Saturday, September 23, 2017

RV Trip: Montrose - Day 1

September 22:

Spent the day driving Uma, the URRV with Scarlett, my 2014 Ural Patrol in tow on the trailer.

Took US50 which turned out to be the slow route, what with construction, accidents and just plain old twisty roads that slowed one down.  Still, very scenic and I had the time so why not.

Got to the campground shortly before 5PM and got myself settled in before heading out for a ride to catch the sunset.  Kept going west, towards Telluride, trying to find a good spot but the sun set and I found nothing but high canyon walls instead.

Running low on fuel (turns out I wasn't but that's another story), I continued on towards the mountain town of Telluride to gas up.  On the way there, the motorcycling and sunset gods threw a couple of bones to me since I missed the actual sunset:

 Not sure which peaks these are, perhaps Uncompahgre?
This was on the road to Telluride after the sun
had set to the west.

 Saw rosy clouds in my mirror, to the north,
as I neared the gas station outside of Telluride.

After gassing up, it got really dark so it made for a slightly nerve-wracking ride back along canyon roads away from Telluride, through the Dallas Divide and finally back to the town of Ridgway.  From there it was perhaps another 18 miles to the campground, in a steady rain now.  Luckily, I had my Frogg Toggs jacket on top of my riding gear so it was all good.


RichardM said...

Nice colors on the mountains. It sure would be nice to have an actual, reliable fuel gauge...

Trobairitz said...

At least you got to see some pretty colors in the sky. That makes riding in the dark and rain worth it.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks RichardM, a reliable fuel gauge....sure would be nice indeed. Or a MPG that's steady....on Scarlett it fluctuates from low to mid 30s....hard to guesstimate sometimes.

Trobaritz, yes, it was the motorcycling gods throwing me a bone for what was to come I think.

SonjaM said...

Amazing colours. It seems that they come out best this time of the year.

redlegsrides said...

Danke SonjaM, I love this time of year, almost as much as when it snows.

Anonymous said...

Love that first image - beautiful!! MV

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Motoventures, it was, briefly, quite the scene.