Alas, even with both Whiskerfish and my mom’s recommendation, we missed Independence pass. I only realized that we could have covered it the evening after we were just too far passed it
Colorado was spectacular as well. Going through Utah and Colorado really makes everything else seem so boring.
We woke up in Twin Rocks and made our way east. I found on motorcycleroads.com a nice road through Montezuma Creek to Cortes. Once we got to Cortez we unfortunately decided that the detour to Mesa Verde would be too long but it came highly recommend and looks like a great sight and ride to get to. We instead went through Durango and up the east side of the mountain pass, up 550 to Ouray. It was really cool for me cause I had spent time in Ouray as a kid when my dad worked on a dude ranch up there but I definitely did not remember the majesty of the landscape of the “Switzerland of America.” Those passes were something else!
I highly recommend Horsefly brewery if you find yourself in the Montrose area! They had house-made beers for a penny! Great food too.
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