Somebody had told us, on a short hike, that the Fall Color was peaked over to Silverton... so we decided it was a good a time as any to move on a lil' ways.
The Morning we pulled out of Williams Lake some riders were doin' part of their fall gather. Was kind of nice to see those boys, geared up proper, and doin' the job proper. They even had dogs ... four of 'em... that knew the job.
|Moving cattle on San Juan National Forest|
Stopped in the Frank Harmon Museum in Pagosa Springs on our way out. He's the one that wrote the Red Ryder comic strip and did western art. Interesting stop there... The Museum is actually the last house of Harmon and his wife... I got a picture of the couch John Wayne used to sit on, drinkin' beer with Frank... or that's the claim... too much excitement, eh?
hmmm... kind of sounds like some sort of a 'tourist story'... don't it? :o)
We rolled to a San Juan National Forest camp just NW of Durango that's still open... Kind of wanted to go to the Target Tree camp... but they already closed that... and it's the closest to Mesa Verde... and this, the BEST time to go to Mesa Verde.... Bureaucrats got no sense at all... not any...
It's a fine camp here though... and a word 'bout that... RV Boondocking... Using the self contained capabilities of the rig... to stay in nice country. Some think, I think, that we stay in RV Parks or something... that is something you'll rarely see me do... What I DO, do... is, I use National Forest Campgrounds in areas where I'm not familiar enough to go straight to a boondock site.
Stay in the N.F. camp... with no hookups... for a night or two... while we day trip around... maybe we'll find a boondock site... maybe not.
Starting out the last week or so... we've been kind of lazy when it comes to really workin' to get boondocked... and then, we've been using the N.F. camps, while we get "Back into the Rythm" of RV Boondocking... the struggles of the last couple years have got my head kind of turned around... taking a while to get the knots untwisted.
Now this Junction Creek Camp we're in... we're pretty much all alone... and with my lil' discount... at $4.25 a night... it just don't make a lot of sense to bust hump lookin' for somewhere else to stay for a while! :o)
|**with this much space all around us - why bother looking for a better camp!**|
|*bicycle racing the Silverton Durango Train... both getting passed by a Yamaha Raider!*|
|*Didn't expect fresh flower on top of Coal Bank Pass in October!*|
After visiting for a short... we climbed back on the Yamaha and continued on, turning west at Ridgeway and then south on 145 to Telluride...
|San Juan Skyway Fall Color|
I choked down my dislike for getting on things that get me... waaaaaaaaay... off the ground and rode the gondola... again... up to the top of the mountain...
The 232 mile loop... turned into 245 for us... not sure where they measure it from... and we cut off the corner, didin't go to Cortez but turned back east at Dolores, taking the "shortcut" to Mancos... and back to Durango...
Their claim of 7 hours was a touch off as well... as our trip took 9 1/2 hours... I'm guessin' they're only talkin' Road Time... and didn't allow for breakfast, or any other stoppin'... and Stoppin' is what you've gotta do... You can't just roll on by... Stop and smell the fresh air... and just look for a bit.
We've both been gettin' over some more-than-sniffles colds the past week... Heidi got it first, and generously shared with me... so... we was tahrd... reeeeeaaaal tahrd... when we got back last night... not a long while 'fore dark...
|*Yamaha Raider on the Open Road*|
|*San Juan Skyway from the seat of a Yamaha Raider*|
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