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  • Day18

    Salida nach Ouray

    July 12, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Heute sollte es über vier Pässe nach Ouray gehen.
    Über den Marschal Pass, Los Pintos, Cinnamon Pass und den California Pass. Hierbei bewegten wir uns zwischen 1800 und 4200 m.
    Der Marschal Paß und der los Pintos Pass waren normal geschotterte Bergpässe die ohne größere Probleme, oh scheibenkleister, das hätte ich beinahe vergessen da.habe ich mir einen Platten gefahren und Bernd hat sein Handy verloren und wiedergefunden.
    Dank seiner Pianistenfinger gelang ihm es relativ schnell den Schlauch einzufädeln. Hanno hatte den Aparat mit der Luft, sodas die ganze Aktion in einer Stunde vergessen war. Danke noch mal an dieser Stelle 👍👍👍👍
    Was gibt es sonst noch zu berichten. Heute sehr viel da wir uns heute etwas verfranzt haben.
    Zuerst verlor Bernd seinen Innenkotflügel, hängt jetzt geistig 🤔am "Baum der Schande ".
    Auch haben heute einige Kühe verweigert,bzw haben sich hingelegt,
    Das sollen aber die jeweiligen Herren selber beschreiben.
    Morgen ist zuerst mal eine generalüberholung der Maschinen fällig. Neue Reifen tun auch Not, das ist auf Samstag geplant
    Auf dem Cinnamion Pass ging es auf und zu wie in München auf dem Stachus.
    Landschaftlich und fahrerische waren die letzten beiden Pässe sehr schön. Nur auf dem Pass wo wir uns verfahren hatten würde es für manche Teilnehmer eine kleine Materialschlacht.😭😭😭😭
    Aber ist alles reparierbar😁😎
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  • Day18

    Rocky Mountain High oder: Grenzerfahrun

    July 12, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Hanno schreibt:

    Ich bin sicher, jeder von Euch kennt Tage, an denen Dinge vorfallen, die in der Nachbetrachtung diesen Tag heroisieren. Ich kann Euch sagen: heute war so ein Tag. Heute Abend, da ich dieses jetzt schreibe, glaube ich, dass auf der ganzen Tour nicht so viel passiert ist wie allein heute.

    Ich muss mich echt zusammenreißen, um alles auf die Reihe zu bekommen. Vorweg: Franz hat sich entschieden, uns heute nur sporadisch zu begleiten, da die Wegverhältnisse möglicherweise zu heftig für ihn würden. Im Nachhinein: er hat richtig entschieden.

    Los ging’s ganz kommod mit einem leichten Schotterpass, dem ein zweiter folgte. Zuerst verlor Bernds Motorrad durch die Rappelei den Innenkotflügel des Hinterrads. Weiterhin hat der kommunikative Bernd sein Handy in einer Halterung am Lenker festgeklemmt. Auf einmal hielt er aufgeregt an, nachdem er feststellte, dass es irgendwo seit dem letzten Stopp verlorenging. Er und ich drehten um und suchten es. Auf dem Weg zurück trafen wir Hans, der bereits sein Hinterrad ausgebaut hatte. Platten (erwähnte ich schon: KTM?). Alles gut: Handy gefunden, Reifen geflickt.

    Nach einem kleinen Mittagsimbiss ging’s im Regen auf den ersten Pass: immerhin 3850 Meter. Dem folgte ein zweiter, der noch etwas höher war. Die Wegstrecke hoch und wieder runter war schon recht kernig: lose, dicke Steine, knackige Steigungen und Kehren mit knackigen Steigungen und losen, dicken Steinen.

    Wir trafen in einem ATV (kleines Geländevehikel) einen Einheimischen, den wir nach der Befahrbarkeit verschiedener Wege fragten. Er gab uns gerne Auskunft.

