had almost two whole lanes to ourselves during some curvy downhill sections.
|While stopped waiting for a pilot vehicle we were able to get out for a few minutes|
to get this shot of campers by Lake Molas.
|Dropping into Silverton.|
|Silverton is a cute, historic mining town.|
The Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad stops here several times a day.
|Ready for an off road tour???|
|Many of the hillsides around Silverton are tinged red and show evidence of|
the mining history of the area.
|Looking back down canyon as we climb away from Silverton.|
Lots of historic mining debris and buildings can be seen along the highway.
|Near the top of the pass we waited again for a pilot vehicle to lead us down hill for several miles.|
Turns out we got to use the whole highway as we negotiated these hairpin turns!
|Lots of these hairpin turn signs going down this canyon!|
|Odd looking tunnel.|
|A look down canyon, with the road hugging the canyon wall.|
Ouray is somewhere beyond our sight.
|Yeah, we were glad to be next to mountainside,|
there were some incredibly steep drop offs on the South-bound side of the road!
|This tunnel was 13'9" tall...only one foot taller than us.|
|Hwy 550 took us right through the middle of downtown Ouray.|
Called the "Switzerland of America", Ouray is nestled among towering mountains.
We're settled into a site on the edge of the Umcompahgre River at 4J+1+1 RV Park, within walking distance of everything in town. The sound and fascination of the rushing river right outside our door tempers the proximity of our neighbors. This looks like a great place to spend the next two weeks!
|That's the rear of our trailer practically hanging over the river!|