Thursday, May 07, 2009

Taking the high road

Today we drive the 74+ miles from Durango to Silverton and Ouray on US 550, the Million Dollar Highway. One of the best drives we've ever taken. We'd rented a car as we thought the RV would be too big for the road. Turns out bigger rigs were taking the same road. However, a car is a lot easier to drive and take the numerous switch backs.

Ouray and Silverton are lovely little towns but I fell in love with Silverton (see the picture below). It's much, much smaller than Durango (takes 5 minutes to walk from one end to the other), no chains (Walmart, McDonald's, Burger King), very much a small town. It has that gritty, outdoor feel that Durango lacks. Lots of lovely independent stores. We even met someone who had spent a lot of time in Devon and Cornwall so he and Abi had a chat for a while. Abi made friends with several dogs, including a 4 month old Rotti cross who appeared to want to make friends with everyone he met. We had coffee in a lovely little shop and they had a Lab Retriever crossed with a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. We both agreed we'd love one of these dogs. As we sat outside we chatted to a couple we'd seen at our RV Park. They are travelling back to Canada on their 40th Wedding Anniversary. The fun part is they are travelling in a Truck Camper. If you have a look at the link you'll see it's just a pick up with a small camper on the back. Very small in American terms.

On the way to Silverton we stopped at a mountain pass and I climbed up on to the snow bank to take a better picture. Abi followed me and promptly sunk into the snow, right up to her knees. Poor girl.

I saw a great bumper sticker today. It said 'Hike Faster, I hear Banjos'.

More to come tomorrow from our mystery destination (what we mean is we don't know exactly where we are off to). Take care. Rob and Abi x

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