Colorado 12 passes tour

(the originally intended route is further down) 12 Passes Trip Via Jones Valley Click here for photo gallery. My 12-Passes trip began with a trek to Jones Valley in Arkansas for the annual family reunion. July 1 Left home 7 Am. Got hot Very quickly & by Tyler at noon it Was well into the 90’s headed for 100. Then rain. Thank goodness. And I was in it until past Texarkana. With a donut breakfast in Lampasas & but a single chicken thigh somewhere in far NE Texas, I arrived in Jones Valley hungry at 4:30. 470 mi. 9:16 time. Avg. speed 50.5. I then spent that Friday night, Saturday and Sunday in the Valley. Was up until about 2:30 Monday morning yakking with some cousins and eating sausage cooked over a roaring fire on the end of a freshly cut sapling branch. July in Arkansas and we had a fire? Well, there’s just no better place to swap lies than around a camp fire. July 4 Depart J. V. At 7:20. It was early, given the late night before. But I was exhilarated with the notion of meeting the guys in Dumas and heading for Colorado. I had a gentle rain until I hit I-40 just East of Oklahoma City. Talimena Skyway was gorgeous this time – no fog. Last year I had dense fog across there that...

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