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Silverton to Ouray, Colorado + Imogene & Black Bear


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Set your screen to 1080P and full size and enjoy the ride!

Silverton to Ouray...



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64fYEnV6jQ8

And, Durango to Silverton...



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg9YAyd91GA

I've only driven this 10 or 20 times, plus more than a few 4X4 side roads!
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Only twenty times??!!

The first time I did Red Mountain Pass was in 1960, at night. I was following a semi running a Jimmy pulling a loaded flatbed.

I can still remember the screaming of that Jimmy and the red flame coming out the exhaust pipe as he climbed the grade.
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Made that trip a few times trailering quads into Silverton. Some great views for sure. I can't remember the name of the pass but we drove up on a couple from California in a two wheel drive Subaru. They were on steep switchbacks and he was driving and she was out pushing. They were both scared to death and mad as !!!, fighting with each other. We helped him get moving and once he did he went all the way to the top leaving the wife standing in the road. One of the gals loaded her on her quad and took her up. We wondered if marriage counciling was needed or not. You definitely don't want to go out on those trails without a capable vehicle.
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That brought back some good memories. A cousin and myself drove that in February of '87. The snow was deep but the weather was perfect. I can still see the snow sifting over the tops of the mountains around Silverton. We stopped on Molas Pass to take a picture by the sign and the snow was a good 3 feet deep there. Good times!
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I'm probably into the 20's on trips over that road too, the memorable one was in Dec. about 2000, Red Mountain was a whiteout, you couldn't see the edge of the road...by the time we got to Silverton, the flakes were so big the wipers wouldn't clean them off. By the time we got to Durango there was no snow on the ground...
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One of my favorite Harley rides. Truly beautiful part of Colorado.
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Thanks Harry, you brought back some memories from X-mass 1970 Dad drove us to Phoneix,Az to Alberqure Nm., to the Grand Canyon up the million dollar Hwy, to Montrose to Pueblo and stayed at Mesa Verde in a camper in the snow, got so cold that night the exhaust from the furnace was almost touching the ground from condensation, in Dec 1970 ,in a 1971 F250 with a overhead camper, scary as a kid ,YEA. 4x4 trails have you been over the trail that goes from Silverton to Tueleride? I had a trip planned with wife and son in 1986, I had a brand new1985 250 Big red and a 1986 250 Fourtrax, I seen some pictures of the trail in a magazine called 3 Wheeling and had talked to the contacts they had in it, and from there we was going to Moab Utah on another trail, sadly wife got pregnant and we had a daughter with cerbal palsy and that never happened, they have probably shut that down now to ATV,s. I used to have a VHS tape I made going up Pikes Peak in a van in 93 with some cool songs like that vid had , guess I was a little ahead of the curve on that. Another neat place I remember is the Bingham copper mine, there is a, or was, a road that was gravel in 1968-69 that overlooked the copper mine, the HUGE trucks looked like Tonka toys in it, Thanks Harry
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I need me another bike road trip.
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have you been over the trail that goes from Silverton to Telluride?
We've gone from 550 over the Ophir Pass to Ames, and then we went from Telluride to Ouray via Imogene Pass. I never did get guts enough to go over Black Bear Pass. That's Telluride (ToHellYouRide)

Telluride - Imogene Pass: Imogene pass was our most difficult 4X4 trail to date. If you try this, be aware of the need for high ground clearance. The old mining engines are long gone, but the scenery remains. Be sure to catch the captions below the photos... http://www.smokstak.com/gallery/brow...p?c=49&userid=
That's Jeannie in the Jeep - she wouldn't get out!

Some others from the "zone":
Out on the Trail:
http://www.smokstak.com/gallery/brow...p?c=26&userid=
US Route 550 Durango to Ouray:
http://www.smokstak.com/gallery/brow...?c=175&userid=

Fairbanks Morse Power Plant at Delta, Colorado
Telluride Hydro Plant
Ouray Hydro Plant
Ames Hydro Station.
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