I wasted a fair bit of time looking for County Road 11 to take me down to the Mighty Colorado; Emily and I thought we knew where it was but it seemed to be naught but a five-yard stub leading to a steep hillside liberally coated with pine trees. Back to Kremmling and Plan B, in the shape of County Road 1, a.k.a. Trough Road. The Mighty Colorado faithlessly diverts from major thoroughfares around here, so I had to take to the back roads. Mostly smooth dirt, with a nice fresh layer of liquid mud. More forgiving on the motor-car than the A406 at the Waterworks roundabout, anyway.
Emily can be told to look for coordinates rather than places, so a little forward planning with Google Maps and the iPad meant a list of suitable places to visit could be drawn up in advance and referenced on the move. What I didn't expect to find was the tail-end of Gore Canyon:
Above the Mighty Colorado on the left is what used to be the Denver, Northwestern and Pacific railroad - now part of the Union Pacific. Above the Mighty Colorado on the right, and just out of shot, was a very soggy mountain biker cooking Porridge and drying out his tent...
Although much of the Mighty Colorado hereabouts looks only marginally more exciting than the Llangollen Canal, Gore Canyon contains some serious rapids, hence the proliferation of rafting tour operators even out in the middle of nowhere. One such piece of the middle of nowhere is Radium; they used to mine the stuff here in the early 20th century.
|I was tempted to drop it off the nearby bridge, just to see if it really could walk on the water...|
|Some nameless dam in the foreground; railroad disappears into a tunnel behind the bush on the far left.|
It was lovely and hot in the afternoon, which begs the question "How do you prevent your dog from getting his ears sunburned when travelling on the passenger seat of a ragtop BMW with the roof down?" Simples:
|A fine example of String Technology in action.|
1 - The loudest is in Laramie, WY, or at least it was in 2008.
2 - Like Band-Aids, but cheaper.