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Old 07-16-2009, 09:32 AM
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Especially with John driving it white knuckled
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:45 AM
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Especially with John driving it white knuckled
Heck, I don't worry about those dings any more. Hell, I rolled my LX450 last winter though it got lucky body-wise.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:46 AM
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I saw your post via traffic to my Governor page. You'll enjoy the road, and your trip is dead-center of wildflower peak bloom.
Darren: You think Governor is one of those "make a mistake and die" roads? I want to be sure because I'm the guy who is suggesting we all do it.
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:24 PM
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If you make a mistake on this road, that means you aren't paying attention and probably shouldn't be driving anyway! Honestly, if you know how to drive, and are comfortable with Colorado's high shelf roads, there's nothing to worry about.

Nay has a good point regarding snow conditions. This is one of the few roads they don't plow, and just let it melt out naturally. I believe this year's snowpack ended up being right around average, or a little bit under, and it's usually fully open by July 20. With last year's record snow, I'm sure it was well into August. It wasn't open when I was there at the end of July. It looks like it's not fully open right now (click here), but I would expect it to be open when you're here. You can try giving SOA (the linked tour company, or any of the other area tour outfits) a call for updates as your time nears to see if they know anything else.
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If you make a mistake on this road, that means you aren't paying attention and probably shouldn't be driving anyway! Honestly, if you know how to drive, and are comfortable with Colorado's high shelf roads, there's nothing to worry about.
Gotcha. So you re-confirm what you've said before. Thanks for the reassuarance.

We'll plan on it for sure and hope the snow is gone!
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Old 07-16-2009, 07:35 PM
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Man, I love your pics Darren! I peruse your npcolorado.net when I can.

Keep up the good work!
X2...Darren's site has been in my favorite's list for many years. My wife uses it as a reference for figuring out different photo shots. And a nice guy to boot.
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:57 AM
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For virtually anyone who has experience on a 4WD road, this road isn't anything significant. If you were referring to the Sidney Basin section I have listed on my site, it's not difficult, either; just less traveled. It's less "difficult" than the Governor route which has just but one short rocky section and a shelf section. Like any road in the San Juans, it's all about the views. You're good to go.
Hey Darren. Where's the Sydney Basin stuff on your site? Thanks!
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:54 PM
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"I betcha an 80 will make it fine.. in a 100 it's probably questionable"

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But seriously I would not worry too much about snow, it was light this winter in the San Juans
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Old 08-03-2009, 08:38 PM
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Hey Darren. Where's the Sydney Basin stuff on your site? Thanks!
Sorry for the delay here, but I just got back from taking a two-week vacation. I'm sure you've already left, but if not, my Sidney Basin road pictures start here in my Governor Basin gallery. Man, my trails section needs a lot of work. I can't even stand to look at them any more as they're so poor. Oh well.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:47 AM
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Thanks Darren for the Sydney link. Thanks x2 for the info on Governor. Based on your local eval of the trail our group decided to go for it. It was a HUGE sucess for 2 reasons.

1. The area is amazingly beautiful
2. It was a new trail that nobody in the group had ever done

The info we got in Ouray was also correct in that the wildflowers in Governor were coming in late this year. It sure was green though the flowers were in their early stages.

We will not skip this trail ever (if open) on future visits!

Oh, and for the others, our 100 did make it and so did Chris'.



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