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Near Telluride on the way to Durango

Alpen-Rose RV Campground

From the roof of my rig

From the roof of my rig

Alpen-Rose RV campground

Yesterday I left Tall Texan campground in Gunnison in the am and drove to Centennial RV located on Rt 550 about 11 miles south of Montrose. This is a Passport America campground and I spent the night there for $13.15 including full hookups. Not bad! The purpose of this was to break up the drive to Durango which involved a lot of serious mountain driving and about 235 miles, going the way that I went. That was a good decision.

Left early this am and arrived in Durango about noon. Originally I had planned to continue down Rt 550 thru Ouray and Silverton and on to Durango, which is the most direct way to Durango. A truck driver who has driven haz-mat trucks on this section strongly advised me against taking that route. I drove it several years ago on my a motorcycle and remember it to be challenging even on a bike, so I took his advise and took the long way on Rt 62 and Rt 145 to Cortez and then Rt 160 to Durango. Still very mountainous but not nearly as difficult as Rt 550. Actually it was a very nice drive and the Dutch Star again came thru with flying colors. I would now rather drive the Dutch Star than the Ford Ranger.

I'm now set up in Alpen-Rose RV campground north of Durango on Rt 550 waiting for my brother and sister in law to arrive later this evening from Buffalo. Jeff and Linda are also in town and very busy with last minute details for the wedding. Lots of big rigs in this campground. Nice views in all directions. Horses in a large field behind me and red rock mountains on both sides of me. Plenty of room between rigs with grass, a picnic table and a charcoal pit. Seems to be very well maintained.

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