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Old 06-15-2009, 08:13 AM   #13
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Location: The Peoples Republic- Rocky Mountain Edition
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After flying along the plateau in the wind, rain, and snow we b-lined it to the Orvis Hot Springs located one mile south of Ridgeway. We soaked for an hour to get the core temperature back up. The place is amazing and really recommend it to anyone that is down in that area. It is a clothing optional sort of place, so you have to be ok with nudity.
After the soak, we had a quick burger in town, gassed up, and continued heading east. This time we went up Owl Creek Pass to Silver Jack Reservoir.
The views were great and forest was healthy and green with tall stands of Aspen and Pine. It was good to see after spending so much time in the beetle kill forests of Summit County.

We made our way down past the reservoir to hwy 50, turned right and blasted along the pavement for a couple of miles before turning onto a dirt road headed south.

The road we were on eventually dropped us down to a road that parallels the Lake Fork of the Gunnison.

This was another area of Colorado that I was looking forward to seeing and was not disappointed. This zone sits south of Blue Mesa Reservoir and east of Lake City. The road we were on connects the "town" of Powerhorn and Cathedral.

At Cathedral, the sun was sitting lower in the sky and we stopped to take in the late afternoon light before turning east again and up over Los Pinos Pass.

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