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Fall Color along Ouray County (Colorado) Road 5
I thought I’d lead this with a shot of the motorcycle. It’s parked in an unimproved camping spot as far south as one can go on CR 5. The aspens are so tall that standing beneath them makes me feel like I’m in a cathedral. Although the leaves carpet the ground, there’s still more yet to fall. I was afraid the leaves on the road might make the wheels slip, but that didn’t turn out to be a problem. CR 5 is
the easternmost of those I rode on Friday, Oct 15th. I snapped a few pictures.
CR 5 heads south out of Ridgway up to Miller Mesa. The first section of road leads to the many homes on the mesa and is maintained year-round. From there, the road is summer only (and I suggest letting the roads dry for a couple days after rain) and winds south until it hits the Forest Service boundary, where it becomes the Forest Service Miller Mesa Road 852. I do have a track of CR 5, but I fear I haven’t yet posted it, because at the time I made it, I couldn’t get all the way to the end of the still-snow-covered road.
The photo above is the only one of the CR 5 series that I needed to take into Photoshop Essentials. It looks so far west that haze was a problem; I improved it a bit.
Traveling further south, the road is atop a ridge. There’s quite a view to the east as shown above.
The final photo, above, shows that many of the leaves are down, but there are still more to go. This is taken not terribly far from where the photo at the very top of this post was taken. That’s the Sneffels Range in the background.