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Old 07-22-2013, 10:55 PM
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Originally Posted by wamer27 View Post
Thank you Colorado rambler for all the great info! I'm gonna drive south out of Telluride to Dolores and then east to Durango and north on million dollar highway, I can't wait. This area of the state has always been my favorite even though last time I was there I was maybe 10 (23 years ago) and I can't wait to show my wife it! I regret not coming to this area when I lived in Ft Collins and hope to make it back with a jeep and more time in the future.
Perfect! I think you guys will enjoy that very much. SW Colorado and the San Juans are the most beautiful parts of the state and September is great time to visit. Have a blast!
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:09 PM
Location: MN
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Hi everyone, I just got back from our wonderful honeymoon all over Colorado. It rained everyday we were there, but that wasn't a problem at all. Our two favorite drives were from Carbondale to Paonia and then Ridgeway to Telluride, followed by the top one of Telluride to Dolores then Durango and up the 550. The million dollar highway was an awesome, but scary in two parts drive. I have a fear of heights and I'd never drive the mile or two south of Ouray going south, I was very thankful I was driving the mountain side of that short stretch. It boggles my mind how someone thought to make a path through that section of the mountains! Another part, how did they run power lines over the mountains on 550 going to either Ophir or maybe Telluride? It's nuts to see where they go! One thing we learned, Telluride is the top city I've ever been and I've lived in CO twice and Alaska. The drive in, the scenery can't be beat followed by awesome waterfalls at the end of the canyon. The cat and the hat style homes in downtown were great. We learned that we'll own a home there sometime in the future

Crested Butte's downtown was awesome, the ski area not so much without snow. The drive over Cottonwood pass was great, thank you guys for info on it, well worth it. I feel bad for everyone involved in the flooding. We couldn't go visit our family cabin near Raymond due to roads being washed out, the cabin may have been also. Drove up to the Moffat tunnel yesterday to watch trains go in and out of it, all we saw was two trains idling in Rollinsville and one near the tunnel due to all the flooding, landslides, etc...

One question I have is do you guys go through brake pads and transmissions a lot faster? Driving all the mountain roads I rarely had it higher then 3-4 gear and used brakes a lot more then here in MN. I want to own a brake and transmission shop and a Subaru dealership somewhere in CO to pay for my Telluride home!!

We had an unbelievable time venturing around your guys state. Thank you again for all the useful, helpful info you guys provided us to make our trip wonderful.
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:16 PM
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Thanks for the follow-up. Glad you had a wonderful honeymoon and we look forward to visiting your future repair shop and dealership.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:39 AM
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That's one thing I see a lot is people not gearing down passes. See lots of smoke behind rv's riding their brakes. Use 3rd or 2nd gear and save your brakes.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:28 AM
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wamer27 wrote: We had an unbelievable time venturing around your guys state.

Believe it! It's real. Glad you enjoyed your time in Colorado.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:46 AM
Location: Colorado
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Originally Posted by proveick View Post
Use 3rd or 2nd gear and save your brakes.
Or 1st even, on some of those passes. I have a smaller RV and gear down on all downhill stretches to avoid using the brakes whenever I can. I can usually get down even the steepest of grades without having to brake much at all.
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