The Red Mountain Pass
Primative camping on BLM land at Crystal Creek in the Gunnison National Forest near Crawford, Colorado, USA
BLM land somewhere to Rio Grande Campground
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Day 36 - I rode the Red Mountain Pass. I woke to my cow friends and set off through the Black Canyon where I stopped for a hike. Out of breath easily at the altitude I decide it best to push towards the pass. Coffee and another oil change at 3500 miles in Montrose I rode the boring flats to the beautiful town of Ouray where a threatening grey cloud overhung. Others took shelter as I moved up the winding road to the pass. As I entered via a tunnel I was met with wild rough grey stone walls. The road costing $10,000 per mile in the 1800s using explosives to penetrate the deep rock. Further on the red iron mountains appeared and stood out amount the rest of the San Juan. The various colours of the mountains in early fall pleasing the eye. With campsite a long way off I moved quickly through the Alpine region of Wolf Creek to the cold plains of Rio Grande. Here the perfect camp awaited with river, giant solid bench and fire pit. With the fire started I heard a voice call “would you like a beer?” I turned and replied “love one”. I shared the fire with slick Rich, another traveler who shared tips for my trip through Colorado.