Colorado bound. CO.

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

"The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can, pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.” J.R.R Tolkien

Muley Point-15

Muley Point was heating up, the shade turned into this oven set on medium high, simmering was not an option. A bit of a refuge in cool always Monticello where we sat for a couple hours posting my previous entry, more coffee and back on the road toward the green pastures of Colorado. It is an amazing space Colorado. A green contrast from Utah as if Mother Nature had decided to leave her work in a raw state of mind.



Camp Bird Mine Rd

Camp Bird Mine Rd-3

The Million Dollar Highway, look "Mom" no hands…. no guard rails. I had the iby jibes the whole way curve after curve. The width of the road stopped often at the white line and drops, straight down drops, nice and simple. And who needs a gym when one can ride such a road. The hack is a work out. Silverton, colorful little old mining town, Ouray, one more amazing stop spread out within the armpit of these peaks with a main street so inclined one only wants to cross it westward. What a place to live so centered and so close to the many other destinations I am so fond of such as Moab only a couple hours away.

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Camp Bird Mine Rd-9

We are at some dear Friends Home we have been trying to get together with these past years. Mark and Bobbie. We met in Big Bend when they themselves where on the road. They have stopped by and experienced "The Oasis", they have felt the road as us, Mother Nature is still while living here their daily companion throughout their hikes around this circle they are at it’s center. They needed a Home Base and they could not have made a better choice. The good news is they are getting ready to again go on into new Adventures. He has never stopped writing even off the road, so much information from this area is present now within his many chapters.

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Mineral Creek-5

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We have been here a few days now and the scenes one by one are starting to trickle in the enormity of their dimensions. It was originally as watching a 3 hour movie in a 2 minute span and an overwhelming sense unlike any other times. It always happens when arriving toward a fairly new space. There is so much to take in the senses spark in an overload mode. The reel has now slowed down and a Lifetime of trails has presented themselves to the taking with landscapes breathtaking at every curve. So much free camping for the taking, I like that, I like the freedom to be away without sounds of near by screaming, constant barking and bottles breaking at the start of a garbage can pile up, high pitch loud voices thinking they are the only ones around and neighbors having to hear their own latest. The classic one of course is “honey… change the channel will you!”.

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Camp Bird Mine Rd-12

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How strange as my mind is resting here. Could it be the lack of oxygen as I feel as reaching for this state of “nothing” with a constant inner satisfaction within me. Even Spirit is happy! He has not stopped wagging his tail. Is it Colorado? Pain free the time is. We are on our way to Owl Creek Pass to lay back for a few days. Many roads unpaved, many we cannot ride such as Camp Bird Mine Rd ending up at Yankee Basin which my Friend Mark took us with his 4×4. A good thing. I might have ridden it not long ago but have stopped putting "Old Faithful " and my body and Spirit’s for that matter through rough road hardships. Those days are over. All need to last a bit longer.

Camp Bird Mine Rd-14

Mineral Creek-3

Mineral Creek

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Be well, always.

Ara & Spirit     spiritow

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8 Responses to “Colorado bound. CO.”

  1. Stephen Malagodi Says:

    Be well also Ara. Glad to see your Spirit(s) are up!

  2. Joans Says:

    Absolutely beautiful photos! The wildflowers are supposed to be spectacular in the mountains this summer.

  3. Dick (dharmabum) Says:

    What great memories these photos evoke. I’ve been in every place that’s pictured. I’ve ridden the million dollar highway on a bicycle, a motorcycle, and a car. Funny story; on a trip a few years ago we decided to soak in a hot springs so we chose the one in Ridgeway. It wasn’t until we paid and noticed the sign that read “soaking in our tubs is not a spectator sport” that we realized it was a nudist hot springs!


  4. scruffy Says:

    🙂 may it all last a long time Ara ~ heading back out to the Colorado Plateau mid Sept to introduce my lady to the ‘implacable indifference’,
    and breathe deep in the quiet places provided by it~ Be well.

  5. hobopals Says:

    Love the area you are in. We were there many times; probably several months all toll, and briefly this past year by myself. One of my favorite places in the country. There’s a little book called “One Drive in a Million” written by Branson Reynolds that I bought back in the 90s. It’s a mile by mile guide of the loop which includes 550, 160, 184, and 145. It shows hundreds of miles of back roads and an incredible amount of history and information packed in a small book. I’m not sure if it’s still available. Wow! I just looked on Amazon and they have 2 new for $50; and from .42 used. I think I paid about $10 for it in a store in Durango. It’s 95 pages 8X5 inches. It’s a little treasure that you can easily carry, Ara. Example: Mile Marker 46.3 The old rock structures on the other side of the river are the remains of coke ovens that were part of an early smelting process. 43.0 Here is the Dolores/Montezuma county line, and a large area on the river for primitive camping. The Wildcat trail (#207) crosses the river here, providing access to open, grassy campsites… You might be able to pick it up in a used bookstore somewhere along the loop. How I envy your freedom and that you are in this wonderful place.

    Pats and hugs to Spirit.

  6. Louise Says:

    I don’t want to make you feel “wimpy,” but we drove the Million Dollar Highway in the bus 2 years ago. 🙂

    So glad you are enjoying cool weather and calm feelings!

  7. texascindy Says:

    Now you’ve gone and done it! I’ve spent so much time here at the “Oasis” travelling with, laughing with and crying with you that our tech dept finally noticed. You are now under the “no access, site is blocked” status at my place of emplyment! I am so disappointed…But I will never stop coming to the Oasis from my home PC! I may try to convince the powers that be that yours is an educational site ( which is not too far from the truth 😉 ) and get them to unblock you. May not work but I can try…Travel on!

  8. chris Says:

    gorgeous photographs! i so miss colorado. i grew up on the plains…i can’t ski but i can set your water and start your combine!! lol so glad you found some cooler temps and some peace and quiet.

    hugs to you and spirit!

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