Saturday, July 6, 2013

Video Compilation - Riding another awesome Motorcycle Road - Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway, Colorado state Highway 141

A close friend of mine that lives near Grand Junction said "you must go to Gateway Colorado and see the Auto Museum and the Canyon". Well, we did, we first took the motorhome down this route on way to our base in Silverton, Colorado. The road was super easy for a big RV rig and the Auto Museum was an absolute treat. Watch for the post on that visit in a few days. I will add that this 300 mile ride was a backup to a 400 mile ride that we had to cancel due to the Wild Fires in south central Colorado. there was certainly no loss on our part because the ride delivered 10+!

I could try and be an expert and say a lot about this part of our great country but, I again will differ to the various "true expert" and their websites on these Interwebs that are stock full of info on this historic and beautiful drive. Enjoy!

BLM Excerpt:

Along the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway, reminders of Colorado's last frontier are still evident today. The route begins in Whitewater and pursues a course through Unaweep Canyon, where geological formations are as many as 1.4 to 1.7 billion years old. Along the way, the route passes by Bangs Canyon Recreation Area and through the Gateway Area. After reaching Gateway, the Byway turns to thread its way through the vivid desert redbeds of the narrow Dolores River Canyon. Soon, travelers will pass Uravan, where mining activity has been historically prominent, beginning with copper and later shifting to uranium used for atomic bombs during Wolrd War II. Water for these processes was provided by the Hanging Flume aqueduct system, and remnants of this landmark can still be seen today. Continuing on, the Byway eventually takes a course through San Miguel River Recreation Area and ends in Placerville. By the time travelers have completed the entire route, they will have seen remote lands featuring green meadows, snow-capped peaks, turbulent rivers, abandoned mining claims and more.

About the Hanging Flumes:

The Hanging Flume is perhaps one of the most risky and lofty plans in mining history . . . and for the purposes of placer mining, pretty much a complete failure. But as a heritage tourism site, it still holds our attention, long after the memory of its father, the mysterious Nathaniel P. Turner and hundreds of grunt workers have faded. Recent preservation efforts promise that we will enjoy the Hanging Flume for generations to come.
 On to our videos! Folks, this video is about 10 minutes long. Go grab a cold beverage and come back and sit back for a spell to enjoy.

Riding the Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway (Standard Definition) from PJC on Vimeo.

Riding the Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway (High Definition) from PJC on Vimeo.

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