Silverton! The town is in sight as we round the bend on highway 550. Itís amazing that people live in these picturesque valleys at high altitudes. Silverton will be the closest town to our base camp. Food and gas are expensive but at least there are some good places to eat when we are too tired to cook over the camp fire.
The famous train between Silverton and Durango was hanging out at the information center getting ready to go back to Durango.
We stopped by the information center and talked to two nice old ladies who helped us find a couple books and maps of the local mountain passes. These books were invaluable because we hadnít programmed our routes prior to leaving because there was only enough time to sort the gear and bikes.
Starting on the road to the South Mineral campground just northwest of Silverton the clouds are ominous. We got to the camp early enough to find a good spot and we rushed to put up the canopy and get some gear out of the truck before it began to rain.