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The 2009 Colorado Rally Prequel


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#1 DirtyDog

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 04:29 PM

Megan had left for a family vacation in Africa so I figured no sense in moping around the house - time to hit the road! I managed to carve out an extra two weeks before the rally meet dates so this was shaping up to be quite the adventure. Part of the trip was intended to be for mining town photography - wanted to hit some towns I hadn't been to before. I also took the opportunity to take photos of many campgrounds for CampingUSA. So without further ado.....

The first day I headed towards SE Oregon - this is some remote and little travelled territory. I picked a spot on the map that looked interesting - Cow Lakes Recreation area and Jordan Craters Geologic Area:

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I could see Jordan Craters from the campground but there was no direct route between A and B. The next morning I had intended to drive to the craters but the maze of ranch roads got me turned around. I decided no time for this on this trip - another day.

On to Silver City, Idaho - a very remote mining town high in the remote mountains of SW Idaho:

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 04:31 PM

Silver City was a really cool place to check out and I highly recommend it for fellow Wanderers. There is also a nice little campground at one end of town:

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There is more to the campground than can be seen in this pic. I didn't stay here as I had miles to kill so onward into northern Nevada. Leaving the mountains:

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 04:34 PM

I stayed at the Wild Horse Crossing campground on Hwy 225 in northern Nevada:

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Where there was good advice to be had:

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 04:37 PM

My next adventure was going to be the Richfield Pioneer Road in Central Utah. The route is 35 miles long and ascends to an elevation of 9,700 feet:

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 04:39 PM

Scoping out potential camp sites - Diego refuses to get back in the vehicle:

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 04:40 PM

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Descending into Richfield:
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This was a good run but there were a lot of cows which means cow poo everywhere and I'm not a big fan of camping in poo so I don't know if this run would be at the top of my list to do again.
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Posted 02 October 2009 - 04:42 PM

Time to book it to Colorado - arriving in the San Juans - SW Colorado:

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If you mess up in Colorado - no mercy you simply become road fill:

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 04:44 PM

Stayed at Burro Bridge campground (highly recommended) and then on to some mining towns. Rico:

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 04:49 PM

Durango:

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Kokopelli - I filled out the change of address card with the Post Office - if you wouldn't mind throwing my mail in a bag until I arrive I'd appreciate it!

My planned point farthest east was Trinidad so I headed that way and went south on Hwy 12 "The Higway of Legends". This is a great mountain drive in an area I had not been too before. The town of La Veta seemed really neat and the mountains in the area had a lot to see. Purgatoire Campground:

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 04:51 PM

Coke ovens at Cokedale:

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Trinidad is one of the better mining towns I have visited - many great mining-era buildings:

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