The Loneliest Road, Gunnison, Colorado

I was tired from three hard days of driving and1865 miles. 700 miles yesterday. I went into Gunnison to get gas, groceries, ice and find a library so I could post. I stopped at a pullover to watch a man standing in the Gunnison River fishing. He had little luck, but I had fun watching white throated swifts flying like jet fighters to catch bugs for breakfast. 

The grocery store was packed. It’s a big weekend and all the touristas are in town. Everyone had masks on, but I tried to get the job done and get out. The only library was at Western Colorado University, and it was closed. With my phone, I can post text, but uploading pictures eats data, and reception is often inadequate for the job. 

I went back to camp for lunch and a little relaxation. At 3:00 I drove about an hour on Rt. 50 across a big mountain to get to Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park. The road up to the park and through the park is winding and steep. This is not a place to pull the trailer! 

Pinnacle View right on R. 50 looking across Blue Mesa Reservoir
Blue Mesa Reservoir on Rt. 50

The beautiful Gunnison  River flows through Gunnison, into Blue Mesa Reservoir and somehow gets to the other side of this big mountain. As it turns out, it goes through it! A sign tells us of millions of years in development through volcanoes and earthquakes, it used to be a great sea, but is now a river cutting its way through a mountain of solid rock.

I arrived at Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park stopping briefly at the closed visitor’s center, but rangers were outside answering questions. It is a drive along the gorge, also known as Gunnison Gorge National Park. Looking down into this chasm in the earth is impressive. Rain clouds just made it more dramatic. There was no charge to get in this year, and there was a steady flow of people. I didn’t make all the overlooks as I was running out of energy. I also wanted to see it from the north side. Maybe next time.

OK, The Loneliest Road isn’t so lonely here, and it travels through some spectacular country, especially here

  7 comments for “The Loneliest Road, Gunnison, Colorado

  1. C K
    July 5, 2020 at 11:03 am

    really enjoying these

  2. pgevergreen
    July 5, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Once again floored by the beauty of your trip. What country you are passing through. All the things you have to be concerned with and you still have time to list things. I woke up hoping you’d be in my in box, you were. Thanks, Enjoying your trip, be safe. Happy 4th and 5th of July.

    • July 5, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      Hey pg. Definitely some beautiful places on this road! One of the challenges of writing a blog is lack of wifi. The laundry in Grand Junction saved me. I get enough data from the phone to text and sometimes check email. WordPress is a great site that was built for press traveling in out of the way places, so it loads when others won’t. It’s uploading pictures of videos that requires more power. Enjoy your Sunday

  3. James C Norwood jr
    July 5, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Sounds so cool…stay safe..

    • July 5, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      Hi Jim! So glad you are following! All the best to you and Joan.

  4. Jane Ashley Skinner
    July 5, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    I’m a bit younger than you and I don’t think I’d have the stamina to put in as many driving miles per day as you manage. My hip flexors hurt just thinking about it. Are you by yourself or is Martha with you?

    • July 5, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      You know, I think the drives to Richmond or Tappahannock are long and tiresome. Somehow I get energy traveling to places I have never been. Sometimes I think of it as three long workdays before we get to the fun. Martha said it was a good year to stay home, and she is probably right. However this trip was planned because she and friends were going to Spain to hike the Camino. Unfortunately, that was cancelled.

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