12-05-2012, 10:04 PM
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: San Jose, Ca
Day 10 Aug 30
Day 10 Aug 30
Day 10 was a 155 mile trek from Yampa through Routt Forest to White River up to historic Meeker, along White River again to Rangley.
Jeremy stayed in a hotel in Oakdale and Paul/Jill and I stayed in the campground at Chapman reservoir.
We met in the town of Yampa “Gateway to the Flattops” (mountains not the haircut) the next morning and had a great breakfast at Peggy’s diner in Yampa
The menu looks good – I think I tried the Mikes American skillet
I was not disappointed as here it is
Jill had a heap of biscuits and gravey but I think she got way more than she expected
Some fun signs on the walls.
Yampa has a dirt main street with large old fashioned lamps
After breakfast we hit the road and enjoy a view of the flattop mountains
Routt National forest
Zooming West along nice forestry roads
We reach Dunckley Pass Overlook
And have a look
A sign at the overlook tells the history of the area
Shortly after resuming, “Flats” comes up flat.
O Boy we get to fix another flat!
Now we know why Paul brought Jill along – to fix his flats!
After fixing the flat in record time – thanks Jill – we sped along West
again and reached a high point at about 10000 feet in White River Forest
Moose warning! We didn’t see any moose except for one unfortunate one which you will see later.
Summer flowers were out in full force
The roads were pretty nice through here
Some red rocks on the roadside for contrast
Big clouds that day – I think I can see Elvis!
We reach pavement and head towards Meeker past a big river and massive ranch houses.
This guy’s house is huge – his BBQ is big than my garage!
Video of Paul/Jill flyby
We reach the outskirts of Meeker and ask a local at the gas pump where to get a good lunch – he says Meeker hotel – of course – you don’t want to miss it!
We had lunch in the hotel under a giant moosehead
There was an amazing assortment of stuffed animals in there – deer, elk, wolves, porcupine, fox coyote, owls
Paul was getting friendly with the “wall elk”
The hotel has a long history since being built in 1896. Several famous guests visited the hotel including Theodore Roosevelt, Dick Chaney, Gary Cooper, and Billy the Kid
Several other famous outlaws such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid of “Hole in the Wall Gang” visited the area
We enjoyed the time at the hotel but it was afternoon and time to move on
Some free roaming horses
And canyons below as the terrain started to change as we headed further West
A cool overlook
A video of the overlook
Then we run into what looks like a deadwood forest
A rift in the earth’s crust ahead
A big heron pond
We are just outside Rangley and spot this peak
A short video of our arrival in Rangley
We are greeted by an old rake.
and a rainbow
We stayed that night in a community run campsite in town.
It was a good day touring in the countryside even with the flat that Paul had
And the Meeker hotel was a highlight as well.
Day 11 would bring Echo Canyon, Dinosaur monument, another flat, some hard slogging, and would have us end up in Vernal Utah.
zeegman screwed with this post 12-23-2012 at 03:11 PM