The Great 1998 Gold Wing and Steam Train Trip!

Direct Routing to Pages with:
Utah Desert and Escalante ~ Glen Canyon Dam and D&SNGRR ~ Silverton and Passes ~ Skyline Drive
 Royal Gorge ~ Gunnison Museum Display ~ Lake City ~ Slumgullion Summit and Creede ~ Cumbres & Toltec RR
Meteor Crater ~ Grand Canyon RR ~ Hoover Dam ~ Heber Creeper

Bright and early the next morning, off to Texaco for gas, and then a final check before we travel on.

Along the way, we got to see one last express train to Silverton!  Keep your eyes on it, she's a' comin'!

(Large GIF, sorry...)

Coal Bank Pass is the first of two passes on US 550, the Million Dollar Highway, between Durango and Silverton.

The only constant to riding the mountains of Colorado is up and down, up and down!

A brief stop over looking Silverton.  We had a nice breakfast there in an old saloon, still in use.  Breakfast in the morning, Saloon in the evening.

You can see the track as it runs a backwards "S" into Silverton.  It follows the yellow highlighting in the detail to the right.

Yet another pass, with a rest area.  I think this one is Red Mountain Pass, past Silverton on US 550.  There are Mountains everywhere, and most of them seem to be covered with mine tailings!  Gold miners crawled to the tops of these mountains and mined them.  I am not sure how to get to the top of some of them, let alone live and work in the little air left at that altitude...

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