I'm back from my trip which included scouting out some Colorado areas of Durango and Silverton and Ouray. I must say I was less than impressed with Durango and Silverton, mainly due to the attitudes of the locals. Less than helpful and in several cases of businesses just rude. With that said I don't see too much of that area in our future Western Scenic Tour. However, Ouray restored my faith in Colorado locals and Ouray most likely will be our ending point of the tour.
The town of Ouray really treated the visitors courteously, were friendly and very helpful. And if you have never been to Ouray, its really a must see! Now I consider myself a pretty good driver, aggressive at times when appropriate but the "Million Dollar Highway" is not for pansies! I've been laughing since driving on this section between Silverton and Ouray. That road scared the s#%t out of me! Two lane roads, very winding twisting lanes, steep drop offs and not a guardrail in site! Of course the dropoff was on my side of the highway. End of pavement, steep drop offs. I was hugging the centerline and driving to the left of it whenever I could. Damn! This road is not for the faint of heart!
Anyway, I have set up a host hotel for us with very secure and safe parking, looks to be good rates and is within walking distance of the main part of town. More on that to follow.
I have also set up a facebook page called "Western Scenic Tour". its open to everyone, no "friending" required. Post your comments, suggestions ect on that site. The only thing i have on there so far is a fall picture of Ouray stating that this town will be part of our tour. Hope to see you on there! If you don't facebook, well come see us here on Bangshift!