    Nach Bewältigung des zweiten Passes folgten wir dem Navi. Natürlich! Und jetzt kams: wir bewältigten Abfahrten (erwähnte ich schon dicke, lose Steine?), die so steil waren , dass wir die Motorräder teilweise nur runterrutschen ließen. Steinstufen und Absätze waren zu überwinden. Nach einigen hundert Metern stellten wir fest, dass die Straße zu Ende/nicht zu befahren war (ein Schild: „Road closed“ hatten wir geflissentlich übersehen). Also: zurück! Diese Aktion (hin und zurück) hat uns geschätzt zwei Stunden gekostet. Meine BMW lag einmal, die von Bernd mehrmals. Zum Schluss hatten wir absolut keine Kraft mehr, das Motorrad aufzuheben. Dazu kam, dass das ganze in 3600 Metern Höhe bei einbrechender Dunkelheit und aufziehendem Gewitter stattfand.

    Es ist aber alles gutgegangen. Schäden werden morgen begutachtet. Abschließend: ich habe motorradmässig schon einiges gemacht. Gegen die Aktion heute war alles andere (BMW in Hechlingen, Seylerhof in den Pyrenäen (sorry, Uwe)) der reinste Kindergeburtstag. Ich war/bin völlig ko. Das darf ich, glaube ich, auch für meine Mitstreiter Bernd und Hans sagen. Aber: wir haben als Team toll zusammengearbeitet. Fotos dieser ganzen Sache gibt’s nicht: wir waren einfach zu beschäftigt, um zu fotografieren.

    Auf dem Weg zurück (irgendwo hin) überquerten wir noch einen weiteren 12000-Fuß-Pass. Wir haben nicht mal angehalten: keine Kraft mehr.

    Im Tal angekommen, hielt neben uns der Einheimische, der uns mittags beraten hatte. Als wir ihm erzählten, wo wir waren, fiel er aus allen Wolken: „I don‘t believe it! It‘s the heaviest stuff all around!“
    Na ja, schöner Trost. Uns hat‘s gereicht!
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  • Oct7

    R&R @ Ridgway State Park

    October 7, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    After a long day of driving yesterday, we took it easy today.

    It was around 10:00a when we left the Cruiser to explore the park. The temperature had risen to 50F. The skies were blue and filled with sunshine. Perfect!

    Ridgway SP is divided into roughly three sections. The Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground where we are staying is behind the Ridgway Reservoir Dam. The two others sections are on the other side of the dam.

    We started off with a stroll along the River Walk Trail, which follows the Uncompahgre River Tailwater and goes around a couple of fishing ponds. Though the trail is a mere .2 miles long, we enjoyed the fall foliage colors adding to the beauty of the scenery ... accompanied by the sounds of trickling water. The only others nearby were anglers fly fishing, which meant that we had the narrow path to ourselves.

    Though there is a seven mile one-way trail from our section of the park to the Dutch Charlie area, we next opted to drive there. The five-mile long reservoir, for which the park is named, is here. It was a shock to see the lower end of the reservoir completely dried out. We later learned at the Visitor Center that this is normal since water is released this time of the year for use by ranchers and farmers.

    Leaving the car in one of the parking lots, we took a short hike on a goat-path-like trail through the forest to see the “Secret Spot.” I have no idea if we got that far as part of the trail was washed out and we had to turn back. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the hike as it gave us views of the reservoir from various vantage points. Again, we had the trail to ourselves ... which is always a nice thing ... even more so during a pandemic.

    After checking out the two Dutch Charlie campgrounds — both electric only — we headed over to the Visitor Center to browse the exhibits. The park ranger on duty confirmed that the haze veiling our view of the Cimarron and San Juan Mountains was indeed smoke being carried down from the wildfires in Northern Colorado. Hopefully, the smoke will blow out of the area soon.

    After a quick look-see around the Dallas Creek section of the park — the day use area — we returned to our site for lunch. The only tree on our site provided shade at the picnic table ... just long enough for us to have an al fresco meal. We then set up our new shade shelter and spent the rest of the day relaxing outdoors.

    Our plan is to do a drive tomorrow. We know which drive we’ll be doing. How far we’ll get is TBD at the moment.
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  • Oct20

    Million Dollar Highway

    October 20, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 55 °F

    After much fighting with Google Maps over the route, we finally zeroed on the most amazing stretch of highway on the way to Durango, CO called the Million Dollar Highway. The stretch of road took us through the San Juan mountains, through truly awe-ful (in the truest sense of the words) scenery and along some of the scariest stretches I think I've traveled (including the Road to Hana)...but it was super cool!!!

