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maddog348

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Posted: 08/27/19 05:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How is the road?? Anything scary??





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Beautiful scenery!


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Dangerous Roads-Monarch Pass

Monarch Pass down the article

Actually I think that Dangerous Roads site is pure click bait to scare flatlanders. I've been over many of them including Monarch Pass, and didn't have any problems. In Colorado the weather rules tho so a snow storm on Monarch Pass is something to avoid.


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Age, Monarch Pass was beautiful!

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Just came over the pass last month. Some patchs of rough road, but not bad at all. We have been over the pass many times and find it to be one of the easier routes. And the scenery is just beautiful. Drive safe!


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Heading east up the pass is mostly three lane with a passing lane in the uphill direction. Use tranny to keep speed in check downhill. Nothing scary about this pass.

There is a tram and gift shop at the top of the pass.


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Keep in mind the weather can be beautiful at the bottom but when you get near the top it can be a different story.

My first trip over the pass (eat to west) was during the first week in November 1972 in a 1966 Econline I'd fitted with a heater and a bed. Like I said, the weather before the climb was beautiful. As I got higher, it began to snow. The Econline had a carburetor and the higher it got the less pep it had. I had the throttle to the floor as I sped ever upward at about 10mph in the snow. It didn't have enough power to spin the tires (I had no chains - just all season tires) in the snow! I became a little nervous but as long as I was moving forward, we continued on. A snow plow passed going down the hill as I approached the top. As I rounded a curve at the very top, there was a pickup truck with a snowmobile in the bed off in the ditch on the other side of the road. He was lucky to have run off there because most of the road has no guardrail - the snowplows push the snow over the side into the valley below. I was relieved to be over the pass and headed down. We pulled over and played in the snow and packed our cooler with snow. We were on a two week vacation and I never did buy any ice for the cooler. I had to take my vacation in the winter back then because I serviced HVAC/R and couldn't get away during prime vacation time. Drove from St Louis to San Diego and back in two weeks. Haven't taken a trip where I saw so much of America in such a short time since but that's what you do when your young and adventurous. Monarch Pass, I remember it well! (That Econline was never the same after that climb.)


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We drove it last year during the heat wave and fires in Colorado. It was a piece of cake for a 2005 F350 with a V10.

We took 50 across Nevada to Ely and spent the night there. Then to Delta Utah (beautiful city park), to Green River Utah and stayed overnight at the State park. Then, to Montrose Colorado, over Monarch Pass and stayed in Divide. My niece and fiancé were at the Academy in Colorado Springs and got married in Black Forest.

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I have done that with 80,000 lbs, many truckers do. It's just another mountain pass if you drive mountains regular. If not the secrets watching your speed and don't ride the brakes. You can go down 100's of times too slow, only once too fast. Use lower gears on the down hill and save the breaks.


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Devo ~~ Cool Post ~~ Thanks

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