Saturday, August 27, 2016

Burning Man

Burning Man 2016 begins tomorrow, August 28, and runs through Monday, September 5, in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. You can watch a live broadcast of the event at http://burningman.org/event/live-webcast/. If you are not familiar with Burning Man, take a look at some of these YouTube videos.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Silverton, CO

Sunny, Stormy and I took the Prius OHV to Silverton via Route 550 which is part of the San Juan Skyway (a/k/a "Million Dollar Highway"). This is one of the most scenic drives anywhere in the country.

While in Silverton, we were able to catch the Durango & Silverton Railroad getting ready for the return trip to Durango...

This coal-fired, steam locomotive was built in 1925



Monday, August 22, 2016

Engineer Pass

Today's photos from Engineer Pass...




Here's a video of one of the "more interesting" sections of Engineer Pass...


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Montrose Water Sports Park

Montrose, CO has a wonderful Water Sports Park with activities for kids of all ages...

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Gateway Auto Museum

If you are a classic car buff, you will want to visit the Gateway Auto Museum in Gateway, CO. It has an amazing collection of mint condition old cars. Click here to see a slideshow of today's museum photos.

This is Stormy's favorite, an awesome looking 1958 Chevrolet Corvette...

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And this is the pride of the museum, a one-of-kind 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Convertible Concept Car (the only one in the world)...


Lastly, on the way to Gateway, we passed this unique rock art...

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sunny & Stormy Return

One of the things I enjoy about the RV lifestyle is meeting friends in different parts of the country and sharing a common experience. Much to my good fortune, Sunny and Stormy returned from the airshow in Oshkosh to spend a week with me in Colorado.

Our first trip was to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park...

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Where, I for one, felt very comfortable knowing that highly trained, professional rangers were looking out for my safety...


We ended the day with a delightful outdoor dinner consisting of baby back ribs and sides from Rib City...

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ophir Pass

If you would like to experience a high mountain pass in Colorado without having to navigate a difficult trail, then you may want to try Ophir Pass 2.0...

Larry, CJ, Keith, Jayne
(Friends from the Arizonian RV Park)



Alta Lake

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Corkscrew, Picayne Placer & Poughkeepsie Gulch

Corkscrew Pass 2.5, Picayne Placer Gulches 2.5 and Poughkeepsie Gulch 3.5 are some of the most scenic and fun trails I have ridden here in Colorado...

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I did not originally plan to do Poughkeepsie Gulch due to the infamous "Wall", a gnarly section that gives the trail it's difficulty rating, but an experienced jeeper I met at Animus Forks told me there was a by-pass around it. As it turned out, his definition of "by-pass" is a little different from mine...

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Imogene Pass

The new fuel pump appears to have solved my jeep's high altitude stalling problem. I crossed Imogene Pass at 13,114 feet without having to shut the engine off and let everything cool down...

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Now that I am unemployed and homeless, I was hoping that check from Obama would be in the mailbox but alas, no such luck...


The wildflowers are in full bloom at the higher elevations...


Here's what I have to look forward to when I drive Black Bear Pass...


The following video is a compilation of segments of the ride. It runs 4X normal speed so as to give you a feel for being behind the wheel of the jeep without being too boring...


One of the things you learn while driving in the mountains is how quickly the weather can change. Here is a short video of me running into a hail storm while returning home on the Last Dollar Road...


Monday, August 01, 2016

Jeep Trouble

About a month ago, my jeep starting stalling at elevations above 9,000 feet (particularly, in the afternoon when the gas tank would be at half or less). The engine would not die but it would not generate enough rpm's to move. I had to turn the engine off and let everything cool down before being able to run again.

On 7/11 I took it to a dealer. The diagnostic testing showed no error codes and the fuel pump had the correct pressure. However, there was an update for the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) regarding fuel and altitude. The mechanic reprogrammed the PCM which he felt would solve the problem. Unfortunately, it did not.

