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Old 05-02-2014, 06:55 AM   #15
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Man I almost had a heart attack driving 550 a few years ago. There is NO WAY I I could handle that with the Airstream. Just the idea makes me want to throw up.
550 is so beautiful it would be a shame to miss it. I have pulled my 30 that route three times, you just have to take it very slow and easy and dont care if someone is behind you. There are passing lanes for speeding subarus.

I would not take it if i had a marginal tow vehicle or questionable trailer brakes.

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Old 05-02-2014, 07:16 AM   #16
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It was VERY beautiful, and I'm sure I'd do it given the chance. When I drove 550 I had just finished the Alpine Loop in a jeep, so I had two days of white knuckle and adrenaline filled driving. We don't have roads like that in Arkansas.......
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Old 05-02-2014, 08:50 AM   #17
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Taken at 10,000' on top one of the several passes on the way to Gunnison. If we had people behind us it was no biggy to pull in one the many pull offs on the way. Most of the time we were able to stay ahead of the Pack.
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:39 AM   #18
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The most challenging mountain pass in your route on US550 between Durango and Grand Junction is Red Mountain Pass between Silverton and Ouray. An alternative is to go over Lizard Head Pass and through Telluride. The pucker factor is much lower.
This adds about an hour more and 60 miles to the trip. Having put a new Jeep over the edge due to black ice on Molas pass, my wife refuses to go over Red Mountain any more. Quite frankly, the scenery on 145 is every bit as impressive as that on on 550 in my opinion. If you do go on 550, be sure and stop at the Memorial for snow plow drivers that have died on that stretch of the road.
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Old 05-02-2014, 02:27 PM   #19
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If you do go on 550, be sure and stop at the Memorial for snow plow drivers that have died on that stretch of the road.
....and snow plow drivers are not the only ones that have a hard time with this stretch. I snapped these two pics of a gas tanker coming down the hill while I was on a bike trip a few years ago. Ah....the smell of burning brake linings in the mountains.....


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That poor sagging Honda...where is the weight distribution?

Just think how much that front axle (which is the primary drive axle) is unloaded coming down a 10,000ft mountain pass...

Egads!
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That poor sagging Honda...where is the weight distribution

Egads!
The only sag is in your mind.
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I see no sag. Jim
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