The weather was excellent for riding and Scarlett, my 2014 URAL Patrol Sidecar rig seemed to hum contentedly as we cruised along at about 60 mph.
Kenosha Pass was glorious in terms of Fall Colors as the leaves had turned as I approached it. However, it was also a chaotic maelstrom of cagers all seeking a parking spot and trying to get photos of the aspen trees. I elected to keep going instead of fighting the crowds and ending up with pictures that included cagers.
Soon after tanking up at Fairplay, CO, we came to the exit at Como, CO for Boreas Pass. The leaves were looking quite vivid from the highway so we exited to get a closer look. I went through the small town of Como and stopped Scarlett short of the hill which one climbs to start up Boreas Pass.
Continuing on, I hit a traffic jam just east of Buena Vista which delayed us for about 25 minutes or so of stop and go driving.
We finally got away from the hordes of cagers as they all seemed to be heading north towards Buena Vista and probably trying for Independence Pass. Scarlett and I headed South instead, staying on US285 through Salida, Tabeguache and into the San Juan Valley.
About the middle of the San Juan Valley, I took the road towards Del Norte instead of staying on US285, saving myself a few miles. I picked up westbound US160 and continued on towards Wolf Creek Pass.
About eight miles east of Wolf Creek Pass, I exited onto the Meadow Creek Recreation area for some pictures of more Fall Color.
The overlook at the pass was closed for unknown reasons, so I wasn't able to do the usual stop for pictures of the valley below. Instead, here's a view of the mountain pass area from down in the valley:
to the right of the picture, is where the overlook site is located.
Pagosa Springs came and went, soon Scarlett and I were approaching Durango and I spied the KOA Campground sign on the south side of US 160. I missed the turn initially, had to do a u-turn further on and finally checked in with the campground shortly after 5:15 PM.
I setup my tent and camp, made dinner out of freeze-dried "chicken and rice" and satisfied my hunger if not my palate before heading out to see about sunset shots.
Not being very familiar with Durango, I asked the folks at the campground office about a suitable location and the lady told me to go to the campus of Fort Lewis College as it was on high ground.
I found the campus, and a suitable spot by the school's football field's parking lot:
Looking for a spot that overlooked Durango, I found a small park/picnic shelter called "The Lion's Den". It was accessible via a bumpy gravel road of some steepness and I posed Scarlett overlooking the town: