Saturday, June 16, 2018

Beauty Going West on I-70

Yesterday we left Grand Lake and drove west on I-70 over Vail Pass and through the Glenwood Canyon. The scenery is wonderful.

A view of Shadow Mountain Reservoir.

Ride the Rockies, a bicycle race held each year over several high mountain passes in Colorado, was in it's last leg.  The riders had spent the night in Grand Lake and were heading down to Granby the Weston US 40 to Kremmling, Highway 9, headed for Silverthorne at I-70.  Unfortunately, that was our route to I-70 so we had to carefully pass at least a couple dozen riders.

A view of what I think is the Gore Range from outside Kremmling.

Islands in Lake Dillon from the interstate.

The green ski trails at Vail Ski Resort.

Then the spectacular Glenwood Canyon along the Colorado River.

One of the tunnels on the canyon route.

Note the 2-level highway here.  Building the 4-lane highway through the canyon took so long, some highway engineers worked their entire career on the road.  They made every effort to preserve the beauty of the canyon as they widened the old 2-lane road to 4 lanes, divided.

And we are seeing the unmistakable sign of the summer travel season--a Cruise America RV.

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