This morning while climbing Imogene Pass, the loss of power problem returned. I have scheduled another appointment with the dealer this Thursday. If they cannot find anything wrong, I am thinking of having them replace the fuel pump and fuel filter. Considering some of the places I take the jeep, I am anxious to solve this problem as quickly as possible.

If anyone has any thoughts as to what may be wrong, please use the comment section below to let me know. Thanks!

Update (8/5/16): New fuel pump installed this morning. Waiting for dry weather to try it out in the mountains.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Yankee Boy Basin

Yankee Boy Basin 2.5 is another spectacular drive in the San Juan Mountains south of Ouray. It is very popular with tour companies and tourists alike, so be prepared for a lot of traffic until you get to the very last part of the trail.

I dug my old GoPro Hero out of storage hoping to capture the view and feeling of being behind the wheel of the jeep. Here are a couple of short excerpts...



Today's photos...

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Gaia GPS

I use to upload my GPS tracks to EveryTrail but since their acquisition by TripAdvisor, all development and support has stopped and it does not work as well as it used to. As an alternative, I am looking at Gaia GPS.

I uploaded the track and photos from my Alpine Loop trip to create a photo map at https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/folder/7907392f-18e6-45d3-89c6-fbef162fb424/. Track details such as speed and elevation are available at https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/track/9ae70cc0-de55-4e30-939f-836965786571/. You can download tracks as GPX, KML or GeoJson files.

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I am still playing with the program so if you have any problems viewing the above, please let me know in the comment section below.

Update (8/23/16): AllTrails has acquired EveryTrail. Unfortunately, they want to charge you to upgrade to the version that has some of the more useful features such as being able to download or print maps.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sticker Shock

It's hard to believe I have been a full-time RVer for five years. This was brought home by my needing to renew my drivers license this year before my birthday. Due to recent homeland security laws, I can no longer renew my license online. I have to go to South Dakota and show two pieces of documentation that I am a resident including proof that I have spent at least one night in the State in the last year (in my opinion, this has to do more with revenue raising than national security).

In any event, I decided to take my time, drive up and enjoy the sights. What I did not count on was the cost of motels this time of the year. Last night, the least expensive room I could find was $124.95/night. Today in Rapid City, I was shocked to see prices on what I would consider average motels at over $200/night. I finally found a Super 8 for $99.95/night. And these prices do not include local government's "stick-it-to-the-tourist tax" which has been 10-12% so far. For an old salesman that used to stay in Red Roof Inns for $19.95/night, this is a bit much.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Alpine Loop

You will want to take some extra socks with you on this ride as the ones you are wearing will be knocked off. The scenery is awe-inspiring.

Alpine Loop 2.5 is a combination of trails including Engineer Pass and Cinnamon Pass in the San Juan Mountains. The trails are not particularly difficult but a high-clearance, 4WD vehicle is highly recommended.

I took over 100 photographs today. Unfortunately, they do not do the experience justice. The camera cannot capture everything the eye takes in. You need to experience it for yourself.

Vistas...

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Mines...





Critters...



Saturday, July 09, 2016

Montrose, CO

Montrose has become another of my favorite small towns in Colorado. It has a vibrant downtown with a variety of shops and restaurants. Adding to its charm are the wonderful metal sculptures scattered throughout town (reminds me of Borrego Springs). Here are a couple that I photographed...

Montrose Mouse

Where Eagles Dare

And if the sculptures are not enough, there are a number of wineries in the area as well as a Russell Stover plant and retail store. Wine and chocolate, what more could you ask for.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Ouray County Road 31

The drive from Ouray to Silverton, CO is simply spectacular. Huge, near vertical rock mountains on both sides of the road combined with numerous waterfalls make it a delight for the senses...



Ouray County Road 31 is a dirt road that roughly parallels Red Mountain Pass south of town and passes by a number of old mines...




The rock here is laden with iron oxide which gives Red Mountain its name and makes for some strangely colored landscapes...