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MILLION DOLLAR HWY – FROM SILT TO OURAY TO SILVERTON TO DURANGO VIA GRAND MESSACOLORADO MOUTAIN HIG



STORIES FROM A RECENT 3-month USA TRIP (shipped bike over from Australia)


Leaving Silt after the day before I was still exhausted. BUT what a day ahead of us this was.. Riding thru the Grand Messa Mountains was spectacular - The Grand Mesa is a large mesa in western Colorado in the United States. It is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world. We arrived at Ouray, the starting point for The Million Dollar HWY ride.... Ouray is a high alpine community sitting at 7,800 feet in elevation. Set in a geographic bowl formed by rugged and steep mountainsides that lead up to jagged 12,000 to 13,000-foot-high peaks with several creeks cascading down through valleys and canyons into the city. This place is like a movie set.. a quick look around and a delicious lunch.. we made the start of the Million Dollar Hwy.

It was originally built as part of the San Juan Skyway, a scenic route connecting Durango and Ouray. The highway earned its name from an entrepreneur named Otto Mears who wanted to create a toll road through the mountains. He promised investors that they would make “a million dollars” if they invested in his project, hence the name “Million Dollar Highway”. Still some roadworks had us stopped mid-way for about 40 min.. Gave me time to take some pics !!!

Onto Silverton and another movie set town and then we ended up for the night in Durango. On reflection I would have strayed in Durango for a couple of nights. Durango is a small city in southwestern Colorado, near the New Mexico border. The 19th-century Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad steam train passes mountains and canyons.. That would be an awesome train ride!! Silverton also boasts the highest ever Harley Davidson Store!!! So naturally I parked my beautiful Indian Chief out front and caused a bit of fuss!!

This area is spectacular, and I’d definitely go back here and spend a week exploring. It’s breathtaking stuff and the towns are so historic and interesting.

Until next time.. onto the amazing Monument Valley !!! - stay safe and thanks again for joining me xxxx

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