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Old 08-22-2016, 09:11 AM   #1
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I know there are many CO experts on this forum & would appreciate your advice. We are taking Hwy 50 from Grand Junction to Montrose and that appears to be fine. The question is should we take Hwy 50 East to get to Pueblo? I've done it many years ago on a motorcycle and enjoyed the twists & turns but now it's a 45' Newmar towing an F-150 & I'm not looking for a white-knuckle ride If the suggestion is to avoid that part of Hwy 50, are there other options? Doesn't look like a lot of other "West-East" route alternatives. Thanks in advance & safe travels.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:51 AM   #2
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Driving highway 50 from Grand Junction to Pueblo is not a problem, have done it twice this year. Going over Monarch Pass with elevation just over 11,000 feet takes a bit of time, 35-40 mph up and down with engine brake on. There is not any options on higway 50 other than Monarch Pass. You will do fine, just take it easy.
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Driving highway 50 from Grand Junction to Pueblo is not a problem, have done it twice this year. Going over Monarch Pass with elevation just over 11,000 feet takes a bit of time, 35-40 mph up and down with engine brake on. There is not any options on higway 50 other than Monarch Pass. You will do fine, just take it easy.
Thanks very much for the feedback & "Taking it easy" is what I do best. Really looking forward to some nice CO weather at the end of Sept to get out of this Houston heat! Thanks again & regards--
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Hwy 50 is definitely the way to go...did it often with our 40' MH.
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We're doing US-50 from GJ to Salida and so far have made it to Gunnison with no problem and I'm confident the drive over Monarch will be no worse than Wolf Creek which we've done in each direction. just take your time and use the appropriate gears.
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Big Dude. When you get to Salida look up Amicas Pizza if you like brick oven pizza.
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Also. Have done Monarch Pass several times. It's a good route and very scenic, just let the significant other do the gazing.
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Thanks to you all for the timely responses & good info. Can't wait to get on the road. Co-pilot in charge of photos, I'm in charge of keeping on the asphalt. Safe travels all--
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Just returned form a trip taking Hwy 50 from Grand Junction to Pueblo, where i then took I-25 south to home. Hwy 50 is no problem, Monarch Pass (11,312 ft at summit) is just a long pull up and then down, but no real sharp turns or real narrow roads. I pretty much maintained the posted speed limit up and down, and used the engine brake on way down with barely any need for chassis brakes. Did it pulling a toad the whole way. Beautiful scenery and much better than boring interstate freeway.
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