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Hey folks,


My brother and I are planning on taking a scenic and leisurely 4 day road trip with our 67 and 68 Rivieras the last week of June.  


It will be a round trip beginning near Canon City.  Some stops will include Kremmling area, Steamboat Springs, Flaming Gorge, Colorado National Monument, Ourey, Silverton, Durango, and Wolf Creek Pass.  


We are hoping at least one of our Riviera's make it. 😁


If anyone is interested in running your Garage Queen's on the open road, hit me up.



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1 hour ago, NTX5467 said:

Be sure to go into the NOAA website to check the weather in that area before you go.

Good thought, but the stops he and his brother have planned has them ziggin' and zaggin' across the bulk/peaks of the Rockies.

Weather changes pretty fast and the mountain peaks divert weather such that there is no pattern.

Steamboat Springs - 6,867'

Colorado National Monument - elevations ranging from 4,000 to 7,000 feet

Ourey -- 7,792'

Silverton - 9,318'

Durango - 6,512'

Wolf Creek Pass - 10,869'


At those elevations in summer you are sweating but don't realize it

You guys MUST DRINK lots and lots of water.


While 8000 feet (2500 meters) is considered the usual threshold altitude for High Altitude Illness (HAI), some persons are more sensitive to lower oxygen levels and may become ill at altitudes of 5000 to 7000 feet (1500 to 2100 meters). It is usually possible to prevent HAI by ascending slowly and allowing your body to adjust as you go.



The symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness are similar to a hangover, and include:


Feeling tired

Lightheadedness or dizziness

Lack of appetite

Difficulty staying asleep (waking frequently)

Nausea, sometimes with vomiting

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Might a smart watch that can measure "vitals" and blood oxygen content be useful at those higher elevations, too?


Download a reliable weather app on your phone so you can periodically check weather conditions.


Enjoy, amid the wheezin' engines,


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We spend a lot of time in the Durango, Ouray, and Telluride areas which are all located in the San Juan mountains.  It is a spectacularly beautiful area.  Telluride is a stop you should consider.   The altitude sickness mentioned above is a serious thing especially if your lungs are compromised. Generally lots of hydration solves the problem but alcohol can make it far worse.  

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