Waking up in a dry, warm room the morning after a long day of trail riding was one of the most blissful moments of the trip. Combine that with homemade bread being delivered to our room made for a great start to the seventh day of our escape from reality.
(Click on the following days to read more of my “Cruising to Colorado” series. Blog post: Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four and Five, Day Six)
We snacked on the bread until we caved and warmed up leftover pizza and quesadillas…breakfast of champions, am I right? We couldn’t waste all of that delicious food we had left and with a microwave in the room the decision had been made quite easily. We got our smorgasbord of food and went outside to the balcony, enjoying our “brunch” and watching traffic go by.
The balcony is a perfect place to drink coffee!
After spending some more time enjoying the luxury of an actual room, we packed our belongings and hopped back into the truck ready for another day of exploring the wilderness. On the itinerary was the Corkscrew Gulch trail, located back toward the direction of Silverton on the Million Dollar Highway. It gets its name “corkscrew” from the switchbacks you have to take to get to the top of one of the mountains.
Goodbye, Main Street Inn!
We made sure this trail would be a fairly easy ride after conquering Engineer Pass and Mineral Creek yesterday. We wanted a relaxing trail filled with beautiful sights and Corkscrew Gulch seemed like it would fit the bill. It was a perfect day for driving after the misty rain that took place the day before. The sun was shining radiantly and cotton ball clouds were floating in the clear blue sky.
Getting back onto the Million Dollar Highway was something I dreaded but also anticipated. We would be seeing some beautiful parts of the country while driving on an incredibly narrow road and with the wrong turn–off the cliff you would go. So, my feelings were without doubt mixed on the way to the trail.
Once we arrived to the trail head, Cody did some tweaking under the hood to make sure the truck was good to go. We didn’t want to be on the middle of some switchbacks and the truck give up on us!
Starting out on this trail, I already knew we were going to have a good time. We went through woods, streams, rocky areas and up a mountain–this trail had the best of everything for people who may want to give off-roading a shot. Vibrant, red mountains were visible while driving on the trail, something we hadn’t seen in Colorado yet. Continue reading