But It Helps….. I have to say my husband is not super crazy. We did not take Black Bear Road (didn’t need to get to Telluride that quickly). https://www.dangerousroads.org/north-america/usa/177-black-bear-road-usa.html Yes, I’m quoting C.W. McCall again.
The drive up to Ouray was adventuresome all by itself. We passed three over 10,000 foot passes. I also saw the 10,000 foot elevation sign I think 4 times. It was up, down, up, up, up.
Coal Pass was the smallest of the passes, then we come upon the next pass Molas, there was a nice mountain lake that you could look down on.
I think with sites like the pic above I could get used to high places.
I did a little bit of shopping in Silverton,
a couple of t-shirts and even some jewelry. Coming out of Silverton we head up the million dollar highway https://www.dangerousroads.org/north-america/usa/635-million-dollar-highway-usa.html On the way to Ouray we find a geocache that shows a plaque to commenorate a unique profession.
After picking my heart out of my throat seeing switchbacks and hairpins we arrive in Ouray.
I didn’t stop at the hotsprings because of my lack of tolerance to heat. Heading back the way we came we were able to get a picture of Red Mountain Pass.
I’ve enjoyed riding all the back roads this trip it has stretched my boundries.