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Old 04-20-2009, 02:01 PM
jazzlover
 
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Originally Posted by chilaili View Post
Okay! I'm not going to be some wimp who chickens out on seeing this part of Colorado just because the road might be a bit narrow and if I can drive Santa Fe to Longmont in my VW Cabrio during the 2nd blizzard of January 2007 without incident I can do 25 miles on bloody Highway 550 in the middle of May! Right?
They say one picture is worth a thousand words. US550 is the somewhat horizontal line in the photo. On most of this stretch there is no gaurdrail and the white line on the outside lane is painted on the very edge of the dropoff (which is as much as 800' in places). Now, imagine it if the road is snowpacked. Draw your own conclusions about being "up to it" or not.



How many highways can claim that, when a snowslide hit a plow years back, they didn't find the plow for a couple of weeks, and didn't find the driver (dead) until the snow melted in late spring? That's the Million Dollar Highway fer ya.

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