Thursday, September 21, 2017

In Grand Junction for the Night. Next Stop....Fort Collins

Long day driving. Not so much in hours, but in "mental calculation load" terms.

We filled up in St. George before we left, and then twice more. The Jeep was guzzling fuel like crazy towing the loaded trailer through the mountains. Tomorrow we cross the Rockies, IF we can get through the Vail Pass. A semi truck heading West went out of control, crossed all the Eastbound lanes, and then crashed into the side of the mountain and burst into flames. CoDOT is working to clear the mess, but as of  1811, the pass was still closed.

The CoDOT website gives a detour route, and hopefully if Vail Pass is still closed tomorrow they'll have the detour signs in place.

I'll check again Friday morning after we have breakfast.


  1. They will recommend US 24 to Leadville. It is a steep climb on a 2 lane road with limited passing. Probably will be jammed. I would top off in Eagle just to be on the safe side.

  2. Sounds like you may get to take the real scenic route.
    Best of luck my man, I'm rootin' for ya.

  3. Thanks, guys.

    Looks like I-70 Eastbound is open again, per CDOT.


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