US-550, CO

Ok! Last week I had thought Breckenridge was the most beautiful area I had seen during the Great American Western Road Trip, but that was before I drove the stretch of US-550 (also known as the Million Dollar Highway) between Ouray to Silverton in Colorado! The bursting of brilliant yellows of the aspens, the jagged mountaintop peaks, the tilda-shaped curves of the road, the dramatic dropouts where a shoulder would otherwise be, and the red rocks looming above were truly sights to be seen, a drive to experience.

That’s all I have time to write. Pictures are worth 1000 words anyhow!

Quite a bit south of Montrose, CO, US Highway 550 starts out lush and green with just a tinge of yellow on this mid-September day.Going through the town of Ouray, dubbed "The Switzerland of America".  This is where the scenery really starts to become impressive.Following an Ouray Jeep Tours vehicle through a tunnel.A lake, yellow aspen, rocky mountains... you have it all here.Aspen starts to become even more brilliantly yellow!Look at the sign indicating how the upcoming turn will be like (like the '~' character).  There were plenty of these!Red rock mountain.At this altitude the forests start thinning out...Now, a horseshoe-shaped corner!Dirt mountainsides and a butte ahead.Lots of sweeping curves on this highway.The view ahead of the driver's seat of the Alfa Romeo.The driver, Felix Wong.Jagged mountain peaks and a blue lake.What a day for Alfisti!  What an incredible drive!

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