Summer 2009 tour - day 9 - 362 km

Today's jaunt was Hwy 550 - Montrose to Durango, and back. This fabulous route goes through three mountain passes (Red Mountain, Mola, Coal Bank), all over 10,000 ft. Lots of hairpin turns, 10 mph turns, 25 mph limits. Great roads.

Scared the living daylights out of me sometimes though - lots of turns with no guardrails and the cliff drops off right at the road - not even a shoulder! But, also lots of areas with great shored up shoulders and wide turning areas so the trucks can get around the hairpins.

Ouray is beautiful!