After leaving Grand Junction we headed South along Hwy. 550. We spent one night in Montrose, CO which was a really cool town. It would have been nice to spend more time there but we had already booked camping at Ridgeway State Park.
Old church converted to a pub in Montrose.
We spent 3 nights in Ridgeway State Park. The running was good and the park is really nice. I ended up dropping down the hill to the town of Ridgeway a few times to get work done when I needed connection.
By Thursday we were ready to move on. Our next destination was Silverton, CO. Several people had warned us of Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton. The warnings were definitely justified as there were several tense moments when there was oncoming traffic and pretty much no room on the side of the road and a pretty significant drop off. What was worse is the lane actually sloped sideways towards the cliff. Luckily the speed limit was between 10 and 25 MPH so taking it easy was no problem.
Silverton was a great time. We stayed at Molas Lake Campground which is about 10 minutes outside of Silverton at ~ 10,500′ elevation. The sun is pretty intense at this elevation and we didn’t have much shade at our campsite. We did some running on the Colorado Trail and I ran part way up Kendall Mountain from town.
We ran into our first semi-major snag while in Silverton. We didn’t have service at the campsite and the air conditioner in our rental back in Las Vegas needed repairs. There was a heat wave and it hit 107 over the weekend. Luckily we had a management company that was able to get someone out for the repairs fairly quickly. The $1000 hurt a bit but it could have been much worse.
Another slight disaster we had was taking our dogs to Andrew’s Lake just South of Molas Lake. We took went out there on the recommendation of a local as a place we could let the dogs run around a bit. The lab was ‘extra’ excited about the lake for some reason when we arrived. We were walking around and playing fetch for a bit when we noticed he smelled really bad. It looked like he had got into something so we took him down to the lake to fetch sticks in the lake and wash off. After a few trips we noticed the smell was a bit more global than we thought and looking around we started seeing all these dead fish along the edge of the lake. Long story short we renamed Andrew’s Lake to ‘Dead Fish Lake’ and the 95lb lab wreaked of dead fish.
Trying to wash him in the trailer bath was quite and ordeal and all I accomplished was making the bathroom smell like dead fish. Both dogs slept in the back of the truck for a couple of days. When we got to Durango the first thing we did was look up a self serve doggy wash. Finally the dead fish smell is gone.