    Thought you might get a kick out of the Wikipedia description: "Though the entire stretch has been called the Million Dollar Highway, it is really the twelve miles (19 km) south of Ouray through the Uncompahgre Gorge to the summit of Red Mountain Pass which gains the highway its name. This stretch through the gorge is challenging and potentially hazardous to drive; it is characterized by steep cliffs, narrow lanes, and a lack of guardrails; the ascent of Red Mountain Pass is marked with a number of hairpin curves used to gain elevation, and again, narrow lanes for traffic—many cut directly into the sides of mountains." (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_550).

    As you might guess, we made it safely into Durango and are settled in for the night. Another early and long day tomorrow. Night peeps!!
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  • Oct9

    Relaxing with a Six-Mile Hike @ RSP

    October 9, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Not that we were lazy all day, but our “stay home and enjoy the campground” break from sightseeing did start with a cup of tea and reading time on the patio. With the temp slowly rising from the mid-40s to 50F, the brilliant sunshine was welcome for the warmth it projected.

    Around 10:30a, we left the Cruiser and headed to the trailhead for the Enchanted Mesa hike, described in the brochure as being the most physically challenging in the park. If that’s the case, the remaining hikes must be cakewalks.

    With the grade ranging from 2% to 32%, we started off on a zig-zag trail that was technically no wider than a goat path. Eventually, the trail rose to a flat, wider path that follows the Ridgway Reservoir, providing aerial views most of the way. The meadow on the other side of the trail is said to be home to mule deer and elk. If they were present, they did not show themselves today ... though we did find the skeletal remains of an animal. Mt Sneffels and the Cimarron Range were distant additions to the scenery ... their beauty veiled by haze unfortunately.

    The trail is just 2½ miles in length, but we added to that distance by continuing on to the marina overlook on the Mear’s Bay Trail. Between the hike and the walk to and from the campground to the trailhead, we ended up clocking six miles today. Not bad for what was to have been a day of rest!

    We had an al fresco lunch when we returned to the Cruiser before settling down to a relaxing afternoon on the patio. Once again, I was happy to have the shade shelter ... it would have been a challenge to sit outside otherwise.

    Around 5:00p, we headed over to the Ridgway Library to use the wi-fi and then we took a drive around Ridgway town, which has an Old West vibe. I understand that parts of “Old Grit,” a John Wayne movie, was filmed here. Purely by chance, we came across one of those buildings ... the Fort Smith Saloon. We didn’t venture inside, but we did stop so I could photograph the mural painted on the exterior wall.

    All in all, a relaxing day with a hike thrown in for good measure. Now that we’re rested up, we’re raring to go on another “sightseeing by car” trip tomorrow.
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  • Day31

    Red Mountain Pass

    September 16, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    The drive from Grand Junction to Durango took us over the 11,000 foot Red Mountain Pass. We were both feeling a bit short of breath at that altitude. (OK, we were gasping.) We tried very hard to take lots photos to capture the beauty and grandure of the high Rockies. We succeeded in the first part... we took lots of pictures. But we were very disappointed in the RESULTS. Here are some that we liked.Read more

  • Day14

    Fahrt über mehrere 3.000er Pässe

    May 31, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Nach dem Black Canyon sind wir weiter über den legendären Million Dollar Highway gefahren und haben dabei mehrere 3.000er Pässe überquert. Der höchste war der Red Mountain Pass mit 3.358m. Die Strecke war zum Teil so spektakulär, dass ich davon leider keine Fotos machen konnte...Read more

  • Day25

    Auf in die Schweiz @Million Dollar Hwy

    June 6, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Die Schneeschmelze ist im vollen Gange als wir durch Amerikas Schweiz fahren. Und ja, sie nennen das selbst so.

    Das heißt für uns, die Schneehöhe reicht leider nicht mehr aus um Ski fahren zu gehen. Dafür können wir die vielen Wasserfälle bestaunen, die sich teilweise sehr brachial ihren Weg ins Tal suchen.

    Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts standen in der Region um den Red Mountain zwischen Ouray und Silverton über 100 Minen. Sie förderten Gold, Silber, Kupfer und Zink im Wert von fast 125 Mio. Dollar. Entlang des Highways sehen wir immer wieder Ruinen von Minen und sogar eine ehemalige Siedlung, die von der vergangenen Zeit des Goldrausches zeugen.

