A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Colorful Colorado

This the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railway, a narrow gauge railroad that runs from Chama, New Mexico to Antonito, Colorado.  It travels through the South San Juan Wilderness Area over the Cumbres Pass (10,022 feet) and La Manga Pass (10,230 feet).

I could see in the distance all this black smoke billowing up out from the forest and thought the forest was on fire.  But it was just this little locomotive pouring the coals to the boiler trying to get up enough steam to clear the pass.

This guy in the big motorhome was in his own all fired hurry riding my butt.  Finally he went around, black diesel smoke spewing from his exhaust pipe.  A few miles later he got stuck behind this logging truck.  It made my day.  HA HA!

Slow down dude and enjoy the journey!

We pulled into the Walmart in Alamosa, Colorado just in time to see this guy try to park his empire.  The truck has a big rack sticking out front holding four cans of fuel among other stuff.  What could possibly go wrong with that?  Then his four door pickup (packed full inside) with dual tires on back towing the fifth wheel which had its own big rack on the back carrying a monster generator along with more crap.  Wait, we're not finished.  There is a trailer connected to the fifth wheel which is loaded with Lord knows what behind a Jeep AND another storage box in front of the Jeep, which made me wonder how he gets the Jeep off of the trailer.  Dude, simplify your life!


  1. That's quite a rig! I wonder how he goes round sharp corners. Not many miles to the gallon pulling all that equipment along the roads, especially uphill!


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