10-27-2012, 07:54 PM
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: San Jose, Ca
Day 9 Aug 29
Day 9 would be about 230 miles due to a local road closure. The intended route was suppose to take us South of Encampment/Riverside on Blackhill road and pass by
Hog Park dam. Unfortunately the road past Hog Park Dam was closed due to construction (as of Aug 29, 2011 - this might be different now - plaese check local road conditions if heading this way). We were’nt sure about the correct way to route around so we ended up
retracing to Encampent/Riverside and taking hwy 125 East and South to Hwy 14 South and then Hwy 40 West to Hayden. This took us through Steamboat Springs and
got us to the Chapman campground West of Yampa quicker since we had lost a bunch of time with the backtracking.
The rains had cleared away and the sky was a bit cloudy but decent so we were enthused about the day after our damp end to the previous one.
We had a good breakfast at the Bear Trap Café
and gassed up in Riverside
We had some nice scenic views off Blackhill road
We ran into Purgatory gultch – sounded like a bad place so did not stay long.
It wasn’t too long after this we ran into our Hog Dam Road closure. We backtracked back to Riverside which wasn’t a bad thing since this was such a nice road to ride.
Was saw some interesting rocky outcrops along the highway South of Riverside
Closer looks exposed some choice hiding spots
Then we reached the Colorado border – have’nt seen a snowplow sign for a long time!
So we headed South Hwy 125 and then West on Hwy 14 and West on Hwy 40 through Routt forest
Saw several farms and ranches along the way.
And skihills – now we were getting close to the winter resort town of Steamboat Springs
And we were greeted with a full rainbow
We were hungry and decided to stop in Steamboat for an early dinner.
We stopped at a Mexican restaurant called Fiesta Jalisco - the food was great
The Interior was just as impressive
After the meal we hit the road and headed further East towards Hayden .
Some more nice farm country
We spotted a train and had a race!
At one point we spotted these strange rocky bumps
From a different angle
Anyways we kept on going until we hit Hayden, and then turned South on some more dirt – yeah!
And passed by this overlooking cliff face
Looks like some Hoodoos in there
At this point we reached Oak Creek and Paul/Jill and I wanted to camp and Jeremy wanted to hotel it.
So Paul/Jill and I went off to Chapman Reservoir campground and Jeremy stayed at a local hotel.
We would meet up at Peggy’s Diner in Yampa in the morning.
The road to Chapman Reservoir was nicely forested.
We reach the campground
What a perfect spot. There was hardly anyone there, it was quiet, and very picturesque
Summer flowers were out
We had a late snack and sat around talking about the days adventures over a night cap
It was a bit colder there but that was OK since it made up for all the hot days we had earlier in the trip.
We bundled up and said our good nights and passed out.
We had to change up the route a bit but that is what makes these trips interesting - you never quite know what to expect until you get there. That is all part of the Adventure! But this day turned out all right.
Day 10 would have us heading West to hang out with large dead animals and the ghosts of bad men and wild west women in Meeker, Echo canyon, Dinasour Monument, and end up in Vernal Utah.
zeegman screwed with this post 10-28-2012 at 02:18 PM