    Ach ja, es ist Nebensaison in dieser Region. Also bessern sie hier ganz schön die Straßen aus und wir stehen oft und lang vor der Baustelle und bewundern die tüchtigen Bauarbeiter, Schildhalter oder sogar “Safetycars“, die uns den Weg zeigen. Bei Interesse kann ich hierzu sicherlich einen kleinen bebilderten Vortrag ausarbeiten... -.-
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  • Day28

    Gunnison Gorge and Ouray, Colorado

    May 9, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 20 °C

    We left our motel about 9am and headed to the post office to send some stuff back home. We had bought far too much with us and needed to lighten the load. Met a few locals in the p.o. and they were so nice and helpful. After we started heading towards Gunnison Gorge. The road we took went along side the gorge giving spectacular views. We stopped at the visitor centre and looked at the vertical steep cliff sides. From there we carried on another 50ish miles to a small mountain town called Ouray. Surrounded by mountains it is a beautiful place. The town has some lovely shops and some natural hot spa pools. We spent an hour in the afternoon at the pools then chilled out for the rest of the day.Read more

  • Oct6

    Travel Day: COS to Ridgway SP

    October 6, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    A cool, crisp fall day found us starting another camping trip ... this one taking us to two Colorado state parks. First up ... Ridgway State Park ... some 300 miles away.

    My planned stop at Quail Lake Park, just 20 miles or so from our house, turned out to be a bust. Cars were parked in the area reserved for long vehicles, leaving us with nowhere to pull in. There was an upside, however. We shaved 20 miles or so off the original route via Pueblo.

    Our route took us on US-50W, following the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area through the scenic Bighorn Canyon. The Lone Pine campground and day use area provided us with a nice place for a lunch stop ... the fee covered by our Aspen Leaf Colorado Parks and Wildlife pass.

    Then up and over Monarch Pass we went. It was here that the Cruiser crossed the Continental Divide for the first time. Driving past small towns, we reached Gunnison and kept going. Crossing over the Blue Mesa Reservoir a couple of times, and following the unseen Black Canyon of the Gunnison, we eventually made it to Montrose. From there it was a short drive on US-550 to reach the Pa-Co-Chu-Puk Campground in Ridgway State Park.

    The campground’s name comes from the language of the Ute Indians. It means Cow Creek. Located north of the Ridgway Dam, this is the FHU section of the the three campgrounds that lie within the boundaries of the state park. Electricity is 30A throughout.

    Our site — #265 on the G loop — backs up to the Uncompahgre River ... hidden by tall bushes, but audible as it flows within the confines of the rocky river bed. The concrete pad is level. We have a fire pit/grill ... which will remain unused. We don’t do campfires and Mui prefers to use our propane grill for cooking. The site is spacious enough to provide privacy from neighbors and we have room to set up our new shade shelter. The orientation of the site is such that our patio will be in the sun all day, so the shade shelter will come in handy.

    We are partially connected to the rest of the world ... DirecTV satellite signal 👍🏻 ... T-Mobile cell signal 👎🏻. We knew the latter would be the case when we set out on this trip, so we’ll go to the Ridgway Library to use the wi-fi there to check-in with family and friends.

    It took us 8.5 hours to drive the 300 miles or so from Colorado Springs to the campground. Why did it take us so long? Mostly because the curvy roads required low speeds. Then there was the climb up to Monarch Pass ... at first a gentle and steady grade ... then a steeper 6-7% grade for about 10 miles. Of course, we also had to go back down some 5,000 feet from 11,312 feet on the other side of the pass. Add to that a few dalliances along the way to enjoy the scenery and have lunch. Well, you get the idea.

    We’ll be taking it easy tomorrow!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Ouray County, مقاطعة أوراي, Юрей, ঔরে কাউন্টি, Condado de Ouray, Ouray maakond, Ouray konderria, شهرستان اورای، کلرادو, Comté d'Ouray, Ouray megye, Յուրեյ շրջան, Contea di Ouray, ユアレイ郡, Ouray Kūn, Hrabstwo Ouray, اورے کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Ouray, Округ Јереј, Урей, اوریے کاؤنٹی، کولوراڈو, Quận Ouray, Condado han Ouray, 烏雷縣